|Looking down on the Sutro Baths ruins|
|You can still see the blue of the plaster|
|The ocean laps right up on the walls|
|Steps down into one of the pools|
Unfortunately the water is not so good anymore. It smells. Considering the time it was built, it must have been spectacular. Adolph Sutro built the Ferries and Cliff House Railroad to bring people from San Francisco to Lands End. The trains ran along the edge of the cliffs above the Golden Gate and through a pair of tunnels to bring people to the baths and Cliff House. Part of the trail you walk on follows the former roadbed of the train.
You can walk through one of the tunnels and see what looks like part of the old track.
|The train tunnel|
|Looking out the other side|
|These steps went down on to a platform. This area is roped off.|
On the right side of this picture is what looks like it could have been the train track. The ocean now almost comes up to it.They don't tell you what this was used for but it is at the end of one of the tunnels and the stairs came all the way up to the top.
|The beautiful wooded trail|
When you leave the Sutro Baths and the Point Lobos area you get up into a wooded area. The coastal cypress are beautiful and there are some beautiful flowers along the way. After a short walk you come upon a memorial to the USS San Francisco. The ship served in World War II and was critical in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Part of the crew for California set up a foundation to maintain the memorial. It's a nice stop along the way and a great reminder of the history of our country.
Once you leave the memorial you are back in the woods with spectacular views of the ocean.
These stairs go down to the most beautiful little beach. It would be a great place to have a picnic. Going down these were not bad but the coming back up was another story.
This is the little beach. It would even be a great place for the kids to make a sand castle. This is definitely not a place to go in the water. The water here is very powerful and the current strong.
...but it sure was pretty. This was looking down on it from above.
On the edge of the cliff above the beach is a rock labyrinth. why it is there and who made it, don't know. But we did it. It is really almost right on the edge.
...And did I tell you there are quite a few stairs....
....well there are really quite a few stairs....you will not need to hit the gym after this.
Thank goodness some of them actually go down.
Wild sweet peas grow everywhere along the trail.
Unfortunately the fog never lifted so we could only see the bottom of the Golden Gate.
One other note, If you park in the Lands End parking lot there is a gift shop, restrooms and a little espresso/tea shop with snacks and drinks. The kid that did the cappuccinos for us makes a great espresso. It was a wonderful place to stop into after we were done and it had gotten a little cool. Well I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you get a chance to go let me know what you think. Happy Hiking!!
|Rhonda, Corrie & Sherie|
(For more information on Lands End visit: http://parksconservancy.org)