The Giant Stairway provides a spectacular entry to the Jamison Valley, descending approximately 300 m. (1,000 ft.) via more than 800 steps. It is located adjacent to the Three Sisters Mountain formation.
Many of the steps had been carved out of the cliff, and metal stairs installed, an effort was made to take advantage of natural ledges, erosion and projections.
Chief Ranger Jim McKay was appointed in 1901, and took to his job with great enthusiasm. In 1914, he conceived the idea of the Giant Stairway. In 1916 it was approved by council, and work began. It was short-lived, however. The work of hacking steps out of the sheer cliff face was deemed too expensive, and the project was halted after a quarter of the distance.
It was not until 1932 that work was re-commenced, again under McKay’s direction, after lobbying by local photographer Harry Phillips.
Oh yes! Giant Stairway.
What’s really there is a bunch of small, tight and steep steel stairways descending to God knows where. Deep down the valley below. For some reason, your logic will tell you not to go down. The more you go down, the more you have to climb up. I am pretty sure its tougher climbing up.
Young and old people are climbing down. You may think that these people may be just a little lower than you but surely not all the way down the valley… or are they?
I have to investigate. As I go deeper and deeper down the stairway, not a soul in sight. “They have gone all the way…”
My heart is pounding out of my chest. Cardiac arrest may come any moment. My uphill biking really helped a lot as I am still seeing color all around.
Down and down and down I go. Endless. It’s like there is no getting back up again. Finally, I see the tree tops. ” It’s not that far anymore…right?”
With sheer Pinoy Adventure Rider will, I finally made it. Still not a soul in sight.
No one is planning to come up because as the sign says, “Scenic Railway is available going up for a fee. Last train car leaves at 4:50 PM.” It’s 4:30 PM now and I don’t know which way is the train.
Climbing back up is my immediate reaction. I rushed back up. It’s creepy down there. I met my brother along the way.
Finally we made it all the way up the mountain. That’s some adventure. Cheers mate!