Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stairs of Belvedere

Belvedere (once an island) is a beautiful town (more like a nice neighborhood) next to downtown Tiburon. Its small winding streets offer spectacular views of Tiburon, Sausalito, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and incredible homes. On a recent stroll, we discovered that the island also has lots of steep pedestrian pathways, each with its own painted sign! If you are looking for something a bit different to do in the area, see how many of these you can do before your legs or lungs give out!

I've provided step counts, but keep in mind that not all steps are created equal. Some are steep and others are less so. Some paths had sloped sections with no steps. Also, I was walking Buddy, taking photos, and checking two mapping apps so some counts could be off by 10-20 or so. Let me know if you count a different number and I'll post averages!

The main thing to focus on here is that each route had beautiful hand-painted signs at each end. The map below shows a 2.25 mile, 1,600+ step route that takes you to most of the pedestrian paths on the island (you can zoom in or open as a larger map to get a better idea of the route). Clicking any of the photos below should open larger versions in a slideshow format.

Woodwardia - Lower 61 Steps, Upper 131 Steps

Park Lane - 108 Steps

Hawthorne Lane - Lower 123 Steps, Upper 111 Steps

Trans Pac Lane - 143 Steps

Pomander Walk - 4 Steps

Cedar Lane - Lower 167 Steps, Upper 140ish Steps

Woodland - Lower 194 Steps, Upper 138 Steps

Pagoda - 194ish steps with some ramps and a bench

McLean Lane - 140 Steps

Belvedere Way - 0 Steps

This one is located along the western edge of the island and doesn't have any steps. It looks like it used to be a road and there is a bench at the top with a view.

Unnamed steps down to water - TBD

There are some steps down to the shore from Beach Road that I didn't get to this time. Stay tuned, I know you just can't wait!

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