Lombard Street | “The Crooked Street”

Lombard Street runs west to east most of the way across the northern part of San Francisco, from The Presidio over to Telegraph Hill and onward to The Embarcadero. The particular section that runs between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street on the east side of Russian Hill is a tourist attraction and classic postcard image because of its 8 hairpoint turns going down the steep hill.

If you’re here as a tourist riding the cable cars, take the Powell/Hyde line and hop off here. When you’re done you can hop back on the next cable car that passes through to proceed to other destinations toward Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf. Be sure to get an SFMTA visitor pass, as the cable car fare is 7 bucks per ride, and the visitor pass allows unlimited rides on the cable cars, buses, and streetcars; you will get more than your moneys worth if you get one of these before you begin trotting around town.

lombard street san francisco toward coit tower

View over Lombard Street from Hyde, eastward toward Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill.

Here is a brief video of cars going down Lombard Street, navigating the zigzag turns:

We considered going down to the bottom to hopefully take some better pictures, but we were very tired and beat down and didn’t want to trudge all the way down the treacherous sidewalk and then climb back up the hill. We would have bit the bullet and done that anyway if we weren’t already confident that for this particular place, there are plenty of public domain images that are better than any pictures that we could have taken. So here’s a nice aerial shot of Lombard Street from above, looking uphill from Leavenworth Street:

Aerial View of Lombard Street, San Francisco. photo by pdphoto.org

Aerial View of Lombard Street, San Francisco. Photo courtesy of pdphoto.org


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