This shot shows the real steep block of northbound Masonic, just above Fulton.
Dude here uses the bizarrely-wide sidewalk, the way I and most other people do. Good times:
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And you should too, that’s what I’m saying.
Now, going south on Masonic is different. You should stay on the street ’til the cross-street Turk (which has a higher speed limit than Masonic, go figure). Then you go onto the sidewalk for one block (taking care to avoid the illegally parked cars put there by area homeowners who actually own garages, go figure). Then at Golden Gate, you cross and wait for the light to turn red.
Then you have two whole blocks all to yourself, if only for a few moments
That’s How I Go Up Masonic, How I Come Down Masonic.