It was an early morning recently in San Francisco and I headed over to 16th Avenue and Moraga…
…in the Inner Sunset neighborhood to checkout The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project.
The 163-step staircase dates back to 1826.
The project to create and add the mosaics started in 2003, being completed a year later by residents and contributors from the neighborhood. You’ll find handmade animals, birds, flowers and fish themed tiles amongst colorful patterns on this hidden gem.
As your going up the stairs, turn around to capture the panoramic neighborhood views straight out to the Pacific, San Francisco Bay and beyond.
Making it to the top is definitely work. Several runners went by, going up-and-down, as I got my exercise in for the day. 🙂 You’ll find Grand View Park once up-top.
The greenery and landscape along the sides is well maintained and worth a look in its own right.
The steps are easily accessible, a few streets east of State Route 1 (19th Avenue). Find a place to park at the bottom within the neighborhood on 16th Avenue. Photos and walking up-and-down the stairs is free.
It was a great morning walking the steps in San Francisco. When you’re in town make sure to checkout this mosaic masterpiece.