Four Peaks

In the late 19th century, the area known as the Castro marked the end of town. Now, it is the epicenter for global gay culture. Officially called Eureka Valley, this is where Market Street stopped and cows grazed. A cable car line officially linked it with downtown in 1887 and Irish immigrants built a church and a small community. With the "white flight" of urbanites moving to the suburbs in the 1950s and 60s, the neighborhood fell into disrepair. Over the sixties and seventies, multitudes of gay men and women started to move into the neighborhood and fix up the homes, eventually claiming the neighborhood as their own. We will cover the rich history of this vibrant and colorful neighborhood and climb to four of the surrounding hills of the Eureka Valley. Secret staircases, hidden concrete slides and gardens, the geographical center, and four of the best vistas in the City, will be some of the sites on this walk. Lots of uphills and steep staircases make this a challenging but very rewarding and fun adventure.
 
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Large hills and many stairs
Distance: 3.85m / 6.2km
Hill Count: 3
Stair steps: 437
Max Elevation: 789ft / 67m
Min Elevation: 120ft / 40m

Highlights

  • Castro Camera Shop

  • Tank Hill

  • Corona heights


 
 

My husband and I hooked up with Ryan for one of his four different walking tours and we were NOT disappointed!! Ryan has the rare ability to read his clients quickly and cater his tour accordingly. We chose the Four Peaks tour. Ryan has a vast amount of knowledge about this beautiful city and he makes it his goal to keep learning and passing it on.
— Suzanne M.
 

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