Napier Lane off the Filbert St steps
Telegraph Hill Historic District
Movie buffs might recognize the name from the 1950s noir film Dark Passage, starring Humphrey Bogart. After escaping San Quentin, Bogie climbs the Filbert St steps, wrapped in plastic surgery bandages, and is taunted by a group of men below. What the film doesn’t show you is the amazing maze of tiny pathways, art-deco apartments, gardens, and cabin-like homes on the hillside. It’s a hike, but head up the stairs and pause halfway to take a short walk down the wooden, planked sidewalk Napier Lane. Most of the homes are Victorians from the mid-1800s, and are tucked away behind gardens; you can also catch views from a good portion of the Bay from this hillside hideaway.