The city of San Francisco contains hundreds of stairways that are mostly hidden
from tourists and even many locals. Typical walking tours tend not to cover
this fascinating feature of the city. These stairways connect interesting and
beautiful parts of San Francisco off the beaten paths. They
provide links to the city's rich and diverse history, and connect today's
neighborhoods and communities. Our goal is to show people the many joys of
discovering these wonderful stairways.
We have created a number of walks that cover several of the stairways
in a given part of the city. The walks last 2 to 3 hours, and include
stops along the way to review points of interest. We delve into the history
of the neighborhoods and meet many colorful characters that helped shape
These walks are not for the faint of heart. We climb and descend
many stairs and move at a brisk pace. You should be reasonably fit to
get the full enjoyment from our guided walks.
For now, these walks are free. However, tips are always welcome.
And, of course, a positive review on Trip Advisor
will help us get the word out.
We have a limit of 5 guests per tour, so be sure to sign up early. To register
for a tour, click here,
or on the Sign Up button above.
These walks are inspired by the book Stairway Walks in San Francisco by
Adah Bakalinsky and Mary Burk. I highly recommend this book for those of you
wishing to discover the stairways at your own pace. If you would like some
company, please join us on one of our walks.
We start this tour in the Castro then ascend Corona Heights, before
visiting San Francisco's oldest park, Buena Vista where we will discover what happened to all
the corpses in San Francisco (well, the tombstones anyway).
Much of the area covered by this tour was (fortunately) spared the devastating destruction
of the 1906 fire and many wonderful Victorian homes remain.
The walk starts in front of the Castro Theater, close to the Muni station.
Please arrive 5 minutes before the scheduled start time to complete the Waiver form.
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|This walk focuses
on the hills north of the Castro, and includes:
||Corona Heights, Buena Vista Park, and Buena Vista Park
||Discover the fascinating history of Corona
Heights, including many great (and not so great) people who helped shape
||Take in many great views of downtown
San Francisco downtown, Eureka Valley and the surrounding hills
||Learn about San Francisco Victorian
||Explore several wonderful public gardens
||Approximately 3.50 miles
||1000 feet climb
||826 steps up and 491
steps down, 1317 in total, with a few hills in between
||2 to 2.5 hours duration
Walking and history are two of my passions, and discovering the San Francisco
stairways has been a great outlet for both. I first fell in love with walking
in England while exploring the towns, villages and countryside. It's in my genes.
My Dad would think nothing of walking 11 miles (and back) to watch his local
soccer team. I have traveled extensively throughout the world and always found
walking tours the best way to explore my surroundings.
I was born in Germany and raised in England, eventually moving to the Bay Area
30 years ago. I graduated from college in England with a civil engineering
degree and managed large projects in the construction industry. I then moved
to managing projects in the computer industry, and stayed in that profession
for 25 years.
I retired from full-time employment in 2005 and started my third
profession, as a part-time investment specialist in the financial industry.
Now I'm happy to embark on the next chapter of my professional life as a walking
tour guide. My extensive professional experience, passion for walking and love
of San Francisco allows me to provide the best possible experience. If you're
looking for an educational, enjoyable and exceptional tour, please join me!