Good to see the cow’s still there: pic 11.
At the end of the zigs, there are 34 more steps as a sidewalk stairway on the east side (12 thru 15). Very steep here; should’ve continued 'em all the way down to Tompkins.
On the way back up from the Alemany Farmers Market there used to be a steep dirt trail (pic 16, a THEN from 2005) that I’d take up the slope to Jarboe.
There was no retaining wall on Jarboe as there is now (pic 17) and it was delightfully garden-y at the top back then. I’ve got several more old pix of this top-garden area somewhere, but here’s one of them (pic 18, 2005).
I’d think that now with the easy stairway access there’d be even more gardening, as in the whole slope on either side of the stairs a community garden … with some perennial flowers, roses, dwarf fruit trees. I’d wanna do this if I lived there.
Here also are a few THENs from 2005 of houses between Tompkins and the foot of the openspace: 19 thru 23. Note the replacement residence in pic 24.
Someone’s container gardening near the current sidewalk steps; love this: pic 25.
At the end of steep Bradford at Tompkins, on to the Tompkins steps. This area saw some improvements several years ago from its rather rundown state. 66 Tompkins stairs from Putnam up to Nevada: 26, 27.
On the way passed Bronte, pic 28, a dead-end for vehicles with a few steps at the top.
Started this hike on the other side of the hill at Folsom & Ripley; the #67 bus encountered a couple of fire trucks on its way up the north slope, couldn’t get by on the narrow street and was obliged to pull over to the side and wait. So disembarked to walk the rest of the way instead of getting off at Nevada & Cortland as planned. Pic 29 is a home just below the park on the north side (3418 Folsom: Google Maps).
Up around the east edge of Bernal Heights Park, pic 30, passing the foot of the Chapman/Rosenkranz stairway at Bernal Heights Blvd. (pic 31) as I continued down. Then up again from Cortland, passing the familiar “Nevada Sun” mural on Nevada just below Jarboe, last two pix.