I visited 2 stairways today in 2 different cities. My first stairway visit was in Larkspur. Larkspur is a neat town in Marin County. The ''Arch'' Stairs are well known in this area. Runners, athletes, stair enthusiasts, and people passing time ascend all 140 steps. This stairway is located next to 272 Magnolia Ave. It starts with a small path (pic 1.) so it's pretty easy to miss. Bushes and blackberries traverse this steep path. This is the premiere stairway of Larkspur.
My 2nd stairway (143 steps) was in Golden Gate Heights of San Francisco. The ''Hidden Garden Steps'' on 16th and Kirkham was a pleasant visit. I saw and talked to a plethora of tourists who were very intrigued by this masterpiece. It was finished sooner than I expected. Very reminiscent of the mosaic steps on 16th and Moraga, there are many names of various contributors imprinted on these steps. The art design is marvelous. Initially climbing these steps, you will see only the first level, but up and to the left another flight of tiled stairs await you. Beautiful views of the city can be seen halfway up. I expect the gardens to flourish in the future, it will only compliment the steps. Although I only did this stairway today, my recommendation would be to continue on 16th until you get to Morago, where you will find your 2nd tiled stairway. And after that, the Grand View Park stairway is just to the right and up the block.