The workout: 282 steep, concrete stairs with various hiking trails at the top of the climb and a windy, paved driveway to walk or jog down.
The scene: On weekends and weekdays after work, the wide stairs are jam-packed with young locals, couples and groups of friends working out together. It’s best to go during the week or midday to avoid the crowds, but be sure to wear a hat since there isn’t too much shade from the blazing sun.
How’s the parking? Locals park on Jefferson Boulevard in the many metered and meterless spots. Be careful when crossing the street with traffic on both sides. Having a lazy day? Take a shortcut and drive up to the top of the hill and park in the many empty spaces ($6). Still get in that workout by walking the trails throughout the area and enjoy the panoramic views.
Bonus: Once you reach the summit, sit at the long park bench and take in the 360-degree city views. Check out the rarely opened visitor’s center to learn a thing or two about the local plants and wildlife. Reward yourself with plenty of shaded areas, drinking fountains and sparkling clean restrooms. What’s more? This state park can be rented out for weddings and private events.