San Francisco is known, amongst other more respectable things, for its steep streets. This photo is of Filbert street, the steepest street in San Francisco; and at 31.5% grade, it’s the 4th steepest street in the world (tied at 4th with another San Francisco street, 22nd street). I was in the neighborhood picking up something from craigslist and stumbled upon this famously steep street (well, okay…full disclosure here: I kind of have an obsession with steep streets and ventured slightly out of my way, camera in hand, to find it).
There is actually a section of a street here in San Francisco that has a 38% grade, but to qualify according to the Guinness Book, it has to maintain the grade for a whole block.
Baldwin Street has all sorts of yearly competitions and events on its street to showcase its famous steepness. I think Jay Leno once rolled watermelons down this one, but I think we can come up with something better. Any ideas? Rolls of ribbon?