This is called Balboa Natural Area on Google Maps. It has multiple sandy trails; this time noticed less litter. And behind the still colorfully graffitied-upon wood fence at the top of the stairs there no longer appears to be evidence of homeless encampments.
Crossing Point Lobos at the crosswalk near Land’s End Lookout (first two pix, north views from just below the Lookout), and up a trail near the parking lot, leading directly to this little structure (pic 3), then up the 21 north steps to the viewplace with the benches.
Here’s an excellent site with old photos of Sutro’s statues that used to live up here and on the grounds:
Down the 35 gardensteps on the south side (pix 4 thru 14) and over towards the east edge of the park for the main trail down to the Balboa Natural Area. One can scramble down and up other ways as well but the main trail down is easier. It’s gorgeous here, especially now with all the green grass ’n yellow oxalis, the blooming iceplant, trees, and views.
The viewspot: 15, 16
The wildspot: 17 thru 23
The stairway (118 steps): 24 thru 38