My goal today regarding the stairways in San Francisco was to find the steps that culminate up to Twin Peaks. Mark Twain once said, ''The coldest winter is the summer of San Francisco. Today that couldn't have been more true. However, I was impressed with what I saw, but it was the wrong time, right place. Once I got to the top of the Twin Peaks steps, fog covered the whole entire San Francisco view. One upside to all this fog, was my Pemberton Steps came out more clear. The last 2 times visiting Pemberton, the sun affected my ability to take a clear pic.
My first stairway: Iron Alley. The stairway is right alongside Clayton and Market. Climbed up the steps (pic 1). Landed on Corbett and turned right.
Walked on for a bit. Where Clayton and Corbett meet, took the mini garden stairway (pic 2) to the Pemberton Steps. The Pemberton Steps (pic 3) lie just across the street, on Clayton. In this case, my pic turned out better without the sun radiating all the extra light. Climbed up all the steps, then crossed the street and climbed up old Pemberton (pic 4).
I stopped and drank some water and a yellow cat (Pic 5 and 6) comes my way. He kept on nudging my leg. He was nice, but looked hungry. I was with him for a few minutes, but he saw a small animal in the bushes and then vanished out of sight.
Turned right onto Racoon Crown. Took a sharp left on Twin Peaks Blvd and headed downhill. Turned left again on Burnett. I passed Gardenside St and a few minutes after that found my next stairway. I don't remember exactly where on Burnett it was but there are about 4 different continuous stairways, (pics 9, 10, 11) each separated on 4 different streets.
Actually, 3 of them are continuous and to get to the 4th one I had to turn left. The 4th stairway had a lot of vibrant flowers and it was my first time ascending up it.
As I reached the top of all those stairways starting from Burnett, I remembered Tony, the other avid hiker, had mentioned there would be steps that led up to Twins Peak. I found those steps across the street, and there were quite a few people walking on them. It was getting real cold and windy, I could barely stand it, but just thought how nice it would have been on a warm and clear day. After going up these steps, which is about 50 to 100, there are 2 more hills that also have steps, one hill to my left and one to my right. I took the one to the right. As I climbed up, it felt as if the wind would blow me all the way to the bay. I couldn't see anything, though I did like the stairway.
I headed back as fast as I could. In other parts of the bay area, it's too hot. This was too cold. I'm thinking that late summer/early fall, the weather will balance out.