Taking the Filbert Steps is definitely the best way to get to the Coit Tower San Francisco!
Directions: Get directions on Google Map to the Filbert Steps from your location.
If taking the BART, get off on the Montgomery or Embarcadero station and keep on going UP (meaning the building address numbers should increase as you walk) until you reach a garden-y looking flight of stairs. If in the San Francisco area, start at Lyon Street on the east of the Presidio.
More on the Filbert Steps...
The Filbert Steps are located on Filbert Street of San Francisco. Filbert Street is one of the most steepest steps in SF.
These steps sit right below the Coit Tower, which is located on Telegraph Hill.
The steps are not really meant to be an attraction to tourists, but simply serves as a stairway to pedestrians.
Those who live nearby even have to go through all these steps just to get to their houses! (I wonder if they're quite fit, lol).
If you're driving, you would most likely have to park among the streets or park on Telegraph hill, in the Coit Tower parking lot.
Um...there's not really much to do there but...
...Many locals use the stairs to jog, walk, or hike during the day in San Francisco. Tourists who find this secret area of San Francisco find the view of the bay rewarding.
Photographers often use the area as one of their settings or backgrounds.
You can also view the wonderful flowers and garden-like scenery that sits along the steps. If you're lucky, you may even find a parrot :).
The main purpose that the Filbert steps really serve is to provide a way for pedestrians to get to the Coit Tower.
Honestly, I loved this little area/stairway. There are plenty of stairways like these in San Francisco, like the Vallejo Street Steps or the Lyon Street Steps.
I've been living in San Francisco for 10 years, but I just recently discovered this neat little secret attraction in San Francisco, lol.
This stairway was beautiful to me because it felt like I was hiking at a different place, and it's kind of a mini, quick getaway from the busy city of SF.
I'm a nature junky, so the beautiful flowers and naturistic atmosphere really excited me, hehe. I went here with my boyfriend and it was actually kind of a romantic setting! :)
We also took a few rest stops to view the city and the bay from above. Overall, not many people may get excited over this little stairway, but I thought this place was quite lovely!
I think there are about 200 steps. If you're not used to strenuous walks, I suggest you take a breather every 10 steps, hehe.
See you around,
Your friendly, local SF travel guide ;).
Make way for others! :)