Second pic: Sutro Tower as seen from the park. Today was superfoggy up here and not a good viewday.
From this level of Twin Peaks Blvd. you can look below to a lower part of the circling Blvd. There are 40 steps down: wide, wooden, widely spaced, and coming out directly across the street from this south exit.
There’s now one of those green “Significant Natural Resources” signs at the top (a dead-end for vehicles) of Midcrest Way. The third photo is of this short trail up into the park. It can be seen on Google Maps. Steep Midcrest descends to Panorama,Twin Peaks Blvd. (again), and Portola. The first cross-street down is Cityview.
From Portola, down Woodside, and up Idora to Laguna Honda Blvd. to wait for the #43 to wind down from Mount Davidson.
The Presidio’s Batteries to Bluffs Trail is to reopen tomorrow (Saturday). An e-letter received today from http://www.parksconservancy.org describes improvements going on in this part of the park.
First, regarding the Batteries to Bluffs:
“… Trail work may occur in October. This work’s impact on trail access is still being determined. Invasive tree and cape ivy removal in the bluffs will continue into early October. The area will be replanted with local native plant species in the winter.”
And the ongoing construction on Lincoln:
“Improvements to Lincoln Boulevard, including the installation of new in-road bicycle lanes and two new crosswalks ... This work will entail a temporary pedestrian trail detour and intermittent one-way road closures through Spring 2012. As the roadside trail is closed, pedestrians are asked to use the marked detour through Fort Scott. Bicycle access on Lincoln will continue, with an alternative route marked through Fort Scott. Bicyclists should be aware of varying road surfaces through the area, particularly as they go downhill. Motorists are encouraged to “share the road” and slow down. Staff and signage with detour information will be on site to help visitors get around the park. You can also go to http://www.parksconservancy.org/assets/tf-assets/tf-pdfs-docs/2011_pct_p1_detour_map_824.pdf for a copy of the detour map.
… Construction of the New Golden Gate Overlook and Multi-Use Trail from Merchant Road Parking Lot Continues Through Spring 2012. Construction of the new overlook … will require the closure of the area just south of Langdon Court. Fencing is in place and a pedestrian route is marked. A new trail will also be constructed. This portion of the project requires an extension of the Langdon Court parking area closure into a portion of the Merchant Road parking lot. … “