Twin Peaks Trails Improvement and Promenade Project

Illustration of Twin Peaks and project featuresBackground

Twin Peaks is one of the most-visited natural areas, with stunning 360-degree views of the city and surrounding Bay Area. The Twin Peaks trail network was in poor condition with failing steps, redundant social trails that contributed to erosion and loss of sensitive habitat, and a lack of trail identification and wayfinding signage.

Scope of Work

The Twin Peaks Access, Roadway, and Pedestrian Walkway Improvement Project involves improving the trail system via more sustainable realignment, restoration of previously disturbed areas, installation of new steps as needed, and wayfinding signage. These measures improve public safety, reduce erosion, help preserve adjacent habitat, and improve the experience for park users. The conceptual plan for this work was approved by the Rec and Park Commission and some of the work completed (see below). However, due to funding constraints, there is still work to be done.  

The pedestrian walkway is the section of Twin Peaks Boulevard that runs along the eastern base of the two peaks and that was permanently closed as a roadway via MTA Board action. The scope of work for the pedestrian walkway includes converting the closed roadway to a rustic but welcoming linear park.

CompletedMap of Twin Peaks Trail Improvements and Promenade Opens in new window

  • 2013-2014 – A new multi-use trail segment adjacent to Twin Peaks Boulevard but off the roadway, starts at the intersection of Twin Peaks Boulevard and Portola Avenue and continues to the first curve in the road. This trail was completed by volunteers, in partnership with V-O-Cal (Volunteers for Outdoor California) and SF Urban Riders. In addition to providing greater pedestrian safety, this trail segment connects, via the sidewalk, Portola Ave crosswalk and through a trail on the School of the Arts property, to Glen Canyon Park, which completes the “Creeks to Peaks” Trail.
  • 2015 – Addition of 3 crosswalks serving trail users, in collaboration with SFMTA and SF Public Works, as part of Twin Peaks Boulevard repaving and the Pilot Road Closure.
  • 2017 – Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project Phase 1: major overhaul of two critical trail segments: 1) the trail up and over the north peak and 2) the trail adjacent to Mission Blue Butterfly habitat at the first curve.
  • 2015-2018 – SFMTA Figure 8 Redesign Planning Study: funded by a Priority Conservation Area Grant, in collaboration with SFMTA.
  • 2020 – SFMTA initiated the Twin Peaks For All vision in 2020 to reconfigure vehicle circulation and to provide additional recreation space for the public. More information about this program, including surveys and reports, can be found on SFMTA’s Twin Peaks For All webpage.

Planned

  • Improvements to the remaining trail segments that were included as part of the approved concept design but which were excluded from the Phase 1 project due to insufficient funding: the trail up and over the south peak, the trail just south of that and, if funding allows, the trail down to Crestline Drive, the nearest Muni stop, and the neighborhood to the East (funded, to be completed by end of 2023)
  • Conversion of the closed eastern half of the Twin Peaks Boulevard “Figure 8” to a linear park “promenade” (still finalizing administration and design and working to secure funding)

Funding

  • 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond
  • 2010 Habitat Conservation Fund (Twin Peaks Trails Improvements) grant
  • 2013 Habitat Conservation Fund (Creeks to Peaks) grant (for trail improvements at Glen Canyon Park as well as at Twin Peaks)
  • Priority Conservation Area grants (2)
  • 2020 Health and Recovery Bond
  • 2022 Priority Conservation Area Grant through State Coastal Conservancy
  • 2022 California State Park Dept. Regional Program – Prop. 68
  • 2024 Recreation Trail Program (RTP) Grant

Project Schedule for Trail Improvements - Phase 1 (2013 - 2017)

PhaseTimeline
Construction of V-O-Cal Creeks to Peaks Trail 2013 - 2014
Construction of Crosswalks2015
Construction of Trail Improvement Phase 12017
Open to the public2017


Project Schedule for Trail Improvements - Phase 2 (2021 - 2024)

PhaseTimeline
PlanningSummer 2021
DesignFall 2022
ConstructionSpring 2024 - Fall 2024
Open to the publicSummer 2024


Project Schedule for Promenade/Roadway Conversion (2021-2025)

PhaseTimeline
PlanningSummer 2021
DesignFall 2022
ConstructionSummer 2025 - Fall 2026
Open to the publicSpring 2026


Project Updates

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  1. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Trail Improvement and Promenade Project Update | Project update February 2024

    We have lots of progress to share about Twin Peaks! First let’s start with the Promenade. We received news this week that the project has been awarded $1,493,692 from the Recreational Trail Program (RTP) Grant. This new funding source will fund Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Improvement Project | Virtual Community Meeting on April 25, 6 pm

    Please join us for a community meeting with updates on the Twin Peaks Improvement Project on April 25 at 6:00pm. We will be providing you with the Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Pedestrian Walkway update | February 2023

    We’re happy to share that our design team at the Department of Public Works (DPW) has completed a major project milestone... Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Pedestrian Walkway and Trail Improvement Project is Making Progress on Design

    Over the last several months we’ve been working on construction documents for the three remaining trail segments slated for renovation: . . . Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Project Update 10/27/22!

    Our design team at Public Works is busy at work developing details for the renovation of trails . . . Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Pedestrian Walkway and Trail Improvement Project Receives Construction Funding

    Earlier this season Twin Peaks was awarded $500K from the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), Priority Conservation Area Grant (PCA) . . . Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Pedestrian Walkway Commission Approval and Project Manager Transition

    The Twin Peaks Pedestrian Walkway conceptual design was approved by the . . . Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Pedestrian Walkway Concept Design to Rec and Park Commission for Approval in June

    Rec and Park is incorporating feedback we received from our online update and survey . . . Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Twin Peaks Project Update 5/2/22!

    Thanks to the 698 people who completed our online survey in Fall 2021 regarding Twin Peaks Promenade design. . . . Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    TWIN PEAKS FIGURE 8 REDESIGN PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY UPDATES

    Here are a few updates regarding the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign / Pedestrian Walkway Project Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update

    TWIN PEAKS FIGURE 8 REDESIGN NEXT STEPS

    Thanks again to all who came to our community open house this Spring and to those who provided input via email. Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    CALL FOR INPUT: TWIN PEAKS PROMENADE CONCEPT DESIGN

    Thanks to the 30+ community members who made it out to Midtown Terrace Clubhouse for our open house this Tuesday evening Read on...
  13. Capital Project Update

    REMINDER: MAY 8 OPEN HOUSE FOR TWIN PEAKS FIGURE 8 PROMENADE DESIGN

    A reminder that this Tuesday we are hosting an Open House to review and collect input Read on...
  14. Capital Project Update

    TWIN PEAKS FIGURE 8 REDESIGN UPDATES

    Rec and Park staff, together with SFMTA staff, recommend extending the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Read on...
  15. Capital Project Update

    TWIN PEAKS TRAILS OPENED THIS AFTERNOON

    The newly aligned, more sustainable trail adjacent to Mission Blue Butterfly habitat opened to the public this afternoon! Read on...
  16. Capital Project Update

    TWIN PEAKS ROAD PAVING AND FIGURE 8 PROJECT UPDATES

    San Francisco Public Works is moving forward as planned with the second phase of Twin Peaks Boulevard repaving Read on...
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  1. Keri Ayers

    Project Manager- Capital and Planning Division