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Filbert Steps

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Address: Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA
Activities: Walking
Description: A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.
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Dark Passage

If you are a fan of film noir, then find the Filbert steps down from the eastern side of the Coit Tower driveway. You'll not only pass wonderful houses and gardens, but also be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

If you are a fan of film noir, then find the Filbert steps down from the eastern side of the Coit Tower driveway. You'll not only pass wonderful houses and gardens, but also be rewarded with Irene's apartment building from Dark Passage at 1360 Montgomery, which has been beautifully restored. You can even see the still-open ground floor lobby and... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I walked down the Filbert Steps after visiting Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. The steps are surrounded by beautiful and lush gardens and trees as well as gorgeous homes tucked away amongst the trees on both sides of the steps. It was a beautiful walk! The stairs are very steep going up and it is workout climbing up them, as... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

At the bottom of Telegraph Hill on Filbert Street, The Filbert Steps are a steep urban hike to Coit Tower. Or you ride the #30 bus to the top and walk down☺ These steps cross several times the road that winds to Coit Tower, and are used by locals who live along the road. I highly recommend this adventure, along... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This narrow, steep stairway is not just a shortcut to Coit Tower. It climbs past beautiful, private backyard flower gardens and plank wood streets. It seems like you've walked into a forgotten world.

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I had read about the Filbert Steps and wanted to experience the climb among the blooming gardens. From the Embarcadero/bay side of Telegraph Hill, we began the climb up the Filbert Steps near the intersection of Filbert and Sansome Streets. The climb is steep, but we stopped often to photograph the blooming gardens as well as the views of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We found these on our way down from Coit tower and fell in love. We went down with three kids: 5, 4, & 3. They're good walkers, but I think a lot of kids could handle the walk down. Once we got to the bottom and looked up, we were happy we went down rather than up ... we could... More 

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Reisterstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The Filbert Steps are an out of the way attraction that go from the Coit Tower all the way down to Levi's Plaza in three sections. I would not recommend it for small children or people that have problems with their knees etc. . it is a challenging climb or decent. We started at the top and went down -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is no small climb, beware! Unless you climb mountains regularly you will probably need to stop several times on your way to the top just the catch your breath. The view from the steps is very beautiful, and so are the gardens, flowers and trees along the steps near the houses. This is probably the most scenic climb on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Amazing walk down from Coit Towers- not recommended for the weak of knees.. Steps are intense, but a beautiful walk... Look for the mosaic tiger

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you're up for it, don't pass this by. I start this journey at Powell and Market near Union Square, walk through Chinatown and then the Italian neighborhood of North Beach. Then up Telegraph Hill to the top of the Filbert Steps. The descent down these steps starts near Coit Tower. You walk past the beautiful homes and apartments -... More 

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Address: Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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 neighborhood 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 neighborhoods 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 neighborhood home.
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