This shot was taken looking uphill in Port Angeles, Sequim’s western neighbor city.
In the early 1900s the hills leading to downtown were intentionally flushed away by sluicing to make it easier to get to town businesses. The downtown area was also elevated to raise it above the nearby beach. The slurry from the hill removal was dammed along the downtown streets and the lower stories of businesses eventually became today’s underground Port Angeles as the street level was filled in and raised. Uphill, this left bluffs and this walkway (and stairs, elsewhere) as one means of getting up and down.