Starting at 25th Ave. and round to the west edge of the Presidio, hadn’t done the approximately half-mile-long Lobos Creek Valley Trail in a while. Smells delightful; all the parks do these days. Saw a bunch of damselflies and more small lizards this time than ever seen before on a single hike, most scrambling into the bushes too fast for a foto (first two pix).
19 sand-covered old wood steps up to the shady, thick-sand Presidio forest from the Lobos Creek Valley Trail (pic 3) where I climbed offtrail, enjoying the trees (pic 4), up to Battery Caulfield Road. The old buildings on Battery Caulfield just above the Presidio Landmark Apartments are to be a preschool. A detour led to the Marine Cemetery Vista Overlook (103-ish steps, pic 5); down and around Mountain Lake.
… Don’t miss Baker Beach and the Sand Ladder, pic 6.
… Batteries to Bluffs Trail (duh-of course), 473 or so steps, pix 7 thru 18, west to east, and the Connector (208 steps: 19, 20, 21) up from Lincoln to Immigrant Point Overlook near Rob Hill Campground.
At Rob Hill Campground’s east edge, you can follow a short trail out to the back of the Fort Scott residences and linger awhile at the “hidden” Fort Scott Community Garden, pic 22, off Wisser Ct.
… Now in another part of the park, 36 steps to Inn of the Presidio at the Main Post: 23, 24.
Directly behind the Inn is the east trailhead for the Ecology Trail that winds around and up to come out at Inspiration Point Overlook, or down the trail or stairs to El Polin Spring with its birds, ponds, benches, picnic tables, and boardwalk: 25, 26, 27, 28.
... To be continued.