A recent Facebook post prompted me to revisit as it looked like maybe these might now be walkable. On the way to the east rim, passed this older one behind the Safeway, first pic.
You can now descend from the edge of Christopher Park. This is where the longest flight (86 steps) used to start my favorite trail down into the Canyon depths. The steps now start from the very edge of Christopher Park and not a short-slidey distance down as before. More steps descend for the trail that continues to the south from the viewbench. Was able to descend a completed 49 steps this time: 2 thru 6.
However, don’t try this unless you’re very sure-footed, as this new trail renovation wasn't yet completed as of a few days ago. There was a slip-and-slide area with dirt and rocks that should be taken slowly; it’s more difficult to inch down than to climb up. So good to wait a bit longer for the steps to be extended.
Another new wood stairway curves around up to the trail just below Christopher Park. This one’s now walkable: 79 steps up to the short trail that continues out to Amber and Turquoise in the Diamond Heights neighborhood: pics 7, 8, 9
From here, west a couple blocks to get to the stairway that descends from Turquoise: 65 steps to a park trailhead: 10 thru 14.
On to my beloved “blackberry trail.” It crosses Islais Creek and runs alongside a school’s playing field, the gate of which is nearly always locked. Pix 15 thru 20.
A lot of construction and trailwork is still ongoing throughout the park. I continue to be concerned about possible future loss of Canyon floor treelimbs that are such a delight to climb over, sit on, grab hold of, and duck under, being someone who loves my trails as “wild” as possible.
Now on the main Canyon floor trail: 21 thru 25.
Continuing south on this trail and -- Surprise! Three more new stairways are under construction as of this writing.
The first I noticed starts up between the short boardwalk and the posts that prevent vehicles from entering the main Canyon floor tree-canopy. Pix 26, 27, 28.
A second flight now under construction starts up from the main trail a little way along: 29, 30.
The third appears to be yet another future stairway. This is further south on the main trail, starting up from where there were already a few steps, then a steep dirt trail. It’s where a tree was recently felled and where there used to be a swing. Pic 31.
So gotta be patient and wait for all these to be completed. Who knows — next time may see even more.
While they're at it, how 'bout extending that short flight of old wood steps that descends from the Crags Court Community Garden in Diamond Heights down into the Canyon?
Last two pix: Homes on Chenery in the Glen Park neighborhood on the way to the BART station.