I had never been up Beachwood Canyon Drive in Hollywood despite living here for so long. It is a street that tourists know well as it seems to lead directly to the Hollywood sign. Despite not being able to access the sign they come in droves anyway! What I discovered was a beautiful neighborhood with amazing (and challenging) stairways, as well as views to die for.
I was wondering how long before I ran into a fellow Stair Walker and it happened today on our 6th walk. Jenny told me that she had done this one before and that it was one of her favorites. We would soon discover why.
The Hollywoodland development was built in the early 1920s as one of the area's first premier housing developments and counted Humphrey Bogart, Bela Lugosi, and Bugsy Siegel among its many famous residents. To advertise this neighborhood a giant sign was built on the mountainside which read 'Hollywoodland." After a landslide the 'land' fell off and the rest is history.
This walk contained several steep stairways. The first one was made with the same granite used in the stone arch pictured above. 143 shaded but tough steps.
I have always marveled at how they manage to hang houses on steep hillsides in this town. See a great example below.
The stair climbing gets rougher. This one contains 149 steps with the last 84 "in a single unbroken run."
My favorite stairs are the ones that go down! This one consisted of 178 steps but had handrails which were very handy as they were steep.
Here is another example of LA hillside architecture. The infinity pool and sundeck seem to barely cling to the side of the mountain.
This one was not so bad - only 118 granite steps.
From this house we had a view of Lake Hollywood. When I was in high school we used to hangout here but I had never seen the lake from this side. We hiked down a dirt trail to reach the reservoir. Too bad you can't swim here!
We try to end our walks with food and had a well-earned lunch at a local cafe - The Village Coffee Shop.
Feel free to join me as I discover hidden parts of Los Angeles and tackle the remaining 36 stair walks.
Steps walked to date: 3,015
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