I did get out after work on Friday, around 5:30, and hiked up to the Historic Trail via the West Ridge.
1. I brushed the section between the West Ridge and the bend just above the Nike pipeline, focusing on over-arching blackberry vines and shoulder-height elderberry bushes on the upslope. It should last us into winter. I left it kinda narrow in places, to reduce the temptation for bicyclists to speed toward that corner where people ride high up the bank). But… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on September 24, 2011 at 11:44am —
Thanks Craig, for posting all the photos !
We , of the volunteer stewardship movement, really like signage - it gives the public information about what we are trying to do and ways to hook up and help out.
One of my peeves about some of the ' restoration ' projects in the City is that ' signage ' has not been placed as a priority , so it is next to impossible for a public user of these trails and ' under restoration ' green spaces to know who contributes to these efforts… Continue
Added by Robert Bakewell on August 23, 2011 at 5:40pm —
Found a whole series of wonderfully informative videos on Youtube. The quirk is that a few videos have mismatched titles, so the Basic Trail Maintenance video is titled "Constructing Trail Switchbacks", and the Handtools for Trailwork videos (two parts) are titled "An Axe to Grind" (and vice versa), but once I figured out this part I was able to enjoy the videos in all their glory :) So here is a correct list of videos; you'll have to disregard the fact that the titles are wrong. The channel… Continue
Added by Nina 'Froggy' Vlanin on August 4, 2011 at 2:37pm —
I love looking at Mt. Sutro in Google Earth. From a height of 250 meters, I can see the mountain and UCSF buildings in wonderful detail. Unfortunately, you can't see any of the trails beneath the dense forest canopy. Can anyone make a .kmz file with all of Sutro's trails which one can then use in Google Earth? I would love to have such an overlay, which would help in my future explorations on the mountain.
Added by Nina 'Froggy' Vlanin on July 10, 2011 at 1:42am —
Take a Hike... Using Newly Uncovered Mount Sutro Trail
LINK TO SFRPD BLOG
Added by Craig Dawson on June 7, 2011 at 12:35pm —
Everythings checked off the list and the truck's stuffed, ready for whatever tomorrow brings. We'll be reopening the Interior Greenbelt, rain or shine. It may be one of those days where we all return wearing the same color uniforms, brown! Guaranteed to be a rewarding experience for all who participate. Hope to see you there!
Added by Craig Dawson on June 3, 2011 at 8:41pm —
UCSF is famous for many things but probably most overlooked is its amazing on-campus mountain, the verdant and mysterious Mt. Sutro. How many of the busy people on Parnassnus have explored its trails, seen its ocean views, or lolled in its fragrant meadow? With colorful flowers and grasses now bobbing in Spring’s breezes, the time has come to hike up Mt. Sutro.
There are basically four routes to the summit, each approaching from one of the cardinal directions. From Parnassus, the most… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on June 1, 2011 at 9:00pm —
Published in the SF State Xpress [magazine]
At least sixty people congregate in a parking lot hidden in the woods. Young, old, hip, plain, flannels, jeans,… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on May 22, 2011 at 4:22pm —
Right now, mid April has got to be the best time to hike the Sutro trails and view first hand the wonderful selection of native plants in bloom. While I love to take groups out for guided tours, it's often exploring at your own pace with camera in hand that can be personally rewarding. If you've already… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on April 15, 2011 at 5:00pm —
The Sutro Stewards hosted a group of stewardship volunteers from Clif Bar on Wednesday the 16th.
