This, the first of two articles, describes a hike that starts at the trailhead on Stanyan just above 17th, and ends at Parnassus near the UCSF campus.
BOTH HISTORIC TRAILS
(May 18, 2013)
Mount Sutro’s lower Historic Trail (Interior Greenbelt Park) begins at Stanyan (across from 17th), where another of those park trail infosigns has been added (first pic), and climbs up through the Interior Greenbelt part of the forest.
Two more new signs have been added at this trail head: “Quiet please up to the Forest 125′ ” and “Quiet down to the Street 125′ ” (it starts off between homes on Stanyan): second pic. This trail’s between two others just recently hiked.
Crossed the road at the end of the Fairy Gates (pic 7) to continue steeply up, past the nursery and onto the short, unmarked Quarry Road Trail. At the end of this is a marker for the upper Historic Trail.
Paused for lunch on the Historic at a favorite rock just off the trail (pics 8 and 9), curving around to the north with the hospital buildings seen below through the trees, and down to the road.
A THEN pic (10): the grand opening of the newly discovered and renovated Historic Trail back in 2007, a free grouphike.
[Edited to Add: These maps may help to trace the route.]