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.
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.
Of course, this route up Montgomery Street has a lot of architecture, both new and old to see from below.
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.
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!
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!
And once we get to the apex of Mongomery Street, we take a left and head up the Filbert Steps.
And then on up to Pioneer Park where Coit Tower stands.
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.)