My tendons still hurt after this walk/hike! I think it was walking up a very steep street followed by a 198 step stairway that did it. This walk was a nice blend of urban and hillside walking. I have always known approximately where Mt. Washington was but I have never actually explored the area and Charles, Vladimir, and I were in for a great surprise. We started in Highland Park at N. Avenue 50 and N. Figueroa Street, crossed over the MTA Gold Line and walked a few blocks before encountering our first stairway.
I did not realize that we would be up there (Mt. Washington) in such a short time!
We walked a few more blocks before encountering this - a really steep street followed by a 198-step stairway. This was the worst part of the walk but well worth the climb! You can see the stairway at the very top of the street. It took us to the homes way up on the hill on Mt. Washington.
The picture below belies the steepness of the street. Vlad and Charles made a new friend on the way up.
We were greeted at the top of the street by this beauty. It was a well-maintained, wide stair case with some shade and wildflowers. This staircase would take us to the charming Mt. Washington and some spectacular views.
On Mt. Washington you see some modern homes mixed in with the old but it has a secluded feel to it and provided some shady streets and awesome views. I'd like to go back on a less hazy day to fully appreciate the views.
Our walk took us to a view of the Southwest Museum from the back. I can't belive I've never been there! It has merged with the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and is rich in the heritage and history of the Southwestern US.
Before visiting The Southwestern Museum (the oldest museum in Los Angeles) please visit the website as I believe its visiting hours are very limited. This back entrance lies at the bottom of the hill and is actually a tunnel that leads to an elevator as the museum itself is perched on a hill. Access is limited. Further down the street we found an open gate leading to a stairway to the museum. At the top we were met by a not-so-friendly guard who informed us that the museum and grounds were closed! I was not about to have our walk interrupted and would not take 'no' for an answer. After several minutes of explaining that I was writing a blog about stairs and showing him some pictures he relented. We walked quickly through the grounds and up several stairways that eventually led us to a driveway and we walked back down the hill. He was right behind us the whole way. I know that we will be back to spend some quality time there.
The MTA Gold Line drops you off at the bottom of the hill and is very convenient.
Just steps away we found a shrine of another sort... We continued along the elevated walkway and came upon this t-shaped stairway.
Soon after we walked down this run-down stairway leading us to Figueroa.
Yet another dog on the doorstep of the Hiner House - a City landmark.
As we walked along Figueroa the Southwest Museum was ever-present.
At the end of the walk we came across several Craftsman-style homes.
Nothing cures the pain of an arduous walk like MEXICAN food! We capped off our morning with lunch at Chico's Mexican Food at N. Avenue 50 and N. Figueroa Street. It is a great little place and the service and food were awesome.
Feel free to join me as I discover hidden parts of Los Angeles and tackle the remaining 34 stair walks.
Steps walked to date: 3,698
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