We performed habitat and trail work on the Fairy Gates and Edgewood trail intersection area. Cape and English ivy, nightshade and other assorted weeds were removed and the trail corridor was pruned. We also… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on March 18, 2011 at 10:35am —
Yesterday was a Third Sunday of the month, and a different kind of volunteer event than the Sutro Stewards normally host. The Stewards have identified a few winter projects that need to be addressed, and so this special series of Third Sunday volunteer events has been developed to address them. The work… Continue
Added by Dan Schneider on February 21, 2011 at 8:56am —
Don't be alarmed if you pass through Rotary Meadow and find a patch of bare soil in one small area. The meadow is being replanted this winter with several new species of grasses and plants which are not already found within the garden area. This is part of the intent of the original demonstration area, to determine what succeeds and what doesn't. The area where the work is taking place was one of the lowest performing of the areas planted in 2004. Now six years after the original planting,… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on December 15, 2010 at 5:30pm —
The Walker's Map of San Francisco is a great new map by Sutro Steward's cartographer, Ben Pease, who has been exploring San Francisco for more than 3 decades. This large-format topographic map shows all the City's neighborhoods, parks, and trails.
The north half extends from Golden Gate Park and Civic Center north to Angel Island and the Marin Headlands; the south… Continue
Added by Benjamin Pease on December 7, 2010 at 11:05am —
Early on the morning of December 1, Dan, Hector and I set about reconstructing the granite bench that sits in Rotary Meadow. Fairly confidant it wouldn't be too complicated with
assistance of our skilled BobCat operator Hector, we assembled at the site with rock bars and assorted tools and timber. I can't say for sure what the weight of those granite slabs is for certain but before the morning was over many tons of stone were lifted and jockeyed into place. In the process the bases… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on December 6, 2010 at 3:30pm —
A week before Thanksgiving I put the finishing touches on my big trail map of San Francisco, and sent it to the printer. I've brought various draft maps to trail builds - thanks to everyone who offered encouragement and constructive criticism over the last year.
The Walker's Map of San Francisco is remarkably close to my original vision, of a map showing both the city in large enough detail to show the trails in all the parks, and fun landmarks throughout the city (from Lotta's… Continue
Added by Benjamin Pease on November 15, 2010 at 10:30pm —
The Orb Weaver or Pumpkin Spider has returned to Rotary Meadow just in time for Halloween.
Those familiar with the annual cycles on Mount Sutro learn quickly NOT to wonder off the pathways in Rotary Meadow during the fall. On more than one occasion these plump spiders have hitched a ride on the unwary, making for a nasty surprise when spotted. They have a tendency to climb rapidly up toward the neck. OK, you've been… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on October 20, 2010 at 7:14pm —
The San Francisco Parks Trust has announced that the Sutro Stewards will receive $2,000 toward a new habitat project. The timing is excellent since the project involves planting during the rainy season. Work will begin within the next two months with the results visible during the spring and summer 2011. The goal is to increase diversity of habitat to attract new wildlife species to the targeted area.… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on October 18, 2010 at 7:48pm —
Just wondered if I was the only one paying attention on Sunday when during the air show a tight formation of four Blue Angels fighters flew over the summit of Mount Sutro just above the tree tops. That would have been real close to 1,000 feet. Wonder if they realized that was the old NIKE site they were passing by?… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on October 11, 2010 at 5:35pm —
Today a lucky 20 volunteers were the first in many decades to again stand upon the Stanyan Historc Trail (as we're now calling it). This occurred after a morning of removing brush and a six-inch layer of duff covering the original bench. Great effort and much caution was used in exposing the original trail and backslope while trying not to damage what has been hidden from sight for so long.
The Sutro Stewards have been down what remained of the trail over the last couple of… Continue
Added by Craig Dawson on October 2, 2010 at 9:27pm —
I was recently talking with one of the gardeners/neighbors at the community garden by Laguna Honda/7th Ave./Plaza St. about the trails that go up from that area towards Mt. Sutro. I love the work that we have done so far, and I think that others probably agree that the ideal would be to visit hidden areas rather than criss-crossing the same areas with trails.
There are a lot of signs announcing the imminent procecution of anyone trespassing in that area, which I had assumed was a… Continue
Added by reZz reZz on September 30, 2010 at 1:52pm —