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    Mount Sutro: Mount Sutro Out-and-Back Trail

    San Francisco, California

    Mount Sutro Mount Sutro Out-and-Back Trail

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    East Union, WA
    Adventurer | 420 pts
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    5/12/2011
    This is far too short but it is quite nice. It has good views and real single track in a huge populaton center.It is worth going to burn some time as you get some climbing in and all of the switchback are slow you down enough to stretch out this ride.
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    San Francisco, CA
    Adventurer | 223 pts
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    5/2/2010
    This trial is an urban jewel. My journey began in the Jackson Square neighborhood, nestled between the financial district to the South, North Beach to the West, and the ad agency strip + Levi's Plaza to the North.
    I took Market Street all the way up past Downtown and the Castro district to 17th street, and began a long, steep and rigorous climb along city streets to the top of Twin Peaks. As a beginner, I was not ready for this sort of thing. The journey up 17th to Clayton, then Twin Peaks Blvd., and terminating where Clarendon meets Johnstone is a sweet and sour mixture of of the pleasure of sweeping views of the city, and the pain of slopes that periodically touch on 25 degree inclines. Upon reaching the entrance to the student housing for UCSF, the adventure begins. a sharp right turn, and you are enveloped in tall trees and after a short but steep climb, a small unassuming trail entrance greets you. The Sutro Trail itself is narrow and filled with technical challenges. Roots, rocks, and mixture of plants on either side keep the senses alive. Nearly 200 meters into the trail, the UCSF medical center is far below, as you bike along the ledge of the tree shrouded mountain.
    A small word of caution - at times the trail is shared by runners and walkers, so moderate speeds are advised. And some of the side trails require advanced skills as the declines can be very steep.

    All in all, this was nice little treasure in the middle of the city. Through the trail is short, the sheer delight of mountain biking in the middle of such a dense city is worth the trip.
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    Trail Information

    San Francisco
    Nearby City
    3.56
    Distance
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Technical Difficulty
    Moderate to Difficult
    Physical Difficulty
    0.75–1.25 hours
    Duration
    450 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    900 feet
    Top Elevation

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