The Iron Street Stairs are some of San Francisco's last
wooden stairways. Rotting and worn, the stairs ascend Twin Peaks
near the intersection of Market and Corbett.
When I visited the Iron Street Stairs in April of 2004,
many of the steps were loose, broken and rotten. A small sign nailed
to one of the steps declared "Watch Your Step!" Someone placed orange
cones on the worst steps, but the warning was understated. Many unmarked
steps tilted forward under pressure and others threatened to break.
Several residences open onto Iron Street which ensure
the longevity of the steps. How many days remain before the city
replaces them with concrete is questionable.
The view from Iron Street is outstanding. On a clear
day...you can see forever.
Visit Iron Street before the wood turns to stone and be
extremely careful ascending the stairway.