Across the Blvd. to the west side of the park (6, 7, 8), stepping over the guardrail for the old trail down alongside Twin Peaks reservoir to Marview in the Midtown Terrace neighborhood: 9, 10.
There’s a trail encircling Sutro Tower that climbs up from Marview. It starts out in the open, Midtown Terrace homes below. However, had just begun when I came to a fence blocking the trail (pic 11). It went all the way down to the street so had to turn back; probably just temporary.
Curious, decided to check out its other trailhead to see just how much was closed off. Stayed on Palo Alto to its dead-end for vehicles, pic 12. Behind the fence is La Avanzada, the curvy road to Sutro Tower (pic 13); continued downhill.
The trail is mostly forested as it winds under 977-foot Sutro Tower. Have to keep an eye out for mountain bikers; sometimes not a lot of space to move to the side to let 'em pass. This time had the whole trail to myself.
Did nearly the entire trail twice, an up ’n back. Started up from the La Avanzada trailhead, muddy and puddly, pic 14. Kept going until I reached the edge of the forest where there was another fence. So this closure affected only part of the openspace area ... for whatever reason.
The tower trail (no trailmarkers) that starts up from La Avanzada, its lower trailhead just above Dellbrook in the Midtown Terrace neighborhood: 15 thru 21.
Descended to Clarendon; could use a pedestrian skyway in this area to make it easier for hikers to cross over from Midtown Terrace to Mount Sutro Forest. There are “islands” in the middle of Clarendon but no light or crosswalk.
Once across the street, about a block down is the main entrance to the Aldea residences. This time chose the North Ridge Trail (pic 22) that ascends from curving Medical Center Way. The trailhead's directly across from the Fairy Gates trailhead that descends from the road. Too many trees have been cut down on the North Ridge...
Sutro’s Summit: 23, 24.
Down from the summit on the South Ridge, then the Historic Trail (pic 25) to the West Ridge Trail: 26 thru 29. Instead of felling so many trees, how ‘bout a few helpful steps on this steep trail that climbs into the forest, especially at the Crestmont trailhead. Surely they could add some steps here and at the Christopher trailhead without harming any trees; simply curve them around the plants.
Now in the Forest Knolls neighborhood, round the curve for the top of the green Oakhurst stairway.
Oakhurst descends from Crestmont, 355 steps, pix 30 thru 37, at the foot of which is Warren (pic 38), steep and winding, down to Seventh Ave. (last pic, a view of Mount Sutro's west side from the bus stop).