Fall is here, so take a walk up Bernal Hill before the weather turns so awful that you just want to stay indoors and wait out the fog and wind. But you don’t need to walk up steep streets. Take the stairs instead.
San Francisco is laced with secret staircases. Some, like the Lyon Streets steps with its million-dollar homes, are well known to locals and tourists alike. But there are beautiful stairs scaling the sides of Bernal Hill as well.
Part of the fun in taking the stairs is the joy of discovering them so this article won’t reveal all of the stairs and steps around Bernal, but here are a few.
Take Harrison all the way to its end and you’ll find a small park and modest wood steps that lead up to fantastic views of downtown.
Esmeralda Street has steps that go from the very top of Bernal – from the base of the weather station – all the way down to Valencia street. Not far from the top of the steps, there is a long, steel slide running parallel to Esmeralda. Give it a try, if you dare.
One of the easiest ways to find the steps around Bernal is to walk Bernal Heights Boulevard. This is the road that circles Bernal Hill at the top. There are half a dozen sets of steps that start there.