The markers now indicate the trail that runs thru to Portola Dr. — now called the Islais Creek Trail.
The last part of this northernmost trail, short but steeply uphill, is a rough up-scramble. As noted last time, when you reach the top you can either continue out to Portola or to the dead-ends of Amethyst and Turquoise in the Diamond Heights neighborhood: 7 thru 15.
Continued east on Turquoise as before but this time past the downhill trail into the canyon and up to the west trailhead for the highest canyon trail. This is the well-used old one that runs just below Christopher Park (Turquoise and Amber trailhead). Here a couple of new signs have been added: one of those colorful trailmaps and a green park-rules sign: 16, 17.
Newer replacement steps descend (pic 18) before you get to the main one that swoops down into the canyon from the edge of Christopher Park (the one with the viewbench).
Started as usual uphill from the Glen Park BART, trudging up Diamond until I could check on the next-bus readout for the #52: said 25 minutes until the next bus. So continued uphill, turning west this time on Arbor, out to Diamond Heights Blvd. and up the trail that's alongside the guardrail at the canyontop. Pic 19.
Onto Berkeley, past the foot of the three-block-long stairway called Onique (20, 21) and on to the dead-end of Crags Court. This time paused for a brief visit to Crags Court Community Garden, the gates unlocked as usual: 22, 23.
Down the trail that descends into the canyon from here, like it always did, but now with replacement steps.
This is the meandering new stairway I like so much (184 steps), but along the way are other trails that connect with it: 24 thru 29.
It winds leisurely around and down to the canyon floor just before the beginning of the tree-canopied part of the main canyon floor trail, with its boardwalk and footbridge over happily-flowing-along Islais Creek to start. A new park infosign has also been added here: 30, 31.
Since the new trailmarker posts indicate Portola, continued to the end to see if any steps had been added since my last visit. Nope, but watch this space. Newly added or replacement steps are all over the park, so could show up here as well. This part is marked as "Challenging" on the new trailmap (see pic 17). Also wondering if we’ll get a skyway across Portola so we can more easily continue up the south side of Twin Peaks Park.
To get to the northernmost part, you still must ascend from the main trail when it dead-ends, keep moving north just below the stiltlegs of the homes above, then descend again after a short distance (pix 32, 33).
Plunging steeply down into Noe Valley to catch the #24 Divisadero, chose Duncan this time. This. Is. Seriously. Steep. Duncan to Newburg to Castro & 26th. Last pic.