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Just visited the new trail yesterday. The birds in this area, back and forth above me, just blew me away. This is a new blog (posting verbatim here) that I posted on my photoblog site (where the pix mentioned below are displayed):
"If You Love Birds and Their Songs
... then you gotta hike Mount Sutro’s newly uncovered Lower Historic Trail from 17th and Stanyan into the Interior Greenbelt.
The trail, which originates from the late 1880s, was blocked off to the public for years and has just reopened. Counted 16 new wood steps where the old stairway was -- see above for how this old trailhead used to look. Some guys were working in the area as I headed up the steps and onto the trail.
Immediately noticed a great abundance of various birds and their songs. The trail didn’t feel like it was a half-mile long; I never wanted it to end. How lucky are we to have this midcity beautyspot and how much do I envy those who live on the upper part of Stanyan and on Edgewood Ave. with this little piece of heaven as their backyards.
The trail soon connected with the familiar Edgewood Trail (see above) and I continued across Medical Center Way, onto the North Ridge Trail and up to the summit native plant garden.
Encountered a couple of bicyclists and several trail runners. Was all alone at the summit bench for a few moments before descending the East Ridge Trail to check out the progress of the future Aldea Community Center (end of Medical Center Way at Johnstone with the East Ridge trailhead just across from it). What a gorgeous building; not yet open though.
To find out more about Sutro Stewards and their work, check out their Website:
and their Facebook page:
Sutro: the Mountain in Our Backyard, T. Booth Haley, UCSF Synapse Staff Writer
One thing I’m especially enthusiastic about is that the ultimate goal of the Stewards is to connect Mount Sutro with Twin Peaks while “maintaining minimal road crossings and exposure to the urbanization that dominates San Francisco’s landscape” and hoping Glen Canyon can be included also.
Down from the summit and heading back on the Edgewood Trail slowly – no rushing! – out to the dead-end of redbricked Edgewood, could see the new trail clearly directly across the canyon."
Some photos of the new trail will be shared with Sutro Stewards and will be on my Facebook photo albums soon as well.
There was a steepish trail I used to scramble up from somewhere on Crestmont in the Forest Knolls ‘hood into Sutro Forest before the trails up here were as well maintained as they are now. Today upon reaching the top of the long Oakhurst stairway at Crestmont (first pic), turned left to look for it. It’s marked on the Sutro Stewards trails map as a steep…Continue
Posted on September 28, 2011 at 6:00pm
I sometimes consider looking for old trails or semi-trails hiked before serious trailwork began some years ago on Mount Sutro.
One was where I’d climb up from Crestmont rather steeply in one instance, being obliged to sometimes hold onto tree branches while slipping and sliding on damp eucalyptus leaves. Now I’m not sure exactly where this one was. It seems to have disappeared…
Posted on September 7, 2011 at 8:00pm
Was even more impressed with the Lower Historic Trail today than on my earlier visits. Heaven does exist – right here in mid-city San Francisco.
Started up via the Farnsworth stairway (149 steps – first photo) and south a couple blocks to the vehicle dead-end for Edgewood Ave. and the trailhead for the Edgewood Trail (second pic). Pleased this time to see that here and…
Posted on August 20, 2011 at 6:30pm
This is a verbatim post from my blog on Weebly:
New photos coming soon...
Originally planned to just walk Mount Sutro’s new Lower Historic Trail once today – the opposite way from my first trip last week. Started up Farnsworth Lane (149 steps – see first pic) and the few very…Continue
Posted on June 16, 2011 at 9:25pm