I realized that I had never been to Coit Tower so I decided to climb the Filbert Stairs to top. Yelp had some great comments on the climb. Unfortunately, I was not going to be able to make the tour of the murals. But I want to keep San Francisco City Guides in mind for next trip. You can get a good view of most of the murals from within the lobby.
I took the F Trolley line along the Embarcadero and got off at the base of Telegraph Hill. It was a short walk over to Filbert Street. There are actually two sets of stairs. The other set goes up Greenwich but I had heard that Filbert was more scenic.
They start steep and sterile looking but soon pass through beautiful gardens along the hillside of Telegraph Hill. The gardens are filled with tropical wonderland of plants.
At the top, there are good views off towards the financial district, North Beach, and into the bay.
Stairs on Telegraph Hill