Off the #37 Corbett/Twin Peaks bus at the #74 Crestline stop and into Twin Peaks Park via the 94 steps that climb to Twin Peaks Blvd. (first pic). Appreciate this hybrid electric neighborhood bus that easily navigates up Corbett's narrow curves.
Down from the main viewplace (second pic) and over the west Blvd. guardrail onto the skinny trail that descends to Marview in the Midtown Terrace neighborhood. Continued down to Palo Alto's vehicle dead-end, stepping through the gap in the fence here onto La Avanzada, the road to Sutro Tower (third pic). Followed La Avanzada downhill a short distance to Dellbrook and then Clarendon.
Cross carefully at Clarendon. People zoom around this curvy highstreet too fast. There oughta be a pedestrian overpass here too, like there is at the foot of Forest Knolls' Ashwood stairway.
On the Mount Sutro side now, trekked steeply up past the Aldea Community Center, the Sutro Stewards' nursery, and finally onto the Quarry Road Trail, short but gorgeous and sun-dappled. I had the trail to myself; found a log to sit and have a bite and drink before stepping out onto the Historic Trail. There's a good north view through the trees on the Historic.
Along the Historic a short distance, made my way carefully down the steep West Ridge Trail that comes out at Crestmont (fourth pic: slightly above Crestmont), close to the top of the Oakhurst stairway in the Forest Knolls 'hood. Used to climb up the West Ridge a lot, long before it got its trail marker (fifth photo).
After the long Oakhurst stairway to Warren, there's still a steep sidewalk to wind down before emerging at the foot: 7th Ave. at Garden for the Environment, where I crossed 7th to wait for the #43.
It was superpacked and my favorite driver said that if people couldn't push behind the yellow line, they should wait for the next bus. IMHO they should all say that. Soon got a seat but decided to stand again when this guy sat next to me jabbering to no one in particular with an arm across the bar where I was sitting.
There are normally a lot of people on Haight, especially on a warm afternoon. However, when the bus got down there noticed considerably more than usual. It was bumper-to-bumper along Haight and the bus took forever. Apart from street fairs, I've not seen so many people on the sidewalks in a long time. The driver said there was a "marijuana festival" going on. Sure enough, noticed some wearing leaf garlands and weed-logoed T-shirts.