Is This Section of Filbert Street the Steepest in San Francisco?

It sure looks steep. But what about this:

22nd Street in San Francisco, California is one of the steepest streets in the world. Between its intersections with Church and Vicksburg Streets in the Noe Valley neighborhood, it has a maximum gradient of 1:3.226, or 31%, the same as Filbert Street in San Francisco.

Can these two blocks be exactly the same, steepnesswise?

Filbert betwixt Hyde and Leavenworth. The thing is that the block starts off pretty flat up near Hyde and then…whoosh. Any block with steps carved into the sidewalk is very very steep, of course:

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Perhaps Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant, or Tory, the Mythbusters of the Discovery Channel, could investigate the simplest or cheapest way to see which street has the steepest grade, and then test things out?

Some people should put their lives on hold until this important issue gets resolved.

The Steepest Streets in the City

1. Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde (31.5% grade)
2. 22nd Street between Church and Vicksburg (31.5% grade)
3. Jones between Union and Filbert (29% grade)
4. Duboce between Buena Vista and Alpine (27.9% grade)
5. Jones between Green and Union (26% grade)
6. Webster between Vallejo and Broadway 26% grade)
7. Duboce between Alpine and Divisadero (25% grade)
8. Jones between Pine and California (24.8 grade)
9. Fillmore between Vallejo and Broadway (24% grade)

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3 Responses to “Is This Section of Filbert Street the Steepest in San Francisco?”

  1. sfcitizen says:

    From Greg:

    “That filbert st. section is a) not only a bitch to park your car at but is also b) where they filmed that awesome ad for Sony BRAVIA tv’s that had all the superballs bouncing down the street.

    A friend of mine used to live on that st. and lemme tell ya it’s a real hassle to park there…you feel like the car is going to tip over if you don’t move in just right. And people park SO CLOSE to each other, more often than not I had to go out the window or the sunroof.”

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I’d have to be pretty desperate to park there, that’s for sure. No picnic

  3. Jeffrey W. Baker says:

    If you like this topic, you’d love the “Five Steepest Hills in San Francisco, Plus Mt. Tam” bike ride, which is irregularly scheduled by the Almaden Cycle Touring Club.