A brief glance at the little valley below, the El Polin Springs area that is hopefully nearing completion of its huge renovation -- including the removal of tons of army landfill -- didn’t really show me anything new today.
Continued north on Arguello down to the west end of the Main Post and up the 56 steps to the Post Chapel. At the top of the steps a couple of hummingbirds were darting about. The sitting area at the top of the steps with the chairs and bench is undergoing improvements and clearing so that one now has more of a view down. Someone was gardening here.
Continued up the curvy trail to the Cemetery Overlook. Took the stairway down after a short rest on one of the benches overlooking the cemetery, watching a guy on a ride-em mower cutting the grass between the headstones. Not many other people on the various trails today: why I like weekdays most for hiking.
The 98 wood steps down from the Overlook (a trail marker at the top) wind through the forest to the delightful Park Trail, where there are a couple of Presidio Habitats exhibits. These installations have been extended throughout the summer – I’d like to see them all made permanent fixtures in the park.
From the Park Trail, wanted to connect with the new trail up from near the 14th Ave. gate. Headed downhill on the paved trail with the golf course on both sides, a route used frequently by non-golfers and bicyclists.
This will eventually take you to the foot of the newest connector wood stairway that climbs to the recently completed boardwalk, viewdeck/benches, and trail out to Battery Caulfield Rd. From the foot of the stairs you can see the traffic down on Park Presidio Blvd. in the distance to the south. When you reach the boardwalk at the top, the residences (former public health hospital buildings) are below on the south side.
Climb the stairway, walk the boardwalk, and sit on one of the wood viewdeck’s benches. When you can force yourself to get up and move on, you can continue by crossing Battery Caulfield Road and descending through the forest to the Lobos Creek Boardwalk's east trailhead.
You’ll step over roots and climb over a fallen tree as you make your way down to the Lobos Creek Trail.
On your way down the sandy trail, bordered by a zigzagging trailmarker fence, you’ll spot a lone bench in the distance. This is the bench at the top of the short stairway (19 wood steps) that descends to the Lobos Creek Boardwalk Trail.
This curving boardwalk is said to be about a half mile long. It's especially beautiful right now with all the wildflowers, and I was in the good company of bumblebees, damselflies, birds, and a tiny lizard. It ends at Lincoln Blvd. (its north trailhead). A bus stop for the #29 is directly across the street from the infosign.