In this, the second of two articles, Tony hikes up Stanyan in Cole Valley – which is steep enough for sidewalk steps at the upper end – then goes through the forest, and then goes out through the Oakhurst Lane staircase in Forest Knolls, down to Warren Drive and the Garden for the Environment on 7th Avenue.
[Read the previous article here: Hiking Through Mount Sutro Forest – Tony Holiday (Part 1)]
INTERIOR GREENBELT UNMARKED
(May 18, 2013)
Several years ago the uppermost Interior Greenbelt Trail into Mount Sutro Forest was a tad more challenging, when I’d pull myself up along the side of a building just before exiting at the Aldea residential area.
This trail’s at the top dead-end of Stanyan, a short distance above the Stanyan trailhead for the lower Historic Trail. [Webmaster: See Hiking Through Mount Sutro Forest Part I.] Upper Stanyan’s steep, with sidewalk steps on both sides (pics 1 through 4).
Turning right at Belgrave & Stanyan will take you to a trail-head with old wood posts and a few steps into the forest (pic 5); no trail markers at either end. It’s steep; you don’t want “challenging,” bypass this one. Last time I was there, a guy was walking his bike up.
(Another trail can be seen here, an offshoot from this one, that veers to the right just behind upper Stanyan homes but then climbs so you’re not overly close to their backyards. This was recommended by a fellow hiker a while back and twice trekked by me. But this is rougher than the main one and difficult to follow at times. It does, however, exit partway along the lower Historic Trail. Might this be a possible future trail extension to connect with the Lower Historic Trail from the Belgrave trailhead?)
But I digress. Partway up the main one, a tree limb across the trail is perfect as a bench. Climb over and continue up, eucalyptus aromatherapy, birdsong, and unspoiled forest surrounding you (pic 6).
STAIRWAY IN FOREST KNOLLS NEIGHBORHOOD
Back down to Clarendon and a block or so to the west to enter the Forest Knolls ‘hood at the foot of Christopher, then onto Crestmont. Winding past Devonshire and the “Not a Through Street” signs, to descend the 355 Oakhurst Lane steps (pics 12, 13, 14, 15) to Warren…
[Edited to Add: These maps may help to trace the route.]