Lyon Street Steps run up Lyon St. from Green St. to Broadway, near the southeast corner of the Presidio. Many San Francisco stairways are also necessary transportation routes, and these steps connect Cow Hollow to Pacific Heights. The fact that they also offer spectacular views is a bonus.
The first block begins at the point where Green dead-ends and is the steeper of the two sections, two narrow flights of 62 steps each heading up to Vallejo Street. The daunting stretch is a favorite workout for runners and fitness enthusiasts.
Across Vallejo an elaborate stone balustrade announces “Lyon Street,” and a meticulously maintained flower bed features a Heart in San Francisco sculpture, one of several of these public installations located around the city. The stairway from Vallejo up to Broadway—eight flights of 15 steps—is landscaped, wider and less steep, offering more opportunities to stop, catch your breath and admire the handsome (and pricey) homes flanking the east side of the stairs. From Broadway the view encompasses the Palace of Fine Arts dome, the rooftops of the Marina District and San Francisco Bay.
Note: Street parking in this residential area is limited. The closest Muni bus stops are the #43 at Jackson Street and Presidio Boulevard (3 blocks from the top of the steps at Broadway) and the #41 at Lyon and Union streets (a block from the foot of the stairway beginning at Green Street).