Upon reaching the top of the 62 Simonds Loop stone steps (Presidio east), what used to be surrounded by greenery was now more bare than I'd ever seen it. Including where I used to happily forage for blackberries. I can understand some maintenance is nexessary, but please, just not so much!
It’s difficult these days to take a hike in this or other parks without coming across dead branches, bare tree stumps, herbicide-spraying notices, bare ground where there used to be beautiful green spaces, or workers actually doing the hacking and chopping at the time.
Starting off at the Broadway Gate, enjoying the forest and view east: 1 thru 7
Into the Simonds Loop neighborhood and steps down to Lower Simonds Loop: 8 thru 11
Moving west: 12, 13, 14
Above El Polin Spring and out at Inspiration Point Overlook (off Arguello): 15 thru 31
Across Presidio Parkway from Mountain Lake (using the pedestrian underpass) and up to the Marine Cemetery Vista Overlook.
Several years ago a stairway and boardwalk trail (103 steps counting the stepped boardwalk), benches, a plaque (“Home is the Sailor, Home from the Sea”), and a trail winding down to Battery Caulfield Road: 32 thru 53
Crossing at Battery Caulfield and into another forest (pix 54, 55, 56), at the foot of which you can access the Lobos Creek boardwalk trail that winds out to Lincoln/El Camino del Mar.