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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

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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The path to Coit Tower

Filbert Street is one of two separate ways to reach the tower via stairs. This North Beach access point is on the north side of Washington Square Park. While it is the easier... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Edmonds, WA
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Edmonds, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Filbert Street is one of two separate ways to reach the tower via stairs. This North Beach access point is on the north side of Washington Square Park. While it is the easier climb of the two stairways, it is not very scenic. If you want a more picturesque setting and don’t mind a more strenuous climb, then take the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The views they amazing but be prepared to be exhaused if you try to walk them. Pretty on a real pretty day.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

San Francisco is truly a walking town! While many drive around in cars/taxis/Uber, I highly recommend exploring this world class city on foot. The Filbert Steps are yet another way to build up your appetite for all the wonderful food the City has to offer.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These steps have the typical features found in other steps: 1) they have risers and treads; 2) they require more effort going up than going down; and 3) they provide the option to go up OR down. What makes these steps cool is they are located in a place where there are numerous beautiful views of the bay, the cityscape,... More 

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West Chicago, il
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We totally stumbled on this going to Coit Tower and it was amazing! Hard to explain, you just have to do it.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Seems a good idea and looks easier than perhaps it is - can be an effort but worth it when you see the views from the top

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Northern Califonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

These steps are steep, and there are lots of them. Just when you think you must be near the end, there are more steps. If you are out of shape, beware. But the walk is great. It goes through residential paths with nice gardens in from of cute cottages. If you go far enough (high enough), you can reach Coit... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

If you're lucky enough to be in San Francisco on a clear day, the Filbert Steps are worth a peek. At this elevation, you can catch several gorgeous sites in one hike, including, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and Ghiradelli Square. Watch you step as the route is full of uneven steps and pavement! And as dorky as it sounds, a selfie... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

If you want to really, REALLY want to walk San Francisco, take the F-line MUNI tram and start at the Ferry Building/ Justin Herman Plaza. Walk north ten blocks -through Bierman Park, Walton Plaza & Levi's Plaza- over to Sansome & Filbert Streets where Filbert Street is interrupted by a steep cliff. Then commence your climb UP the Filbert Steps.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Nice way to get down from the Coit Tower to the Embarcadero! Take the “Greenwich Steps” down to Montgomery Street (go careful), then 2 mins along Montgomery to the “Filbert Steps”. Admire the delightful gardens and homes on your way down (Whilst wondering how the residents manage to get their shopping home!) Pity the steps at the bottom of the... 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhood home.
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