The Ladera Steps at Sunset Cliffs

May 12, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Yesterday, I shared my visit to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. While there, I came upon a set of stairs that traverse from the top of the cliffs to the bottom.

Back in the day, there weren’t any steps, and people who wanted to get to the bottom, mostly surfers, had to trudge carefully on the cliff’s edge. It was manageable, but not without much difficulty. A surfboard isn’t exactly the easiest thing to carry, let alone scaling down a steep cliff side at the same time.

Indeed, after you reach the bottom, the surfer’s have to navigate entering the ocean first by getting past the small and large treacherous rocks and reef–and the waves when large, are unforgiving at the unusually distant set horizon; and upon completion of your surf session, you have to navigate back along the same obstacles as when you first entered.

Thus—the Ladera Steps came to be It assists the locals with avoiding the most difficult problem of getting to the beach—the Cliffs.

The Ladera Street Steps have a total of 100 steps (Yes, I counted them.), and have a fairly steep down grade, located at the corner of Ladera Street and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. They’re regularly used by the area’s surfers, beach walkers, and sightseers.

Going down has a lot of twists and turns, but the scenery is perfect

He made it to the bottom, but watch out, it looks slippery down there

At the bottom a small pool of rocks surround you

Messages carved into the soft rock are mysterious, cryptic, and intriguing

Let’s take one quick look at the surf before we head back up

The beauty of the Sunset Cliffs close up

On Sunset Cliffs Blvd., at the top, I’m greeted by a group of cyclists preparing to ride into the wind.

At Ladera Steps, half of the fun of going to the beach is experiencing and discovering the beauty that lies at the top and at the bottom of the stairs.

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