From the Glen Park BART station (or J-Church Metro), it’s six or so blocks to Glen Canyon Park. I typically head west on Chenery. Glen Park is another of those garden neighborhoods with narrow, winding, steep streets and a house style for everyone’s taste (sigh...)
With bright yellow mustard and oxalis blooms on the slopes above and all those new little buds and leaves in varying shades of green, this is an especially beautiful time to visit the Canyon.
Just past the boardwalk, the footbridge over Islais Creek still has only one side (first pic).
After scrambling over the obligatory trail treelimbs, it was easier to spot my favorite northside trail and follow it along than it was last time.
The trail used to end at a locked gate at the south end of a school playing field. Now it continues on to the north edge of this gate, and here to greet me was a lone sunflower! So it's still an up-and-back, but there’s been plenty of trailwork since my last visit.
Returning, detoured to the small clearing where there are a couple of rope swings and a rock with a peace sign painted on it.
Two of my favorite places where you can climb to the top on the east side and exit the park without running into a dead-end at someone’s Diamond Heights backyard fence:
The trail that will take you up to Christopher Park and the Diamond Heights Safeway, with the viewbench at the top (next three pics – Mount Davidson’s Miraloma Park ‘hood across the Canyon; O’Shaughnessy is the visible street)
The steps up to the Crags Court garden (fifth pic).
Climbed the 35 steps to exit the park at the west end of Sussex where Elk turns into Diamond Heights Blvd.