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Name Greenwich Street Stairs
Location Three sections from Telegraph Hill to Montgomery Street, across the Montgomery Street median and down to Sansome Street
Length Three blocks
Stairs nearby Peter Macchiarini Steps
Filbert Steps
Calhoun Terrace
Reno Street
Green Street Stairs
Vallejo Street Stairway

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Like the neighboring Filbert Steps, the Greenwich Street Stairs are a famous San Francisco landmark.  Rising in two sections from Sansome Street, across Montgomery and up to Coit Tower, the stairs deserve their fame.

The upper section of the stairs is constructed from red brick and runs for a significant distance through the edge of Pioneer Park.  Slightly further down the slope, the stairs widen as they move through a residential section of well kept gardens and houses.

Reaching Montgomery Street, the stairs jog slightly to the south and continue downward.  They pass directly underneath several houses before descending sharply to the intersection of Sansome and Greenwich Streets.

The uppermost and lowermost sections of the stairs are showing some wear - not unexpected due to the traffic on these famous stairs.  These are also the steepest sections of stairs and while not dangerous, caution is warranted.

If you are visiting Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower, I recommend using either the Filbert Steps or Greenwich Street Stairs to ascend and the other stairway to descend the hill.

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