The Lyon stairway that runs alongside the Presidio's forested east wall is one of San Francisco's most popular Stairmasters. Especially on a weekend. It's a challenge to get pix of this stairway without people in the photo as well. Got distracted while descending, but on the way back up to Broadway counted about 289 steps. Pix 1 thru 10.
Now for some near-solitude. A few yards to the west from the top of the Lyon steps is the Broadway pedestrian entrance into the Presidio, a secluded and enchanting forest between the Lyon stairs and winding Presidio Blvd. As you pass through the gate into the park (pic 11), there's a trailmarker for the Mountain Lake Trail. I've long loved this area, especially just after a good rain.
Downhill through the forest leads to an old wood fence with an open gate (pix 12, 13, 14). This second walkers' gate leads to the Simonds Loop neighborhood. From the gate, continue west a short distance to the dead-end of a paved street. This is Rawles, but the street sign for it is downhill at upper Simonds Loop (pic 15). Continue west a few yards for the top of the brick stairway from upper to lower Simonds Loop: 62 steps, pic 16.
At the end of the stairs, west on lower Simonds Loop to cross Presidio Blvd. at Liggett. A trail here (pic 17) descends to paved Lovers Lane. Headed south, uphill, on Lovers Lane, past Andy Goldsworthy's Wood Line installation (pic 18) and onto a favorite trail (pic 19) that'll take you to the east ramp/connector trail down to El Polin Spring (pic 20).
The ponds are lookin' good again, ducks seen in one of them, and green hillsides at last. 69 steps up (pic 21) from El Polin's picnic tables to connect with the upper Ecology Trail. Winding up 'n around on the Ecology (pix 22, 23, 24), to the 45 wood steps (pic 25) up to Inspiration Point Overlook off Arguello Blvd.
Last pic: the completed walkers' trail on the east side of Arguello. To the right is Inspiration Point Overlook.