The western portion of the mountain was enveloped in morning fog; a cold wind was blowing, and rain was falling. The western part of San Francisco is the foggiest area of San Francisco, especially in the summer. Fog from the Pacific Ocean barrels into the Sunset District and then hits the western flank of Mount Sutro. On this hike, the eastern side of the mountain was not only less foggy, but there was also no wind nor rain.
After we had descended the eastern flank of the mountain, we went to La Boulangerie de San Francisco on Cole Street for some java and pastries. We then walked through the Cole Valley and Corona Heights neighborhoods and took a Muni Metro F-Market & Wharves streetcar from Castro Street/Market Street to Fisherman's Wharf. After which we took a little stroll in Fisherman's Wharf and proceeded to walk on Columbus Avenue through North Beach. We finished the hike in the Financial District.
The Forest Hill neighborhood. Click on the picture to see the full-size photograph.
A pathway in Forest Hill. Click on the picture to see the full-size photo.
Cranking up Oakhurst Lane during the ascent of Mount Sutro. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The summit of Mount Sutro is at an elevation of 909 feet. From the late 1950s through the 1960s, this was the location of Nike Missile Radar Acquisition site SF-89C. This radar site was the eyes for Nike Missile Launching site SF-89L, which was located at the Presidio Army Base. The missile launching and radar acquisition sites were approximately 2.5 miles apart. They had a line-of-sight view of one another. Donna took this picture as I am looking at current location information on a Garmin GPS device. A GPS has proven to be indispensable when I am traversing terrain. It is the difference between knowing where you are in relationship to where you are going, and getting lost.
Descending the Greenbelt Trail on the eastern flank of Mount Sutro. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The intersection of Market Street and Castro Street. We will board an F-Market Streetcar at this location and take the streetcar to Fisherman's Wharf. The view is looking south. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This map shows the route we took on the ascent and descent of Mount Sutro. Click on the image to see the full-size map.