Tony Holiday, a San Francisco hiker and blogger, recently hiked Mt Sutro from the Stanyan steps to the summit and back down to Parnassus. (Go to his blog, Stairways are Heaven, for more hikes and photographs.) This photo-essay is one of our Park Visitor series – first-person accounts of visits to our San Francisco Natural Areas and wild lands. It’s abridged (and published with permission) from the original post, Stanyan Trailhead to Summit, on Stairways Are Heaven. (We’ve made some minor edits to the captions to clarify them for those unfamiliar with the forest.)
Started off this very pleasant Mount Sutro hike first uphilling from Parnassus to Stanyan & 17th for the trail head of the lower Historic Trail…
… then from the lower Historic Trail, up to Medical Center Way, crossing over to the East Ridge Trail …
… and up to the summit (where I saw this flower).
Going down from the summit I went down the North Ridge Trail.
I’ve used this convenient short stairway many times from Medical Center Way to the parking lot so as to descend the wood-railed stairway to its foot, then out to Parnassus. (But you can easily just walk downhill to the lot too.)
There are around 136 steps from the parking lot down to Medical Center Way behind the hospital buildings.
You’ll probably see medical personnel ascending and descending this stairway, but it’s okay for hikers to use also. I’ve been doing so for years.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony Holiday likes meandering around on San Francisco’s park trails and public stairways, sometimes taking photos, and enjoying nature and the outdoors.