Wooden Stairs on the Skyline Trail

After climbing straight up the cliff on the stair tower, the trail continues uphill on these wooden steps. In fact, much of the trail's surface is wood - only a small part is on actual dirt or rocks! These structures serve not only to provide you a safe, easy ascent up and down the mountain, but also to prevent erosion and protect fragile plant communities in this unique environment. All these steps will take a toll after a while, though.