And big old stumps,
And lots more Sword Ferns.
For anyone local who might want to walk the trail in either direction, check the map from yesterday's post to see where the stairs are to be found. The tiny cul-de-sac at the west end of the subdivision is Tom Thompson Court, off Auguston Parkway South. You can access the steps from an obvious path along the north side of the cul-de-sac.
I can't advise you which way to hike the trail. I only walked it going downhill, but I did go up the 324+/- steps, and it wasn't that bad (as did our 6 year-old grandson). On the other hand I suspect that walking down the stairs and up the trail would feel like a relentless uphill slope by the time you finished. I walked from my daughter's home to the east trail entrance, down the trail, up the stairs, and back to the house in 50 minutes, in the rain, but stopping to take a few pictures. I'd walk it every day if I lived there!
Tomorrow, the rest of the trail.