If you’re in Jamestown, this is one of those things you must do. 699 bones crunching steps – going up is hard work. Ignore the pressure to set a new record. Take it at your own pace and don’t look down. Going down is worse in many ways. I was told later the secret is to go back as it means you step down on your toes rather than on your heels, which means you’re also putting pressure on your calf and thigh muscles – and boy I felt it for a couple of days afterward! I went one step at a time very resolutely not looking straight down! You can then claim a certificate from the Museum near the foot of the ladder. Take water and sunscreen. If you’re heading up Half Tree Hollow at the top is more residential than Jamestown and there’s only one bar which is a further hike uphill from the ladder.
Well if you love a challenge and are in great shape, this is quite a challenge for everyone who tries’s! There are 699 – 11″ high steps up to the top to reach Jacob’s, Hill Fort. Originally this pathway was two railroad tracks from the bottom to the top and was used to transport small rail cars of ammo to the top for the fort’s cannons. The rail cars were connected to a cable pulled by cranks and animals. Today the rails are gone and replaced with ladder concrete steps to challenge anyone to the top.
If you are in great shape, give it a shot! The bigger challenge is coming back down and travelers should ensure that they have enough drinking water and some snacks to carry with during the climbing of the steps but make sure you are physically fit that fitness level is definitely needed.