Like I need an excuse to hike the BTB. Must have more photos of this trail (favorite of all park trails within the city limits) than any other place; it’s just so photogenic with its ups and downs and the expanse of water below.
And one can easily connect with other stairway trails, like the Sand Ladder down to Baker Beach or the Connector Trail up to Immigrant Point; that is, if you still have the energy left after doing all the BTB’s steps. I did an up-and-back today – to the top of Battery Crosby, the west trailhead, and back the way I came (continuing on the Coastal Trail back to the bridgeview area); got a count of 470 steps each time. To View Point Overlook from the east trailhead is 130 steps.
The first pic was taken from the east trailhead near Langdon and Lincoln. In the center distance the steps are visible as they climb up the slope. The second was taken heading down the steps from the west trailhead atop Battery Crosby.
Started on the Coastal Trail where a trail infosign helped me roughly estimate that this hike (one way) would be approximately 1.4 mile from where I started west to the top of the Sand Ladder. Fog was obscuring the upper part of the bridge and there was a good breeze. Love the way the various wildflowers are cozily enclosing the trails now. A couple of new Overlooks are planned for this Coastal Trail area.
For more about the upcoming Pasados del Presidio, see the Presidio’s Calendar: http://www.presidio.gov/calendar/pasados.htm
Quoting briefly in explanation from this page: “The Presidio we know today has its roots in events that took place more than 230 years ago. In 1776, a group of soldiers and pioneering families completed their long trip from Mexico to the bay in Alta California. Here they built El Presidio, a fortified settlement. From this modest beginning, the City of San Francisco was born.
Each year the park hosts a series of public programs commemorating 'San Francisco’s birthday' and the founding of the Presidio. Pasados del Presidio events are open to all. There’s something for everyone!”
Los Cenzontles is the guest this year at the free evening fandango concert at the Golden Gate Club, Friday, June 24, 7 to 9 p.m. It’s being held this year at the Golden Gate Club (135 Fisher Loop) instead of the usual Officers’ Club as the latter is still undergoing improvements; I miss checking in at the little bookstore at the visitor center; hopefully there’s an even better gift shop/bookstore planned .