On this walk we were joined by our regulars - Willie and Vladimir - and Sammy (Vlad's nephew). It is always a pleasure to have others along and I usually post our next walk in my status on Facebook. In addition, Charles sends out an email weekly to those who are interested in keeping up on where we will be next. If you want to be added to this list please let me know.
From Left: Sammy, Charles, Willie, Vlad.
We began this walk at Riverside Drive and Fletcher Drive in Silver Lake. On one side of Riverside lies the busy Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) and on the other a hillside which I found to be in disrepair. We saw the remnants and foundations of former homes and stairways leading nowhere. It looks as if the hillside has reclaimed some of the old structures.
I don't know what this means. Perhaps it was meant to say that parts of this walk would be a 'bear'? Once we turned of Riverside Drive into a residential area and were soon on Silver Lake Avenue. Not Silverlake Blvd or Silver Lake Court which lies at the top of the first stairway. Normally, the staircases were built for people to climb down from their hillside homes to access the trolley cars but in this case the residents climbed these 30 steps to reach the Pacific Electric Red Car trolley line which took them to Downtown LA. At the top we found 2 surprises. The first was this very friendly couple who were also using their handy Secret Stairs book in hand and were doing the same walk. This is my 2nd such encounter and it's great to know that others are actively enjoying the guide as we are.
The second surprise was this road. It appears to be an abandoned byway but this dirt country road was actually where the Red Car line ran some years ago. There are no traces of this rail line that I could see. I knew of this road as I had a friend whose house backed up onto this road but I did not know the story behind it nor the significance of the stairways in helping people access this vital transportation system.
We continued along this rustic road for several minutes and encoutered a shady grove of trees and it was hard to believe that we were right in the middle of the city!
Feel free to join me as I discover hidden parts of Los Angeles and tackle the remaining 32 stair walks.
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