I don’t need a stair-climbing machine in my house to get a good workout; I can walk or drive a fairly short distance and find some great hills to climb. And the springtime, before the weeds dry out and become full of stickers, is a perfect time to enjoy some of these near-vertical trails. It also helps me keep some perspective and remind myself what a scenic area I live in.
I tried a few different angles on this hill, trying to accurately depict the upward angle; I think the view from the side probably captures it best, even through the branches of an oak tree.
The one above truly scared me — I kept imagining I was going to trip and tumble all the way down to the bike trail below. Needless to say, I climbed very, very slowly; and when I realized there was a slightly easier way back down, I took the alternate route.