Following the theme of the last post, these pictures show a section of the "Deadhorse Canyon and Rainier Beach" route that winds up and down the canyon itself. The main attraction of this portion of the stairway walk is a verdant, steep ravine that is creased by year-round Taylor Creek. In summer the canyon is deeply shaded by tall maples, and the understory plants are bursting with almost limitless variations of green. In winter when many trees drop their leaves, you get a very different experience. Sightlines across the canyon are longer, and you see much more of the creek, which is flowing at its seasonal height. There are 127 scattered timber steps inside the canyon, but most of the stairs action takes place after you climb up out of the canyon into residential Rainier Beach.
For more scenes from our recent walk, check out the slideshow below. These were taken on our old iPhone, but hopefully they suggest the beauty we encountered! Another beautiful nearby attraction worth visiting year-round is Kubota Garden, just about a mile away.