From a recent proposal for a small project. Using logs cabled together to make it easier to descend a steep slope to a beach:
There is a significant issue that has to be addressed. The ‘stairway’ is not code compliant and there is no provision within the code that permits this type of construction. The stairs and deck can be engineered so that they are safe against loading that will be applied.
There is an element of risk because the ‘log steps’ can become slippery with ever present moisture. This can become more slippery in the fall and spring with cold weather. There is also no guardrail to help steady a person using this walkway.
We’ll see how this flies…