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Finding The Forest (photo essay)

Miles from Nowhere

One of the Crown Jewels of Cole Valley is actually just adjacent in Parnassus Heights – Mount Sutro Forest.

Trees. Forest. …
Difference Between?
Can’t Tell Thee.

Shhhhh! Finding the paths to Mount Sutro Forest. … Mystery locations revealed … in our next post.

Mount Sutro forest, Summer 2011

( to see each image full-size: right-click, > view image )

View from near UCSF Stem Cell Research Center

carbon density

Lush Oasis


Signs of Humans!


( photos by Richard Hoefer / Android Phone / HTC myTouch 4G )


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4 Comments on “Finding The Forest (photo essay)”

  1. leesap July 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm #


    The pictures are absolutely beautiful. You simply must share the location of this hidden jewel. Serenity at it best!

    • Richard Hoefer July 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

      oh thank you Leesa. It’s stunning that this forest is just blocks away from the hubbub of urban life surrounding it. Today while on my morning walk, quite serendipitously I found a map of the whole Mt. Sutro trail system, and all its entrances and exits which someone had accidentally dropped onto the trail… I’m going to use that map in my FINDING THE FOREST, “Enter Here” Posting, coming in just a few days.

  2. Richard Hoefer August 3, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Trees of San Francisco

    Mike Sullivan — longtime resident of Cole Valley, wrote a book, Trees of San Francisco — which includes a neighborhood walk with descriptions of native trees.


  3. Ben Pease August 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Glad you like the “new” trails! You have a good eye.
    You may want to hide this until your next post, (or work it into your post) but the official trail map is always up-to-date at http://www.sutrostewards.org. My own version, which shows a little further in all directions, is posted at http://www.peasepress.com/sutromap.pdf.

    For complete city trails, city, check out my Walker’s Map of San Francisco (http://www.peasepress.com/Catalog%20SF%20map.html) which is available at The Booksmith, Urban Bazaar, REI, and most good bookstores.

    Ben Pease, Pease Press Cartography, and a co-founder of Sutro Stewards

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