Greenwich Steps
Greenwich Steps
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Brick stairway leading up Telegraph Hill.
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Pranav Balachandar
Tampa, FL156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Saw this among the hidden gems in San Francisco. Free Parking can be pretty difficult to find during peak hours. The climb can be combined with a visit to Coit Tower which is at the end of the climb. The climb can be difficult for women wearing heels. Take your time & do it patiently, else you'll find yourself huffing & puffing. Nice views, with lots of greenery, some houses & stuff make this great. Heard somewhere you can find some birds here, but I didn't really find any. I also heard there's another flight of steps somewhere on the opposite side, but I ended up choosing this. I had a good experience, but wife struggled on her heels. Alas, it was a chill experience.
Written 3 March 2023
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OOBonomist
Newton, MA238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Business
Start at Sansome and Greenwich, up to the Coit Tower Road, then over to Filbert and down to Sansome. If you are 57 or older and think you can beat my time of 46 minutes for 4 laps, I challenge you to a match. (As another well-known former San Fransciscan would say, go ahead, make my day.)
Written 10 January 2014
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Sara_and_Paul
Cheshire, UK344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2012 • Couples
We incorporated a walk up Greenwich Street with a visit to Telegraph Hill and walk back down Filbert Street Steps and would definitely recommend you walk this route if visiting San Francisco. The beautiful lush, green gardens of the houses as you climb up make you feel as if you have escaped the busy city.
Written 22 October 2012
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AllenFos
San Francisco, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012
A block north of the Filbert Steps (which are great), the Greenwich steps lead from near Levi Plaza to Coit Tower and Pioneer Park. Great views, good exercise. This is where the movie about SF's wild parrots took place.
Written 30 May 2012
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TimTex
Frisco, TX280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
From a Trolley stop you can take the Greenwich steps up to Coit Tower.

PROS
* Very very interesting views along the way - homes, views of the bay, etc...
* Stairs have many different turns along the way
* It was like a little journey that made you feel like you were no where near the middle of a city
* It's a good workout

CONS
* It's a good workout
* It was difficult to find the entry point to the stairs
Written 1 December 2019
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA25,042 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
We were waking from Coit Tower down Greenwich Steps and heard loud birds....wild parrots! Turns out the parrot flock began around 1990 when one pair of escaped cherry-headed conures found an ecological niche on Telegraph Hill. Now there are thousands! So cool!
Written 19 February 2019
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MichiganCameraGal
Moore Haven, FL110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Definitely take these stairs down, not up. Had Ubered to the top of Coit Tower, then walked down these stairs to the Embarcadaro. Lovely brick stairs near the top, winding down through gardens, backyards and views of the water.
Written 22 September 2019
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NeoWasHere
Frederick, MD3,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2015 • Solo
Close by to the Filbert Steps that I had originally wanted to take, GPS suggested I use these Greenwich Steps instead for my route from the Coit Tower to Pier 33. Most of these steps are steep but offer wonderful views of the city, neighborhood houses, and beautiful gardens and flowers. I'm not sure how the residents do it. I mean, everyday you have to put up and be okay with complete strangers checking out your gardens and walking all around your house. I guess they just get used to it.

I didn't count them but there must be hundreds. No, I've also never counted the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Random, I know, but I'm sure that thought crossed your mind for some of you people. Back to it, I took the easy way by starting at the tower on the hill and going down the steps instead of up. When you get to Montgomery Street and Julius' Castle restaurant is on your left, the steps seem to just end and disappear. It took me a minute or so to find them. Just hang a right on Montgomery Street going south and they will appear again on your left. Look for them though as you can easily just walk right by. If you walk by too far and miss them, the next set of steps on your left will be the Filbert Steps.

How cool is it that actual steps are displayed like the roads are on Google Maps!
Written 23 July 2015
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ianwyj
Singapore5,191 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
I figured how tough could it be but the sightseeing bus guide declared that I was a brave person to bother attempting these stairs. It starts off rather inauspiciously next to a bunch of recycling dumpsters and climbs rapidly uphill. Some sections can be quite steep, so don't underestimate the physical work-out you'll get out of it. At some sections, the views can be lovely but do remember that you're essentially walking through a path that's really close to residences, so it's best not to talk too loudly.

Was it a tough climb? Well, I did feel quite puffed-out at certain sections. Was it worth it? If your aim is to reach Coit Tower, then it's definitely yes. Would I do it again? Once is probably enough for me if I know a better way to reach the top.
Written 15 March 2015
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Angelinaxoxo89
Pasadena, CA148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
We hopped off of a trolley on the Embarcadero near Lombard street and found our way to the Greenwich Steps. It looked really intimidating, but once we started it went by really quickly.

There are a lot of places to stop and enjoy the view and take a breather. My two-year old was pretty quick up them, so we didn't have too much time to enjoy all of the gardens on our way to Coit Tower. We visited in February, around the start of spring, so there were a lot of trees and shrubs in bloom. If you have time to stop, there are little garden meccas located throughout the climb.

If you hear birds, stop and look around. There are resident wild parrots on Telegraph Hill. Most of the parrots have red heads and green bodies and are of the conure variety. They like to hide in the trees and preen each other, it's very cute to watch.

There are also another set of stairs that come up from Sansome Street, they are called the Filbert Steps. We did not take these, but know that there is another set of stairs to take alternatively from that side of town. We went down a few of the Filbert Steps to Kearny Street and walked back into town after visiting Coit Tower. There is also a bus that stops at the top of the steps, I believe it is route 39, the Fisherman's Wharf/Coit Tower line.

We would definitely take these stairs again. Not only do they have scenic views from over the bay, but the gardens are beautiful and hopefully next time we'll get an even better view of the elusive feral parrots. Coit Tower is a great picnic stop and if you go up the tower, it's an even better 360-degree view.

We'll be back!
Written 17 February 2015
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