Went on another hike with my friend. He is enjoying this activity, much like myself. We basically started off on Samson and Filbert. We walked all the way to the top and enjoyed a foggy view of the city. Today was the first time I went inside the tower. We didn't go all the way to the top, but we enjoyed the gift shop and saw some cool posters and calendars. The Filbert Steps never get boring, they are just so heavenly.
Bottom of the grueling 380 filbert stairs
The gift shop has a lot of posters I would like to buy, as well as gifts for others.
As you can tell, it was a foggier day
Down the steps
Today was one of those days that I had to go back to the Filbert Steps. It's one of those San Francisco Stairways that you never get tired of. Most of the hikes I go on include ascending and descending multiple stairways but climbing solely either the Filbert or Greenwich Steps almost count as a whole stairway walk since they have over 380 steep steps. As I mentioned in previous post, I think the Filbert Steps are the bay area's finest ones in particular, and they may be some of the best steps in the world. Today we started off on Levi's Plaza and passed by a water fountain, El Fornio, and 2 interesting flower shops.
We got right to it and started off on the first part of the Filbert Steps which you can see the Coit Tower. The lower part of the Filbert Steps consist of around 30 or 4o concrete steps. As we got to the top it took us to a viewpoint of the bay bridge, the bay, and some real nice patios on Filbert. My sister stopped and took some photos and because she was a little bit tired as the steps are steep.
After ascending the lower part of the Filbert Steps we reached the wooden steps. Now these steps are longer, steeper, and much more beautiful than I remembered. Maybe it was because it was a sunny day. But the gardens gave me this real harmonious feeling that I can't even describe. The flowers, herbs, plants, and all the sculptures were so impressive. I always thought that the Filbert Steps and stairways of the sort can be more impressive than hiking up a hill. The reason is because you get to see everything all in one. Not only are you seeing flowers and plants but you get to see the best Urban views in the city. It's an elusive hike, but you are never alone.
So we kept walking and walking and finally reached the top of the wooden steps. I believe we had just passed ''Napier Lane'' and Darryl St, which were paper streets that appeared as trails rather than regular streets. Their gardens were just so well kept and fresh. I felt like nibbling on some wild blackberries. As we reached the street of the Coit Tower, we decided to go up the 41 or so stairs that led us right next to the Tower. And as we made our way around the Tower to descend down to the ''Greenwich Steps'' we saw an area of grass with some young teenagers working out, doing calisthenics and stretching.
We went down the Greenwich Steps and along the way saw a black cat. My sister called it over and started petting the cute little creature. After that, we stumbled across a house that had a deer sculpture and a ''Mini Me'' picture on the front window of one of the houses. It was definitely a great day for a walk.
Lower part of the Filbert Steps
Entering the wooden staircase on Filbert Steps
Harmonious flowers on the Filbert Steps
The trail on Napier Lane was very harmonious
More wooden steps to climb after passing Napier Lane
I believe this is Darrell St, another paper street just like Napier Lane. It seemed very heavenly.
The other aspect of the Filbert Steps experience is the Coit Tower. One of the most famous landmarks in the city awaits us at the top of the climb. This just adds that much more to the whole experience! But we still had much more to climb to get to the top, don't get fooled.
A well known statue right above Montgomery
Finally the last set of stairs that took us to the top of Filbert
As we crossed filbert we went up the First set of stairs that took us up to the Coit Tower level. There were about 41 total steps
2nd set of steps took us up to the Coit Tower level, where we saw much more
A view I took right next to Coit Tower.
A statue of Christopher Columbus awaits us right before we descend down to the Greenwich steps
After going down the brick steps on Greenwhich, we passed the Julius Castle and Montgomery St, continuing down the Greenwich steps
On the left side of the steps, we see a black kitty that happens to be very friendly to people
My sister pets the kitty and then later picks it up
Here is the last part of the hike. I saw a deer sculpture but my sister spotted something else in the front window. ''MINI ME'' she said. I didn't comprehend what she said. Then I understood that it was Mini Me from Austin Powers.
Out of all the individual stairways in San Franciso, I think that without a doubt, the Greenwich and Filbert Steps that lead to the Coit Tower , are the most glamorous. They are over 453 steep steps as well. More travelers visit that stairway than any other stairway and when you get to the top, you reach Coit Tower and feel like Rocky. Now don't get me wrong, there are unbelievable stairway walks in the city that probably top the steps to Coit Tower, but in my opinion the Telegraph Hill steps are the most glamourous INDIVIDUAL stairways. You can probably count going up once an actual complete stairway walk even though it's just one stairway.
I have only seen the parrots one time. But there are many birds chirping all day long. Many neighbors are proud and talk to the visitors about their neighborhood, garden, and lifestyle. During the walk, you will see monuments and statues. You will have a great view of the bay and it feels like your right above it, which you are.
Walk up and down this stairway 3 times. I promise you that even if you are in great shape, you are going to feel it. There is nothing wrong with a treadmill, but it seems to me that the Filbert and Greenwich steps are harder, yet funner, and they add a peaceful, tranquil, and spiritual component to it.
Above is the halfway point of the Greenwich Steps. You can get an idea how steep and high it is. You can't see the top from here.
Once I reached the top, I went to see a side view of the city over by the Filbert Steps.
An image of the top of Filbert Steps looking down.
A nice view of one of the homes.
A statue half way down the Filbert Steps