It was a small mountain. New Englanders would probably classify it as a hill. But Michiganders call it Mount Baldhead...so it counts.
Here's the thing about Mount Baldhead...one side looks like a mountain with forest and trees and the other side is a GIANT sand dune. Strange but awesome. To protect against erosion, someone erected an enormous staircase up the side of the mountain. Yes...stairs.
We climbed stairs up the entire side of a mountain which was probably harder than just hiking up the mountain would have been. Luckily, there were resting spots every few flights.
We made it to the top!
There was a lot of graffiti on the observation deck but this was my favorite:
After exploring the backside of the dune for a bit we headed back down which was actually worse than going up. Staring down all the stairs was such an optical illusion and I was convinced I was going to trip and somersault down 300 stairs. My quads were quivering by the time we got to the bottom.
Apparently there is a yearly 15K (9 mile) race that ENDS by running up all 300ish stairs. That sounds heinous.