The Hidden Garden Steps mosaic in Golden Gate Heights is now ready to walk and they're having a celebration December 7, Saturday, 12 to 4. It's to be a closed-to-traffic block party on 16th Ave. between Judah and Kirkham. So now a second long tiled stairway (148 steps) that's just a few blocks from the famous Moraga/16th Ave. tiled steps (completed 2005, 163 steps). For details, check out these links:
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Other than special events, I've never seen so many people at Lands End as on "Black Friday." And all the pooches … this could've been Fort Funston. Fog out over the water but sunny in the park.
First stairway of the day: Down from the lower parking lot overlook (126, pix 1 through 5), then up the trail from its foot to the cavetop viewspot (pic 6). The west trailhead for the Coastal Trail/Lands End Trail starts here: 141 steps (pics 7 through 12). AKA Sutro Baths Upper Trail.
Continued past the two main trail overlooks to the Mile Rock Beach stairs: 269 or thereabouts, the park's longest stairway (pics 13 through 17).
When you can tear yourself away from the rocky beach (pics 18, 19, 20), you can either climb trails to the "Labyrinth" atop the cliff viewplace (pics 21, 22, 23) or ascend the stairs back to the main Lands End Trail.
Since construction is ongoing for Eagles' Point at the park's east trailhead, turned back and up a short forested trail to the El Camino del Mar Trail. Out to the upper parking lot overlook past the top of the steep connector stairs here (about 59, last pic).