Run the Lyon Street Steps

San Francisco Lyon Street Steps

  • Activities:

    Running, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Food Nearby
Scenic

A tough workout with an amazing view as a reward. You've been meaning to get in shape. Duration: 1 hour.

Rumor has it there are almost 300 stairs from top to bottom. This is a great place to get some exercise in if you're up for running or walking up the stairs. Do a few laps (roundtrip) and you'll be pretty happy with your workout. If you're really looking to get after it, throw in a few pushups and sit-ups at the top. On the weekends it can get a little crowded with people doing circuit training at the top. But hey, if that happens, take a look out at the scenic views of the bay and catch your breath for a second!

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  • Water bottle
  • Workout mix loaded on your phone
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Broken into a series of plateaus, this ascent up one of San Francisco's most manicured stairways is tough going. The stairs are in a crucible of mansion-level real estate, cute hedge rows and the more unruly Presidio, topping out to reward with a timeless view of the Bay.

4 months ago
4 months ago

Best stair workout! I stop halfway and add push-ups. Gorgeous views. Stash a water bottle and stretch after, your calves will thank you!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

great views, great stairs. crowded on the weekends!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

The rewarding view at the top of these stairs almost makes the hard work worth while. If you're planning to run them a few times, keep in mind that it can get crowded in the evenings and before work -- but that shouldn't stop you from your workout. The top of the stairs also provides easy access to the Presidio if you want to extend your run.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

This is an awesome stair workout with incredible views of the San Francisco Bay. Lyon Street Steps is actually comprised of two sets of stairs - the bottom set is really steep and a killer workout. The top set is much more gradual and easier to tackle. Run a few laps up both and you'll be feeling it the next day for sure.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Settle in and learn to sit with the burn!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Awesome! Pace yourself for the long climb up. You can do the whole set of stairs in about two to three minutes.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Popular spot, rewarding view.

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

Try to do a "warm up" run through Lover's Lane and Presidio before reaching Lyon St. These steps never fail school me. Every. Single. Time.

over 3 years ago
over 3 years ago

Great views, tough workout!

over 3 years ago
over 3 years ago

Beautiful Views. Great way to see the city!

over 3 years ago
over 3 years ago

Start slow. Your calves will hate a day later..

over 3 years ago
over 3 years ago

Killer workout. Bring a camera/iphone.

almost 4 years ago
almost 4 years ago

burn. that's it. burn.

almost 4 years ago
almost 4 years ago

super busy after work

almost 4 years ago
almost 4 years ago

Stash a water bottle. There isn't a drinking fountain nearby.

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

Amazing workout if you're looking for a quick, intense cardio session. Avoid the weekends midday if possible - early morning or late afternoon/evening is your best bet to avoid tourists and traffic on the stairs. Parking is easy on the street at either the top or bottom of the stairs. Bring a yoga mat for some abs to break up the stair repeats and don't forget your water bottle!

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

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