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The Vulcan Stairs is one of the best stairways in San Francisco. Almost two blocks long, the people who live alongside them carefully guide the steps. The gardens are splendid and look like a forest in sections. The houses on Vulcan Steps are distinctive and are a representation of the diverse tastes of people who live on steps in accordance with the tradition of peculiar architecture.

Almost all homes can only be reached by foot. All must be brought in by hand, food, equipment and furniture. Made mostly of concrete, the steps split the inclines into two distinct directions. The paths near the steps are reconnected by a short wood-plank trail.

The Vulcan Stairs is an ideal way to walk across the hill between Haight and Ashbury Park. Turn around, turn a bit, and walk down the Stairs on Saturn Lane. The Vulcan Stairs, 0.3 km lightly trafficked trail of Vulcan Steps is situated in the vicinity of San Francisco, which provides panoramic views and is ideal for all ability levels. The path is mostly used to stroll and to run and is accessible throughout the year. Dogs may also use this trail but must be maintained on lead.

There are several staircases along the Vulcan Street stairs with homes facing the step, meaning that the houses do not have an access by road for a vehicle. The stairs are a sweet spot in Corona Heights, a district that has a reputation for its hills. It is not the only place in SF that has a stairway, but these stairs are pretty bucolic and beautiful. Few towns have escalators, so we find them so fun, for that reason.

Check out our list of the Top 9 San Francisco Hidden Gems. We introduce more information about each on the following pages:  

  • Sutro Baths Ruins and Cave

  • Land's End Labyrinth

  • The Wave Organ

  • The Vulcan Stairs

  • Yerba Buena Garden Sculptures

  • Seward Mini Park

  • Telegraph Hill Parrots

  • Musee Mecanique

  • Angel Island State Park

All of these wonderful locations are located just a short drive from our location near Downtown Walnut Creek, California on Locust Street. Stop by for a visit anytime!

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