Tucked on Ord Street, the Saturn and Vulcan stairway combo is one of the most amazing in San Francisco—bringing both views and clues about what makes the city so unique. The duo of steps mounts the northwest slopes of Eureka Valley. Just over a block long, the mostly concrete Saturn Steps possesses a few historic exceptions: wooden parts are among the last in San Francisco (be sure to climb them before they turn to stone!). At the top turn you’ll get a beautiful view of Eureka Valley and the Mission. To find the second stairway turn right at Lower Terrace and then take the next right onto Levant Street. Narrow, rustic, and slightly out of the way, the Vulcan Steps take you to a land of lush gardens and greenery. Old Victorian houses and modern mansions line the stairwell, adding a large slice of San Francisco’s eclectic architecture to the surroundings.
TIP: For a bigger workout, climb the Vulcan Stairway instead and descend using the shorter Saturn Steps. The steps also double as fun routes towards Corona Heights Park.
Here’s a map to the start of both stairway walks. Dog-friendly!