As a rule, whenever I’m in San Francisco I try to avoid the more tourist-oriented spots and instead seek out more obscure treasures. I think this site must fall somewhere between those two extremes — I was joined by a handful of other intrepid climbers during my midday visit, but I had never heard of the Lyon Street Steps until this year. Since I would much rather climb stairs than stagger up a steeply inclined sidewalk, I decided I was up for this challenge. And after climbing up ten flights of steps to the Lyon Step Podium, I would say the view is definitely worth the exertion. I also have tons of respect for the two people I saw running intervals up and down all 332 steps!
This is the first section, running between Green Street and Vallejo. These are only the warm-up — the steps you must climb to get to the stairs up above!
Partway there, and the view only gets better.