Started up the south set of steps this time, 40 to the first driveway (foto below). Directly ahead are 102 more steps up to the next actual street, Gardenside Dr.
Climbing Vista Lane’s series of stairways can be confusing because between each of the streets, the stairways also cross over driveways. There are multiple apartment buildings in this area of narrow, curving streets, and the driveways and carports here are a necessity.
From Gardenside to the second driveway is 35 steps, then 90 more steps up to the next street, Parkridge.
When you reach Parkridge there are 20 steps to the next driveway, then 69 more to Crestline. So 261 Vista Lane steps from Burnett up to Crestline at Twin Peaks Park if you only count one of the short starting stairways on Burnett. Only one of these is shown as Vista Lane on Google Maps; the other is not shown.
At the top of Crestline (bus stop for the #37 Corbett/Twin Peaks bus here) is a trailhead for Twin Peaks Park directly across the street; the summit marker is very visible. Continue up into the park. There are 93 wood steps to Twin Peaks Blvd.
Descended from the park on winding Twin Peaks Blvd. (hikers need to be careful of cars here) to take my usual route: Twin Peaks Blvd. to Raccoon; Raccoon to Crown Court and the short path out to Crown Terrace; Crown Terrace to the top of Pemberton stairway and down 211 steps from Crown Terrace to Clayton/Corbett. Had lunch on the welcoming bench at the first landing up from the foot.
Be careful when crossing Clayton from the foot of Pemberton -- if you want to continue to descend through the Clayton/Corbett Neighborhood Garden (36 steps) across the street -- as the cars just keep on coming.
Continued to the Clayton-to-Market stairway (44 steps) that starts directly below the foot of Iron Alley (135 steps). This route took me beneath the oldest house on Twin Peaks (the pink one, the Miller-Joost house, 3224 Market, Landmark 79) next to the “Hills Mural.”
Upon reaching the Storrie Ord Neighborhood Group gardensite, strolled through this shady little oasis to the top of the Ord stairway (34 steps to 18th). Garden lovers will appreciate what they’ve done with this small space.