Mt. Sutro Cloud Forest

We took QQ to Mt. Sutro Cloud Forest last weekend. It was an amazing hike. Mt. Sutro is a 900-foot hill in San Francisco, California, the forest within is a glorious historic forest that is over a hundred years old. We went in a foggy morning and it was like we walked into another world. It’s impossible to believe we were in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world. Someone described it as wandering into a fairy tale and it’s very true. There’s so much green, and the air is fresh with a tinge of eucalyptus from the towering trees. The path is a little wet and muddy, but that just adds to the entire experience.


We are so glad that dogs are allowed on leash. QQ had a great time sniffing all the new stuff. The environment is vastly different from the usual trails and beaches we take him to.

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Sadly, of the 80 acres encompassing Mt. Sutro Forest, 61 belongs to UCSF, which has committed to maintain it as open space, but is planning to cut down over 90% of the trees on three-fourths of its acreage to transform it into a “park-like” environment. Information about saving Mt. Sutro and signing the petition to save the forest can be found here. After visiting, I cannot imagine a more beautiful place to hike (with your dog!) in the morning, and I do encourage people to visit the website to learn about the situation.

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6 thoughts on “Mt. Sutro Cloud Forest

    • Yes, it really does. I cannot imagine it improving it anyway, it’s perfect the way it is, so different from all the other places we go to hike. I hope they change their mind!

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