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Secret Stairs - An Urban Hike


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Silver Lake - Los Angeles is home to countless stair cases dating back to the 1920s. That's what I went to scout out on my hike today.

I was amazed, impressed, and frankly just blown away by this neighborhood, which back in the 70s and 80s was overrun by gangs. Looks like clean-up here has been successful, and young families with kids have moved back in.

An urban park around Silver Lake Reservoir.


Hollywood is over there.


Quaint houses.


A street cafe.


Oh, and stairs...

... stairs...

... stairs...


The entire urban hike was about 8.5 miles long.
We did roughly 2400 stairs - 1600 up and 800 down.

It definitely was a different kind of adventure.

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IUHRYTR 11/25/2012 9:36PM

    Those stairs sure look like a good workout. Is this town close to you so you can hit them again? Enjoyed the pictures, as always. -- Lou

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CELLISTA1 11/24/2012 10:19PM

    I lived in Silverlake in the 60s when it was kind of dilapidated but beautiful. I live in the Hollywood Hills now, and your photo "street cafe" is where I have my hair cut. I am amazed that you hiked 8.5 miles around there. The stairways are wonderful remnants of the 1920s.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/24/2012 6:18PM

    Wow! That's a LOT of stairs! I'm so glad they managed to reclaim that part of the city. It looks awesome.

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/24/2012 4:48PM

    Wow! Fun and hard work, a perfect hike!

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RUNNER12COM 11/20/2012 12:36AM

    That is SO cool!

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FRAN0426 11/20/2012 12:18AM

    Great pictures and lots of stairs to climb---too many for me( more going down than up would be better for me)---glad you had a good time. The outdoor cafe would have had me stopping to rest my legs a bit.

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BOVEY63 11/19/2012 10:52PM

    Looks like an amazing area and wow that is a lot of stairs!

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CARTOONB 11/19/2012 10:44PM

    Looks like fun...even with all those stairs!

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MARLINDA5 11/19/2012 6:48PM

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The area looks great - the outdoor cafe is a nice addition.

Your stair climbing - great job. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 11/19/2012 4:13PM

    Awesome job on the Hike and thanks for sharing these pictures. emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 11/19/2012 12:54PM

    What a nice change of pace and the scenery was lovely too with great pictures.

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TRAVELISMYGAME 11/19/2012 12:45PM

    Good job! Thanks for posting the pics!

Tiffany
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2012 12:03PM

    What a great adventure - I haven't been to Silverlake for years but it sounds like it's time for another visit!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/19/2012 11:42AM

    Great change of pace for you emoticon ! The park was very nice. Didn't one of your mountain hikes rack up a huge number of equivalent flights of stairs? Not nearly enough hand rails for me on some of those stairs.

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KAYOTIC 11/19/2012 10:14AM

    Think about how nice your glutes will look after that!

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JACKIE542 11/19/2012 9:49AM

    Great adventure, thank you! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/19/2012 8:10AM

    OH MY, and I thought 400 stairs was a lot.
I guess I have a goal now!

GOOD FOR YOU!

YOU ROCK!~

thanks for sharing your beautiful adventures with pictures

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KITT52 11/19/2012 7:40AM

    looks good

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MALEXANDER4 11/19/2012 6:52AM

    Awesome hike. I love the scenery but the stairs.....awesome.

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DEBRA0818 11/19/2012 5:58AM

    What a great way to get in stair climbing!

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