Perhaps one of the most famous of San Francisco’s stairways, the Filbert Steps deserve their acclaim. The stairs rise in three sections from Sansome Street to Coit Tower.
The lowest section is concrete and steel snaking up the side of a cliff which gives way to a wide concrete stairway. Reaching Montgomery Street, the steps cross the median with a short staircase. The upper section is nearly straight, running through a series of sculpted (and sculpture!) gardens.
The stairs are impressive for their length, their wonderful views of San Francisco, the well tended gardens on either side, and the beautiful art deco buildings along the way.
Don’t forget water, a flashlight, comfortable shoes, and cash for dinner or drinks after the hike. This is a great, energizing hike — Rain or Shine! It’s fun to meet a group and hike together, and encourage each other too, then have a snack afterwards.
Urban hikes are fun and this one is no exception. It is part of a new development in South San Jose and included a grand staircase of more than 220 stairs, to get your heart beating faster.
This is a great way to get outside, discover a new neighborhood and build up your strength. It is closer than many hikes that we do on Skyline or at the ocean and shore. It also has the advantage of being close to many different restaurants and coffee places.
MEET: Waterford Park on Sand Pebble and Vistapark Dr. San Jose
WALK: Up Communications Hill, yes it is steep but easier on your knees than walking the stairs first thing! Keep going. Turn right on LINA St (away from the stairs you’ll go down later) and take a loop hike around Altino past the playground, Donnici, a short bit on Adeline, Batista past Azores for a stunning view of San Jose (beautiful at night), continue on until you reach the stairs again, on Lina St. There are many stairs , and two beautiful wide stairways that are well lit.
There are often people walking in this area, so it feels safe. It is more that a 2 mile loop. If you want more of a workout, go up and down the stairs again! Or you can do a few push ups at the bottom of the Stairs on Mullinix Way.
Afterwards, you can head to the local Starbucks at Captol and Timberloop (behind the Home Depot) for a refreshment. For something more substantial, go the the PLANT Shopping Center where there is everything: Boiling Crab, Johnny Garlic’s, Applebees, and more.
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Let the Full Moon guide you! You can try for a calm beach walk and watch the water sparkle in the moonlight and listen to the waves rush and roar in gorgeous Half Moon Bay. After your peaceful time listening to the surf you can wind down at HMB Brewery afterwards.
Or try an urban walk in SF, heading down twisting Lombard Street’s pink brick.
The bright moon guide you over San Francisco’s most famous street. And it is not that easy, start at Pine and Polk, then climb up to Lombard and Hyde, take careful steps down Lombard’s switchbacks, and descend further on the Nob Hill side. Creep down Macondray Lane, the inspiration for Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. After our foray into history and fiction.
Don’t forget: With either hike you’ll want warm layers, shoes with very good traction for the descents slippery surfaces and water.