New steps invite one to the north and south of the viewbench. South used to be a skinny trail. Glad the bench is still here. Pic 4.
Down 48 steps to the north, pic 5. However, this part still hadn’t been completed; a rocky-slippery trail below as descended last time. Back up to check out the new stairs (44) to the south: 6 thru 13.
Ahead noticed a separate stairway descending from Crags Court Community Garden in the Diamond Heights 'hood, replacing the older steps. Pix 14, 15. Up the stairs to stop in at the garden briefly. As always when I’ve visited, the gates were unlocked; someone was working inside.
This delightful new trail continues curvingly all the way down to the Canyon’s main trail. There are short stretches of narrow dirt trail in between the 184 winding wood steps: 16 thru 21.
The Canyon floor canopy trail on the east side usually taken was blocked off due to construction. Detoured to the trail on the west side of the rustic wood fence.
Very nice little trail here, pic 22. At its end, back around to the east trail at the foot of the north “climbing rock steps” where there was another temporary blockoff at that end, pic 23.
Continued north, pix 24, 25, 26, then up again to the slightly higher trail just below the long-legged houses. Back down again (now an easier grade) to do “my” northernmost trail where this new footbridge over Islais Creek beckoned to me, pix 27, 28. No more old tire and tree limbs for stepping over the creek.
There’s been a lot of hacking at blackberry bushes and other plants to widen this trail (pix 29, 30), but so far it hasn’t been extended past the end of the school playing field’s chainlink fence.
On the way back, took the 68 or so wood steps (pic 31) up where there was another trail closure for the still-black-stuff-lined stairs on the south side of the climbing rocks. Ongoing construction in various parts of the park; will keep checking back.
Continued up to do another newer stairway (79 steps), mentioned in a previous hike, that curves round to the uppermost trail just below Christopher Park, last two pix.