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Filbert Steps

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Address: Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA

A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.

A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.

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San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach
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"Beautiful Green Space In The Heart of Historic San Fransisco"

At the base of the Coit Tower is a lovely "Urban Hike" on Telegraph Hill. These garden are or were famed for the unique flocks of fabulous wild Parrots that reside in this unique... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Rosemary M
Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
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Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

At the base of the Coit Tower is a lovely "Urban Hike" on Telegraph Hill. These garden are or were famed for the unique flocks of fabulous wild Parrots that reside in this unique garden walk/hike. We were there in mid March 2017 but didn't see any Parrots, maybe they are seasonal...... We stepped our way down from one street... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We walked from Coit Tower to the Embarcadero and were blown away by the amazing homes and gardens we passed by. The best of San Francisco living.

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Central Coast California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is 1 of 2 sets of stairs that descend from Coit Tower/Telegraph Hill to the Embarcadero. My understanding is this was an area where people dumped their trash and one woman decided to clean it up. She then started gardens. Old wooden houses are on both sides of the stairs with lush gardens. The parrots of Telegraph Hill hang... More 

Thank labonvoyer
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Pretty garden views and an exhilarating hike off the beaten path to get to Coit Tower. Be sure to turn around every now and again to see the bay views on the way up.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

From Washington Square we made the slow walk up the steep hills to get to the start of the Filbert Steps. The stairs are a bit steep but there are resting spots at every level and when you reach the top you arrive at Coit Tower. On the way down, go slow and hold onto the railing.

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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

A nice walk in both directions. good views of the city and the bay. Watch for wild parrots .Skip the hotel treadmill lace up your walking shoes and head over to the steps. You will see several locals using the steps for their daily work out too!

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

I've noticed the Filbert Steps on several occasions while visiting Levi Plaza. As I had a few hours to wait for my clients to finish their meeting, I decided to take the steps to Coit Tower for the exercise, if nothing else. It IS a good exercise, and a lot more fun that a stair-stepper at the gym <LOL>. And... More 

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Zürich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

If you have a choice when to go, don't do now. There are so many beautiful flowers and trees, but at this time of the year, you see mainly - green. The way up is quite strenous and exhausting for many. You can also walk down :) and there is a Starbucks at the end to the left ..

Thank Johannes R
Edmonds, WA
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Filbert Street is one of two separate ways to reach the tower via stairs. This North Beach access point is on the north side of Washington Square Park. While it is the easier climb of the two stairways, it is not very scenic. If you want a more picturesque setting and don’t mind a more strenuous climb, then take the... More 

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The views they amazing but be prepared to be exhaused if you try to walk them. Pretty on a real pretty day.

Thank Alzor S

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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