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Filbert Steps

Address: Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #48 of 330 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Stairs after stairs but the view from the bay worth it. But be prepared with comfortable shoes and a lighter backpack!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Best thing is that this gives you a wonderfull view not only of the bay but also the botany of the area. Another thrill if you are a film fan is that you are walking in the same steps as Humphrey Bogart in Dark Passage which are the same at the top as they were in 1947

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We walked up to Coit Tower from the Embarcadero below. I was counting the steps as we walked up, but I lost count somewhere around the three million mark.......or so it seemed! When I got to the top I felt like Rocky and threw my arms up in the air. My tip is........get the 39 bus!!

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Filbert Steps are one of the most popular sets of stairs in San Francisco, they are found on the eastern side of Telegraph Hill and provide access to Coit Tower. Apparently there are 377 steps in total, the stairway is broken into 3 sections and pass by private homes and gardens. The climb we did not find too difficult, many... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The hike from the bottom up to Coit tower is quite a hike, but well worth it. You have to be in good shape. The views of the city are spectacular. There are beautiful flowers all along the stairs. They are prolific.

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Ra'anana, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We didn't find the steps too difficult but I really was expecting more of the gardens. It's a nice way to climb up to Coit Tower, good views on the way, but certainly not a "must".

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Danville, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is the way to get to Coit Tower. Don't expect it to be spectacular. Take your time and enjoy the naturalistic gardens and views. Get there early and you'll have it to yourself and the light will good for photos. Dream about what it must be like to live there. Channel Armistead Maupin.

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Edmonton, AB
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Although there's some nice greenery along Filbert steps, there isn't much to see there, but if you're looking to get up to Coit Tower, I would recommend using the steps as opposed to trying to climb up one of the steep streets.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This should be your route to coit tower if possible! Take your time, soak in the scenery! Bring water bottles! The view at the top is worth it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Wow! These were some exhausting steps! I'm no athlete, but I'm not totally out of shape and they were quite the challenge to go up. It was very pretty along the walk, and very peaceful and not nearly as crowded as Lombard, which is nice! I do feel accomplished that I made it to the top, though!

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