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Mount Sutro Stewardship Volunteers

Woodland Canyon Creek

Even in cities, creeks flow! As cities are built, historic waterways generally get filled in, drained or piped underground. On Mount Sutro, we have a stream that has been buried for far too long! Woodland Canyon Creek begins at the summit of Mount Sutro with two tributaries that eventually converge in Woodland Canyon. Restoration of the canyon would result in a clear view of the creek and hopefully increase water flow. By planting native riparian species grown in our nursery, the canyon would serve as a biodiversity hotspot within Mount Sutro and San Francisco.

Native Plant Nursery

The Sutro Native Plant Nursery is located on Mount Sutro and propagates thousands of locally sourced California native plant species for our conservation efforts. During the winter rainy months, these locally adapted native plants are out planted into our restoration sites across the mountain. Which in turn creates habitat and forage for our resident birds, insects, and other wildlife. A limited number of plants and seeds are also available for sale to the public for crafting backyard habitat gardens!




Hike Mount Sutro

Did you know there is a multi-use trail system in the center of San Francisco? Come explore the 4.6 miles of Mount Sutro's award winning trails and beautiful landscapes. Right here within city limits! All of our trails are the result of thousands of hours of hard work completed by our very own volunteers. So come join us for a volunteer event or say hi if you see our volunteers working hard to keep the trails open for recreation.

Upcoming Events

Conservation Volunteer

Wednesday, December 6 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Conservation Volunteer

Thursday, December 7 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Conservation Volunteer

Wednesday, December 13 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Conservation Volunteer

Thursday, December 14 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Trail and Habitat Stewardship Volunteer

Saturday, December 16 | 8:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Woodland Canyon Creek Restoration

Saturday, December 16 | 8:45 AM – 12:15 PM

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Thank you Craig! Once again, Craig Newmark, founder of, has awarded us a matching $25,000 grant!


Sutro Stewards has 2 months to match Craig's gift to continue restoring Woodland Canyon Creek. With $50,000 from his gift and your match, we will hire an environmental design firm to create a shovel ready hydrological and restoration design to enhance biodiversity, slow the flow of water to prevent flooding downstream, and improve vistas and access to this, one of just a few above ground creeks in San Francisco.

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Trail Closures on Mount Sutro

As of November 10, 2023 the following trails are closed for safety concerns - ​​

  • North Ridge trail

  • Upper Historic at Medical Center Way (see reroute)

We are happy to announce the Fairy Gates trail is now open! Happy hiking!

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