Lyon Street Steps: 30-Minute Endurance Training


Kim Chwalek

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The Lyon Street Steps is a beautiful public staircase that has gorgeous views of the Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Sausalito. This famous staircase contains a “Heart in San Francisco” sculpture and is surrounded by 40 million dollar mansions and pruned gardens. Lyon Street Steps is by far the most scenic staircase in San Francisco and one of the best for endurance training. This location is also a must-visit tourist spot in San Francisco.


Lyon Street Steps Directions

Need directions to Lyon Street? You can get to Lyon Street Steps by Bus or BART. The nearest stops to Lyon Street Steps are Lyon St & Union St, Lombard Gate, and Jackson St & Divisadero St, which are approximately 5, 9, and 10 minutes minutes away walking distance. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby: Bus 28, 43, 45, 70, DT.

Lyon Street Steps Workout

If you haven’t gone before, you’ll be surprised by the steep angle of the stairs. San Francisco locals agree that Lyon Street is one of the best locations for hiking and endurance training because you lose or gain elevation very quickly. Although the steps are steep, the view is beautiful and the workout is even more rewarding. The last time I went, I managed to complete four circuits in 30 minutes, which according to my own standard was a moderate intensity workout. In contrast, my athletic friend was able to complete six circuits in the same time frame. To maximize your workout, designate 30 minutes to circuit training and perform pushups or planks on the flatter areas.

How many Steps on Lyon Street Staircase?

The staircase has 244 stairs that stretch two blocks from Broadway (the upper portion) to Green Street (the lower portion). The lower stairs have two sections of 62 stairs and the upper part has eight sections of 15 stairs each.

What to Know Before You Go

If you decide to visit Lyon Street Steps, it’s best to go during off-hours to avoid a poor parking situation. This area relies on street parking and can get crowded quickly. Also, you should make sure to bring water and snacks because the workout can easily wear you out! For a low intensity workout, I’d recommend aiming for 2-3 circuits. For a moderate intensity workout, I’d recommend 4-5. As for a high intensity workout, try to hit 6-7 circuits. Be careful, it is harder than you think! After 1 circuit, your legs will definitely start to burn.

What to Do Post-Workout

If you are looking for a healthy post-workout meal, head over to Urban Remedy and Proper Food in the local area. Need inspiration for your next workout? Check out the Dipsea Trail from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach or the Berkeley Fire Trails that extend into the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve.

Lyon Street Steps may be one of eight different stairways in San Francisco, but it’s by far my favorite for a quick workout. Training on the steps will definitely leave you drenched in sweat! If you have been or want to go to Lyon Street Steps, let me know what you think of the staircase in the comments below.

XO, Kim


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  1. Guido says:

    Its 244 stairs, not approximately 300. The lower stairs have 2 sections of 62 stairs. The upper part has 8 sections of 15 stairs each. Total of 244.

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