Unusual Streets of
Russian Hill

Urban Explorations North

• Macondray Lane
• Crooked Street
• Views of Golden Gate Bridge
• Cable Car Museum

Difficult hills and stairs
1.5 to 2 hours

This urban hike takes in lots of hills and stairs, but you'll encounter some of the city's more unusual and picturesque streets.

Printable Map (pdf file)

Updated 11/7/01


• Start at Washington Square Park, corner of Filbert and Columbus Streets.
• Facing church, turn left and cross Columbus, walking down Filbert Street 1 block.
• Left on Mason Street (cable car line) and walk 8 blocks.

Cable Car Museum
Located at corner of Mason and Washington Streets, this interesting museum at the cable car barn shows you the wheels and machinery in action that moves the cable cars. Open daily 10am-5pm. Free.

• Go back 1 block on Mason to Jackson.
• Left on Jackson Street and go 1/2 block.
• Right on Auburn Alley and pass by the colorfully decorated homes.
• At end of Auburn Alley, cross Pacific Street and take Salmon Alley.
• At end of Salmon Alley, ascend stairs to mini-park.
• Left on Broadway and go 1/2 block.
• Right on Taylor Street and go 2 blocks.
• Before crest of hill, tiny Fallon Place stairs wander off to your right and end.
• At crest of hill you can rest at Ina Coolbrith Park, which is built right into the hill.
• Across the street from the park, climb Vallejo stairs.

Vallejo Street
Russian Hill's summit along this one block is capped with exclusive Italianate homes, the sidewalk built up above street level over garage entrances.

• Continue down Vallejo Street for 3 blocks.
• Right on Hyde Street (stores and cafes, cable car line) and walk 4 blocks.
• Left on Greenwich Street - park and tennis courts on your right.
• At end of street, you'll descend pedestrian path and steps, passing 3 paths to your right.
• Just before Larkin Street, take the third path on your right into the little park, where there is a bench and a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
• Descend stairs to corner of Larkin and Lombard Streets.
• Right on Lombard Street and walk 1 block.

Lombard Street
You'll be at the top of the crookedest street in the world, and you can laugh at all the cars lined up waiting to drive down it as you jauntily descend.

• Descend the crooked street.
• Right on Leavenworth Street.
• Pass by Greenwich Steps and steep Filbert Street with stairs cut into sidewalk and 90 degree parking.

Haven Steps
Although this garden street and stairs on your right is only 1/2 block long, it's lovely. Explore to the end of the block, where there is a bench, then return to Leavenworth.

• Continue up Leavenworth about 1 block.

Macondray Lane
This 2-block garden lane was made famous in Armistad Maupin's "Tales of the City."

• Left on Macondray Lane, crossing Jones Street and descending stairs at end of lane to Taylor.
• Left on Taylor Street and go 1/2 block to Union Street.
• Right on Union Street and go 2 blocks back to where you started the hike.