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Stairway Walks in San Francisco

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Hundreds of stairways traverse San FranciscoOCOs 42 hills, exposing incredible vistas while connecting colorful, unique neighborhoods, and veteran guide Adah Bakalinsky loves them all. Her updated "Stairway Walks in San Francisco" explores clandestine corridors from Lands End to Bernal Heights while sharing captivating architectural, historical, pop culture, and horticultu ...more
ebook, 305 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Wilderness Press (first published 1984)
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While in San Francisco my friends and I stumbled on one of these famous stairway walks. It's funny coming on this because on a previous trip with these same friends, we didn't walk up stairs, but a steep hill which quickly became known as the "climb to Heaven."

The stairs we came on were on Telegraph Hill on one side of the Coit Tower. Beautiful views of the bay, gardens, and the city. I was talking to a family and the woman mentioned this book. The next stop at a San Fran bookstore and I bought
I use this book regularly to plan walking adventures in San Francisco. I recommend the current version for its slightly improved layout, but past editions are fine as well. Years ago I did some of the suggested stairway walks, but now I mostly plan my own walks; the list of stairways in the bank of the book, by neighborhood and with ratings and notes, is very useful for planning purposes. This is a great book overall; my only wish would be for a pull-out map that included all of the stairways. E ...more
I have lived in San Francisco for 20 years and this book has led me to places I never would have known about! We always try a few walks when my family comes to town. The newest edition (7th) has more walks added. I enjoy learning about historical aspects of the neighborhoods, as well as architectural details. I would highly recommend this book for both visitors & residents!
This book is fantastic. Adah uncovers hidden gems in out of the way San Francisco neighborhoods. Adah covers history, neighborhood stories, architecture, and botany within each walk, with each one takes about two hours and features several stairways around the city. Out of 27 walks, I have done about half, and have yet to be disappointed. I highly recommend this book to anyone in SF.
I wil br reading this book for a while. I am not sure when I wiull complet all of teh walks. Each of the walks does have map and a considerable amount of detail. You ahve to read go, stop read, and then go again
Ellie Lum
this is the best book to get to know San Francisco. It takes you to so many hidden streets you would never see on your own. It is such a wonderful way to adventure in such a beautiful city. Best tourist book ever.
do these walks,it will enrich your life! get out of your car, and start walking the city's stairwells, seeing it from every angle. You will be delighted! promise.
Great choice for visitors to SF who have done all the standard tourista stuff. Good when paired with "Cracks in the Asphalt" by Alex Hatch.
I went on all 27 walks in 2011. A great way to explore the city.
My friend Peter did some of the photography for this book.

made me realize how beautiful our city is
Mar 17, 2008 M0rfeus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone in the San Franciscoc Bay Area, or who wants to explore San Francisco
Shelves: california
Excellent for local hikes in the City!
great for nice sunday afternoons!
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