On the east side the trail crew has rebuilt the alternating granite and wood steps so they’re all stone (old curbstones extracted from the nearby underbrush) with a uniform rise and run. The crest has new wooden steps replacing an eroded step-down. And down the west side, they removed the old, rotted wood bench on the north side of the trail, which had been a welcome resting spot, but whose view had disappeared behind a young cypress tree. In its place, masons built a handsome pair of stone benches on the uphill side of the trail. Each seats 2-4 people and provides a snippet of view west toward the Pacific.
The big stairway is located halfway between the Camino del Mar and Merrie Way, about 0.5 mile from each trailhead.