I’d say I’m pretty familiar with San Francisco. Familiar in a way where it’s an odd blend of local and tourist knowledge; I visited my friend back when I lived in Austin, TX for about a week and a half and she introduced me to her daily grind (not exactly a drag). And San Francisco was one of our main stops when I was a tour guide, during which we visited all the iconic San Francisco things.
One of the downsides of only stopping by for a day or two is that you never get to discover the little city secrets… even though what I’m about to share isn’t exactly a secret per se…
When I arrived in San Francisco from Austin, I was excited that I was finally back in a walkable city. The first day I spent here kicked that notion right out of my head. Don’t get me wrong, it was most definitely a walkable city—whether I was fit enough to walk it was another thing.
As I faced yet another street with at a 60 degree incline, ensuring that I left my blood, sweat, and tears in this beautiful city, I hit a series of steps… and sat down, breathing heavily. Google later told me these were the Filbert Steps.
On one end of the steps is the Coit Tower, which displays an awesome view of San Francisco from above; Lombard street from the other side, Pier 39 down below, and all the rolling hills that you could ever want.
One of my favorite things about this walk was being able to peek into the houses lining the sides. All of them were cute little things, of course. Can you imagine living in such a secluded slice of Amazonian paradise? It’s almost like this wooden boardwalk of the Filbert Steps was your own private terrace—with some random tourists popping up here and there—hidden from the rest of bustling San Francisco. Being forced to work out to get to your home every single day. Am I right?
As one of those duck boats drove by, I overheard the tour guide comment on the Filbert Steps.
I knew this one mail man who had this route. Can you imagine? Had this same route for 5 years. Climbed UP all 400 steps each day as part of his job.
I don’t know if I would even mind that route. And the best news for a tourist about this walk? It leads directly to the piers.
Have you ever made it to Filbert Steps? Or maybe a time when you weren’t fit enough to walk the city?
Please say it’s not just me.
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