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Name Iron Street Stairs
Location Above the Castro near the intersection of Market and Corbett
Length One block
Stairs nearby Saturn Street Stairs
Market & Danvers Stairway

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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 can see forever.

Visit Iron Street before the wood turns to stone and be extremely careful ascending the stairway.

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