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Filbert Steps

Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #36 of 361 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Walking
Description: A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.
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Roanoke, Virginia
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled across the steps trying to get to the Embarcadero from North Beach. I'm a runner and one of my daughters plays soccer, so we enjoyed the workout. My wife found the steps to be a bit of a struggle, but worth the views from Coit Tower. Very cool and peaceful as you head towards the bay. If you... More

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London, Canada
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We had a hard time finding the Filbert Steps at the top of Telegraph Hill. Had to ask for directions as it wasn't really marked, but it was a nice little workout once we found it! Great views and you go past really beautiful gardens!

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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

tip: another way of doing this is catching a bus up to the Coit Tower and then going DOWN the steps. That way you are facing the bay all the way and it's not as hard. We climbed though, and it was fantastic nevertheless. Go on a nice day to get the most of it. Bring a water bottle.

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Reno, Nevada
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

After a picnic at nearby Levi's Plaza, we worked off the sourdough calories by climbing the Filbert Steps, a narrow pedestrian pathway of 377 wooden stairs to the top of Telegraph Hill. Telegraph Hill was originally the site of a visual telegraph station (semaphore) used to signal the arrival of ships. The steps were constructed so that Italian fishermen and... More

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

It's amazingly quiet for an attraction of the city. It leads up to coir tower from a green staircase with amazing peeking views. And of course it completes by coir tower with a 360 degree view. I like it that few people put it on their lost of must see attractions.

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We're walkers so this wasn't as bad as it might be for someone that doesn't exercise. It's very scenic when you get to the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Loved climbing the stairs to the top of Telegraph Hill and the Coit Tower, even though the tower was closed for renovations. I started at the steps at the intersection of Filbert and Sansome, and the ascent was easy and enjoyable, with views along the way and a peek at the gardens and yards of the homes that surround the... More

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Citrus Heights, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I were part of a walking tour from Telegraph Hill down the Filbert Steps. We enjoyed the tour guide's historical info, but more than that, it was nice to get away from all the cars and buses and walk through nature. We had such a nice time we walked back up the stairs and then down the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

My husband, kids and I climbed from Sansome Street all the way up to Coit Tower and then down via the Greenwich Steps. I wasn't sure how much time to put on the meter, but fortunately they have a cool thing where you can load it by phone if your time runs out, so no worries. The steps are definitely... More

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New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

We walked down the steps from the Coit tower. The view is fantastic as are the steps themselves. They are in good condition and very easy to walk down, providing the most amazing views as you go. The gardens you walk through on the way are well kept.

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