Just how many steps are there in Pittsburgh?The city of Pittsburgh has 712 public stairways with a total of 44,645 steps according to Bob Regan's The Steps of Pittsburgh (Local History Co.: 2004). Tallied together, that's more than 24,000 vertical feet, or four miles in height - more than 4,000 feet highter than Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America. It also gives Pittsburgh the distinction as the U.S. city with the most public stairways. With 712 sets of stairs, the city of Pittsburgh has almost as many steps as the next two cities on the list (Cincinnati, 400 and San Francisco, 350) combined.
Enjoy the view from the Pittsburgh stepsLooking beyond the exercise, many of the steps of Pittsburgh offer great vantage points from which to view and/or photograph the city.
- Mission Street steps from Oakley Way to Barry Street on the South Side provide a spectacular view of the South Side and downtown Pittsburgh
- Middle Street off East North Avenue on the North Side offers another good view of downtown Pittsburgh
- Downing Street steps off Herron Avenue in Polish Hill offer a view of downtown Pittsburgh from the east
- Top of Yard Way off St. Pius St. on the South Side provide a spectacular view of the South Side and downtown Pittsburgh