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Filbert Steps

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA
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A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph...

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

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Steps that question your Sanity ...

Yes, you CAN walk up the 500-600 steps of Telegraph Hill, but I'd have to ask you WHY you do it, unless it's a fitness bet or a Testosterone thing. Much better to do a Tag Team by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David B L
Los Angeles, California

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, you CAN walk up the 500-600 steps of Telegraph Hill, but I'd have to ask you WHY you do it, unless it's a fitness bet or a Testosterone thing. Much better to do a Tag Team by your group driving up to the top & then all but the driver walking DOWN the steps. Lots of views and quaint... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked down the steps having been at the Coit tower. Some lovely little houses and were lucky enough to see a hummingbird.

Thank andrew44Kent
Aliso Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Climbing these steps made me question my own fitness. 600 steps! I kid you not, they are conquerable. You might be tired, you might hate your life, but you will not regret making it to the top. The views are gorgeous. Just past the Levi campus, you'll find the Filbert Steps leading up to Coit Tower. You'll pass many homes... More 

Thank Trina D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am glad we took the steps to Coit Tower instead of taking the bus. If we had taken the bus we would have missed the views. I was hoping to see wild parrots but we didn't see any.

Thank John B
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were headed to Coit Tower so we decided to take the steps. Wandering around the neighborhood with the map, two people asked is we were looking for the steps! The first level gives you an incredible view of the Oakland Bay Bridge. The second level takes you behind more homes. We came out on a street and weren't sure... More 

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bellmere queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

worth the walk for the view , great view of San Fran Quaint garden ....its like the saying , :you can see forever "!

Thank Liz123802
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a hidden gem for a short steep jaunt. great views, kitchy gardens. very steep steps. a real san francisco experience

Thank rj111
Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

wear your tennis shoes and be prepared for thigh burn. Many little stair cases lead up and down to coit tower. Filbert is one of the easier ones. Also, keep an eye out for the local parrot population that lives nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Worth climbing (better coming down!!) to see some lovely little houses and gardens on the side of the steps. Levi Strauss square at the bottom which is a nice place for a breather, a few cafes here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Not the best thing to do with children. Though the views are amazing and the children were snapping away taking plenty of pictures. Very tiring though.

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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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