I Hike to Coit Tower from Market Street

After work, I really wanted to get out to stretch my legs, so naturally I went for an urban hike. I started at Mechanics Monument Plaza at Market and Bush/Battery.

Mechanics Monument Plaza
Mechanics Monument Plaza

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I think this statue sets the theme of the hike nicely. A lot of the old City in San Francisco is deeply rooted in the blue collar trade, going way back to the Gold Rush. As a matter of fact, when you take the route I took, you’ll pass by the Wells Fargo Gold Rush museum on Montgomery street.

Wells Fargo Stage Coach
Wells Fargo Stage Coach

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On this site, Wells, Fargo, and Co. Banking & Express first opened its doors for business July 13, 1852
On this site, Wells, Fargo, and Co. Banking & Express first opened its doors for business July 13, 1852

Of course, this route up Montgomery Street has a lot of architecture, both new and old to see from below.

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Looking up Montgomery Street at California, towards Telegraph Hill.

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This is looking the other way, towards South of Market. Down the street you can see the emerging Transbay terminal being built over the street between Mission and Howard. Beyond that, you can see new residential high rises. This is actually looking down 1st Street, not Mongomery, and those residentials are Rincon Hill.
This is looking the other way, towards South of Market. Down the street you can see the emerging Transbay terminal being built over the street between Mission and Howard. Beyond that, you can see new residential high rises. This is actually looking down 1st Street, not Mongomery, and those residentials are Rincon Hill.

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Going further up Mongomery Street, past all of the banking headquarters, I ran into the Transamerica Pyramid. This is on Montgomery and Washington where Columbus Street ends.

Looking up Columbus from the Transamerica Pyramid.
Looking up Columbus from the Transamerica Pyramid.

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This is the site of The Montgomery Block.

As you continue on Montgomery, the street gets quieter and quieter. There are older historic buildings here. there is a gentle slope going up the hill. Check out these old office buildings!

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And now it's starting to be residential.
And now it’s starting to be residential.

Once you get past Broadway, home of strip clubs, you get into a paradoxically nice neighborhood. It’s almost like they don’t mind that just a half block away there is a seedy stretch of bars and clubs. But who cares?! Check out the views!

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Do you recognise this town?
Do you recognise this town?
Looking down Montgomery now.
Looking down Montgomery now.
And looking down Union Street.
And looking down Union Street toward Russian Hill.
Union Street looking at the Bay Bridge.
Union Street looking at the Bay Bridge.

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And once we get to the apex of Mongomery Street, we take a left and head up the Filbert Steps.

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And then on up to Pioneer Park where Coit Tower stands.

Coitus Towerus.
Coitus Towerus.

After enjoying incredible views, I decided to head back down Filbert Steps all the way to Levi’s Plaza to meet up with regular city streets at Battery. I took the easy way. These steps are steep and they go all the way up (or down in my case.)

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I got my steps in today. I hit my goal.
I got my steps in today. I hit my goal.

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