Stairway Walks in San Francisco Guide Book

by Adah Bakalinsky with Mary Burk (Wilderness Press)
Stairway Walks in San Francisco  by Adah Bakalinsky with Mary Burk

304pp/maps/photos/illus
ISBN: 0899977499

Hundreds of public stairways traverse San Francisco’s 42 hills, exposing incredible vistas while connecting colorful, unique neighborhoods — Mary Burk and Adah Bakalinsky love them all. The updated Stairway Walks in San Francisco explores well-known and clandestine corridors from Lands End to Bernal Heights while sharing captivating architectural, historical, pop culture, and horticultural notes along the way. A comprehensive appendix lists every one of the city's 600-plus public stairways. Long-term residents and tourists alike have used the book for more than 25 years to adventurously uncover San Francisco’s unexpected details.

© Adah Bakalinsky with Mary Burk/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Stairway Walks in San Francisco" Guide Book
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... Preview: The streets of Bernal Heights East meet at angles that vary from the rectangular grid. Also, street names can flip-flop within a block, and several streets converge at a “corner.” Adah has mentioned t ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: Sunny Bernal Heights enjoys extraordinary views of the city. With the largest number of stairways of any neighborhood, it also has a greater variety of street names with historic associations than any ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: This walk takes you to both sides of Corona Heights, which is bounded roughly by Roosevelt, 15th St., States St., and Castro. From here you have easy access to the neighborhoods lying south of Market, ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: The Diamond Heights neighborhood was built on 325 acres of craggy, hilly terrain after World War II, when federal redevelopment money became available for construction. A range of modest to luxurious ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: Like a slipknot, this walk can easily be untied or wound back together again, depending on how your day unfolds. Its serendipitous nature led Adah and I along; each step felt brand new because we didn ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: A good walk is an organism of mysterious nuances that can affect us in subtle ways, from quiet harmoniousness to ebullience, from languor to exuberance. Within a stroll for a stamp, a loaf of bread, a ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: The Edgehill houses perched 600 feet above sea level allow their occupants to see extraordinary sunsets, glistening Pacific Ocean waters, and 32 miles to the northwest, the Farallon Islands, which are ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: The Edgehill houses perched 600 feet above sea level allow their occupants extraordinary sunsets, glistening Pacific Ocean waters, and 32 miles to the northwest, sightings of the Farallon Islands, whi ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
San Francisco, CA - Walking
... Preview: Eureka Valley encompasses the area below the southeastern slope of Twin Peaks. Wedged between Diamond Heights, Noe Valley, and Upper Market, it has one of the oldest, continuously functioning neighbor ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: It’s not the longest stairway in the city or the steepest; it’s not the most charming, nor the most personal. Filbert and Vallejo Stairways, Oakhurst Stairway, Vulcan and Harry Stairways, and Pemberto ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: The rock formations in San Francisco, built up through millions of years of sediment pressure and tectonic upheavals, appear to grade and slide in a geological pattern we can only guess is discernible ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: The north waterfront neighborhood hugging Fort Mason and the Marina offers amazing views and great opportunities for enjoying the parks with many other families and tourists around you. Even cable car ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: We are fortunate, living in San Francisco, to enjoy within the City boundaries a legacy of 1,490 acres of open space, which was home to the Native American Ohlone tribelet as far back as 3,000 years a ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
San Francisco, CA - Walking
... Preview: We are fortunate, living in San Francisco, to enjoy within the city boundaries a legacy of 1,490 acres of open space, which was home to the Native American Ohlone tribe as far back as 3,000 years ago. ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
Golden Gate, CA - Walking
... Preview: Adah has convinced me that a good walk takes on the shape of something real. Some of her walks even take on the tting shape of a boot or a shoe. However, Adah’s friend Charles Brock, who designed thi ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
Daly City, CA - Walking
... Preview: I am convinced that a good walk takes on the shape of something real. When I first started working with walking maps, I discovered that the walks I most enjoyed evolved into the shape of a boot or a s ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: Golden Gate Heights is one of the Sunset neighborhoods. Adah explained to me how scouting out this walk initially was reminiscent of trying to nd the beginning loop thread on a 10-pound sugar sack. W ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
Golden Gate, CA - Walking
... Preview: Each visit to Lands End seems to improve upon the next because the area is still actively being restored. Thanks to the now-defunct Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, donations totaling $9 million were m ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
Golden Gate, CA - Walking
... Preview: McLaren Park, located in the southeast corner of San Francisco, is the city’s second largest park (318 acres) and one of its least known. On this walk, you’ll explore the seeps, ponds, and marshes of ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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... Preview: At 938 feet, Mt. Davidson is the highest hill in San Francisco. Known in the 1850s as Blue Mountain, it was renamed Mt. Davidson in 1911 to honor George Davidson (1825–1911), first surveyor of the mou ... From the guidebook "Stairway Walks in San Francisco"
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