There are many lovely staircases and walkways connecting the winding streets of the Oakland and Berkeley hills, but one of our favorites is Tamalpais Path. It begins in a redwood-shaded corner of Berkeley's Codornices Park, where a wooden bridge leads you over Codornices Creek and a little waterfall. As you begin to ascend the curved concrete steps, you pass by another bridge that leads to a woodsy private residence. You continue to rise a total of 183 steep steps, through a wild canyon thick with ivy and blackberry bushes and under a canopy of bays, redwoods, and oaks. You're suddenly in complete solitude, miles away from civilization (save for the graffiti on the fence that runs adjacent to the steps). At the top, you find yourself with a lovely treetop view, under a large redwood. Wasn't it worth the climb?