Decided on a Sunday afternoon-only Presidio hike after all, but not to take a bus into and out of the park. Usually catch the bus only after walking all the way out of the park anyway unless up at the bridge area where the #28 conveniently stops. Extended walks through birdsongy forests are much preferred to overpacked buses.
Began at the 14th Ave. Gate where the dunes stairway-and-boardwalk area (107 or so steps) is part of the Mountain Lake Trail (first pic).
Over and out at Battery Caulfield and uphill to Washington; onto the Anza Trail to continue around to Rob Hill Campground (second and third pics). From there onto my favorite short forest trail that descends to Fort Scott (fourth pic).
Deviated from the usual route by continuing past the photogenic Dragonfly Creek stone footbridge (fifth pic) to a shady spot where there's a trail, the south edge of the nursery and residential area just above, at Fort Scott's southeast side. The long-term daylighting project around here is still ongoing, but now the trail is through for walkers.
Continued under the new highway overpass. I like the green-rails-on-white of it here with the green streetlights. Came to several old buildings that have been repainted and restored, including one I used to have an old photo of; will try to find to compare (sixth pic). Benches next to a bed of lavender (near Park and Schofield) in the sun discouraged me from moving on. Very peaceful here with the cars swooshing by above and bicyclists and hikers in the distance on Park and the Park Trail.
There seemed to be more hikers and bikers than usual in the areas where I was today, but not as many as expected.
The Park Trail (seventh pic: the cemetery from the Park trail) took me to the foot of the forest stairs that snake up to the Cemetery Overlook (about 98 steps). Sitting on one of the benches here, looked up to see skywriting: "Happy 75th."
Out to the south overlook entrance, now on the Bay Area Ridge Trail. This eventually took me past the Spire sculpture (Inspiration Point is nearby on the other side of the street), and out of the park at the Arguello Gate.