Could it be it got closed off due to a safety issue with this first part down?
Curious as to whether it was still accessible from the foot. But had to continue south a few blocks (on Casitas now) as there was no way down until I got to where Hazelwood meets Yerba Buena. So walked back up on Yerba Buena, then Miraloma, to the Bengal sign.
Improvements to Bengal's lower part have been made since my last visit. Goodlooking new wood railings have been added and an attractive solid wood fence constructed alongside the newer wood-and-concrete stairs. The old chainlink fence is still there but you can still easily walk around it; about 52 steps to the bench and 64 to where the stone steps begin. Last time I did the whole thing I counted about 107.
Plopped down on the bench for a few minutes before descending to the #43 bus stop. This stairway really does serve a purpose for those who take the bus; the stop is right in front of it. Otherwise, as done today, one has to walk a few blocks over to get to Yerba Buena to a bus stop.
From the main south trailhead into Mount Davidson Park (from the #36 Teresita stop here) headed up the steepish trail to the openspace (second pic), then up one of the two openspace stairways (third pic), and on to the forest. The cross (fourth pic) is 103 feet tall. Down 24 old log steps (pics 5, 6) from the monument, then more steps, stone this time (pics 7, 8: 51 steps) to a main trail.
Decided on a couple of lower, more secluded trails not hiked in a while (trailheads out to La Bica and Chaves: ninth pic) before climbing again to a main trail and out a west park trailhead to steep Dalewood (10th pic), then over to Lansdale (11th pic) to check out Bengal.
Last one's from a few years ago, taken from Diamond Heights across Glen Canyon.