Uphill on Sunshine (pic 3: down from Sunshine, 48 steps) to Sausalito Blvd. and the wood foot of upper Cable Roadway this time at Crescent & Sausalito (pic 4).
Santa Rosa’s stairway (pix 5, 6, 7; 186 or so steps), taken on the way back down, climbs to Spencer. Monte Mar is the street at the top of Spencer where it’s a short walk to the freeway underpass and the foot of the GGNRA’s Morning Sun Trail, today’s destination.
However, lots of traffic descends onto Spencer from the freeway, and Spencer is twisty and narrow with no sidewalks. Signs state 15 MPH but some people zoom around the curves faster than this. It’s several uphill blocks on Spencer from the top of the stairs (two viewhomes on the way, pix 8, 9) to Monte Mar.
As an alternative route it’s safer to ascend the upper Cable Roadway steps from Sausalito Blvd. to the short street part of Cable Roadway (93 steps, pic 10).
At the top of CR’s vehicle street, hang a left (south) a short distance on Prospect Ave. (pic 11) to the long, shady stairway that ascends from Prospect (203 steps, pic 12). At the top, a microtrail leads to the 45 steps that descend to Spencer. Bypass the overpass street to Wolfback Ridge Rd. as this leads to private homes.
Walk north on Monte Mar past the bus shelter and the string of cars parked alongside the guardrail. Too many parked vehicles along Monte Mar. Pic 13: GGNRA above.
Cross Monte Mar to walk under the freeway (pic 14) to the parking lot where the Morning Sun trailhead awaits (pic 15).
The Morning Sun is a beautiful, forested, switchbacked climb that’s part steps (about 216) and part narrow trail (pix 16 thru 26) that continues to the GGNRA's Alta Trail, 27 thru 35, with its post-rain view of Mount Tam to the north.
Last pic: Nearing the foot of the El Monte steps back down to Bridgeway, about 119 steps.