This is one of the most unique green spaces in San Francisco! Situated above the present-day University of California at San Francisco, Sutro Forest is dense and overgrown, providing a pleasant green backdrop to the Inner Sunset district. If you choose to explore the area on foot or take a nice drive through it, you are guaranteed to be impressed with the surroundings!
Sutro Forest is owned by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.
The park's chief access point is at Stanyan and Belgrave. The closest Muni route is the 37-Corbett bus. Offboard at Cole and 17th Street, walk two blocks west to Stanyan, then one long block to Belgrave.
The 37-Corbett bus can be met along the N-Judah line at Carl and Cole; also, from Haight and Cole (the 33-Stanyan, 43-Masonic, 66-Quintara and 71-Haight/Noriega buses stop at Haight and Cole).
To celebrate Arbor Day in November 1886, Adolph Sutro arranged for the planting of thousands of trees on what was then called Mount Parnassus. The trees, mostly Bluegum Eucalyptus, became what is now known as Sutro Forest.
In truth, what is called Sutro Forest today is only a small portion of the vast forestland Sutro created in the last twenty years of the nineteenth century. Pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees covered Mt. Davidson (then called 'Blue Mountain), today's Forest Hill and St. Francis Wood neighborhoods, and even reached as far south as Westwood Park fronting Ocean Avenue.
UCSF has begun a campaign to thin and rehabilitate the Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve, citing fire hazards, poor health, 'invasive plant species' and a decline of wildlife.