This gorgeous hiking tour of San Francisco's hidden stairways is breathtaking. See vistas that most San Franciscans don't even know exist, while discovering beautiful neighborhoods that tourists rarely see.
It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.
You can cancel up to 24 hours prior to your tour date without penalty and receive a full refund. Also prior to 24 hours of your tour date, you can reschedule your tour without penalty. Tour spots are limited.
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather
report and be prepared.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide
did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide
for that job well done.
Meet your guide in front of St. Anne's Church and get to know the group a little before ascending into San Francisco's residential neighborhood, the Sunset District. Hear stories about how this area came to be and what it is known for (hint, it faces the Ocean).
As you climb the hill, known by locals as Turtle Hill, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and Golden Gate Park! Or Fog. Literally Just Fog. Then you IMAGINE the bridge, ocean and park in your mind. Either view is actually pretty incredible as the city is known for its epic fog cover. You never know what you're gonna get!
As we approach the north side of the stairway gardens we come across a variety of beautiful hidden gardens. The planting consist primarily of California natives and succulents. The SF Succulent Society donated succulents to further enhance the gardens in 2010. The CA natives were planted in part to support the endangered Green Hairstreak Butterfly so don't be surprised if you find many of these fluttering about during your hike.
Be awestruck by the original set of tiled steps as they come into view. Learn about the small neighborhood collaboration that wanted to create a sea to stars themed mosaic flowing up their 163 step stairway that ended up becoming one of SF's most sought after hidden gems. Neighborhood residents started the project in 2003 in an effort to engage the neighbors in a community project to beautify Sunset Heights.
The stairs lead you to Grand Park where the views of San Francisco are simply some of the best you will ever find. On a clear day you can see the entire length of Golden Gate Park as it goes from ocean to urban jungle. Amazing!
Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher created the design on 163 mosaic panels that line the steps and tile sponsorship funded a large portion of this project. You will find all sorts of unique tiles and hear the stories that go along with them on this perfect urban hiking tour. Conclude your day with a short walk into Golden Gate Park and visit some of the amazing nearby museums.
Guests should be reasonably fit. Though we don't cover many miles, some of the terrain is steep. We will be hiking up and down many wondrous steps and hills. It will be necessary to carry small children as strollers are not suitable. If you bring a guest that’s under 18, it’s your responsibility to make sure the activities they participate in are age-appropriate.