Monday, September 24, 2007

Filbert and Greenwich Street Steps

The east side of Telegraph Hill was home to a quarry in the 19th century. The hillside was cut away without regard to people's homes and businesses. Often homeowners would find that their houses were no longer habitable as the land beneath them had been blasted out. The City would occasionally tell the quarry to stop dynamiting, but this never seemed to have much effect.

What remains of the east side today provides beautiful vistas of San Francisco Bay and Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands. Many homes cover the hillside and are only accessible via the Greenwich and Filbert Street steps.

These steep stairways run between Sansome Street at sea level at the top of Telegraph Hill (275 feet). I highly recommend a walk along both of these pedestrian streets. Not only will you get spectacular views of the Bay, but you will stroll among some of the prettiest gardens in San Francisco. Flowers seem to be in bloom nearly year-round. If you are lucky, you'll also get to see the "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" flying overhead.

You can ascend one of the steps and then descend the other. Beware; the ascent is steep and not for the unfit. If climbing the steps seems daunting, take a tour of San Francisco with Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel. We'll drive to the top of Telegraph Hill where you can walk down one of the stairways. When you arrive at the bottom, we'll be waiting to continue your tour of San Francisco. For more information, call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.

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