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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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Pretty walk.

We walked down the Filbert steps top to bottom. Beautiful gardens. A nice way to see an otherwise hidden gem of San Francisco. LOTS of stairs.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked down the Filbert steps top to bottom. Beautiful gardens. A nice way to see an otherwise hidden gem of San Francisco. LOTS of stairs.

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The climb is not bad, there are places to rest. Even grandma with her hip replacement can do it! I had expected a bit more though. Yes, the parrots are there but most of the gardens are very neglected and don't look too nice. At the top you find a very nice view of the bay and cruise ships. From... More 

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Middle East
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walk down from the top of telegraph hill at the coit tower. Enjoy the parrot flock and hummingbirds in the beautiful gardens.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are going to Telegraph Hill, do so by going up the Filbert steps. They look prohibitive but it's actually very easy going up. They are the home of some parrots and you are bound to find them in one of the gardens surrounding the steps. Take some time to explore some of the gardens that have a public... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fun in good weather. Need to take your time. Bring camera and extra sd card. Even if you don't make it all the way to the top it's a great way to see the real San Francisco.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be honest if you are in the area you should really take the time to walk up and down these steps.they give good views over the city and it is interesting to see the cars zigzagging their way down the road. When we were there it was very busy even on a Sunday. Do take your time to do... More 

Thank Dalelynne
Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Amazing houses, beautiful scenery and right next to Coit Tower. It's the best way to go up and down!

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I love walking in San Francisco. These steps are a great example. From the Embarcadero you can walk up the hill to Coit Tower. It feels like you are visiting friends through a private back yard gate. You are climbing steep steps while looking out at the bay and down on private yards. Take time to rest on the way... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Great way to get up a block with out traffic, just remember to take your time, or it could kill you 😋. The views of the bay are not the best, but still worth the work out.

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Indiana, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

The Filbert Steps are a great, beautiful, and relaxing way to get back down to the Embarcadero after visiting Coit Tower. It may feel as if you are going down private property because the steps separate back gardens of homes on Telegraph Hill, and "yes" they are private homes. However, the people are more than willing to let visitors walk... More 

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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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