Upper Piedmont Park was an unexpected prize. I saw some stairways that exceeded my expectations. This total stairway walk is 482 steps, 1.6 miles in distance. I spent a short amount of time in Piedmont Park. It was lovely with the trees and some stairs, but I'd spent the majority of my efforts climbing the stairs and hills in the surrounding streets. Started off in Piedmont Park. On Highland and Magnolia, found my entrance (pic 1 and 2). Walked down 16 steps and then passed kids on the swings, headed for 55 steps. I climbed down and then turned right onto a trail .
Kept on walking and climbed up 6 steps towards the end of the trail. I didn't find 11 steps that I was expecting but I found Sierra Ave which was south of the trail. After house 17, turned left onto a short trail (pic 4). Landed on Mountain Ave and turned right for a short distance. Turned a sharp left on Sharon Ave. Noticed a brick house took a pic and turned left. On my right side Sharon Ave came to a dead end, so I turned left. Landed at Dormidera Ave and turned right. Turned left sharply on Pacific Ave. At the end of the block I found an astounding stairway. Unlike stairs that are hidden, I saw this from about 200 feet away. Took some pics and felt rewarded by the charm of this stairway. Climbed up 68 steep steps, landed on Blair Ave (pic 8, 10).
Though I admired the view and homes, there wasn't much time for rest. My next stairway awaited me as I turned left on Blair (pic 11, 12). 149 steps with a handrail by Scenic Ave. I continued to admire all of the bay area views: Oakland downtown, Golden Gate Bridge, Lake Merrit. I rested for a moment at the top and took a few sips of water. I took a pic of an open view (pic 13) of the bay area. Turned left on Scenic Ave and found my next stairway after 308. It is 112 very steep steps down (pic 14). Turned right on the other part of Scenic as the looping street met me again, found my next stairway across the street from a castle looking house at 224 (pic 15). Climbed down 48 steps (pic 16). I was deposited on Pala AVe. I turned left and the street turns right. Walked straight until I met Highland Ave again.