My friend Kelly has a book of secret stairs in the Berkeley and Oakland, and we decided to hunt some out this weekend. We did the “Cordornices Park” walk in the book. Where it started:

Kelly the excellent guide
Kelly the excellent guide

Here are some stairs we climbed:

Apparently this guy goes and counts all the steps because for every staircase he would list the number.

Magnificent views of the Bay at the top:

And here are some stairs we descended:

One stair had totem objects people left behind:

We learned that these are called “switchback stairs”:

Some of my favorite houses we saw:

It was as if we stepped into this whole other staircase world, and when we got back to the car, it felt like we were stepping back out of it.


Where we walked. Looks like Chutes and Ladders…