I parked on Piedmont Ave just south of the Cal campus and immediately climbed up a short stairway-Bancroft Steps. There were 13 steps on the bottom and 11 on the top. It had hand railings and was the start of something nice. After reaching the top, I crossed the street then headed right on the Orchard Lane Stairway. I had actually got lost before that and was on someone's private property thinking it was the stairway. As usual, there are lots of walkers in the hood around to help guide you. A couple was on a walk themselves and informed me that I was on the Orchard Lane Steps on my way to Panoramic Hill. They said ''The stairs are fun aren't they?'' I said ''Absolutely, at this time it's my favorite thing to do.'' They informed me that I would soon hit a stairway over 100, that was at about a 70 degree incline. That got me excited.
I took a few pictures of the Orchard Lane sign and the steps and admired the scenery and herbs. I walked up 33 steep steps on the Orchard Lane Staircase to an intersection at the top. I climbed another 79 steps and stopped and was astounded by the high view. This was by far the best view I have seen on the East Bay Stair Journey. As i got to the top I turned left very briefly and then right past house 101 on Panoramic. Then I realized I was on the stairs that the gentleman was raving about. It was 158 steps and very elegant and incredibly steep. I could also tell that it was so steep that I didn't see any backyards on my left side, I just saw steep cliff like hills that looked like you could roll off of them to the bottom.
Once I reached the top, I was at 62 Arden road. I turned right and went downhill for a block. I turned left on Panoramic Way and kept on climbing uphill until I reached Panoramic and Dwight. I continued on panaoramic uphill until it took me to the Arden Lane Path. I dropped down a total of 33 wooden steps and 7 additional stairs on the bottom. Then I kept walking on the dirt trail until I got to another incredibly steep staircase that led me to Panoramic Way. This staircase was 101 steps.
As i got to the bottom I admired the view and took some pics of the campus. A lady with her dog asked if I was lost and I told her I was just doing some stairs. She told they are hard and I agreed and admitted that they were indeed hard but very fun and exciting. Panoramic Way had a dirt path that was nice and full of colorful plants. It took me back to Orchard Lane, where I continued down back to my starting point.