"This is a rugged walk, requiring strong legs and good shoes, and not recommended on wet days... but what a walk! It features Silver Lake views, super-secret stairways, and a stroll along unpaved roads that used to be Red Car trolley lines." Taken from Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming.
Once again, Willie joined Charles and me. We have done FIFTEEN of these walks since May and there are 27 remaining. If you think you may want to join us don't wait until we finish! We always welcome guests. There are 4 walks in Santa Monica/Pacific Palisades and we will be doing one of these in 2 weeks. We'll make it a beach day to take advantage of the trip out there.
As we climbed the stairway pictured above we noticed that an older lady kept peeking her head and looking at us. Did she think we were up to no good or was she surprised that people were actually climbing these stairs? No sooner had we climbed these 56 stairs than these appeared. 156 more took us to Ivanhoe Drive in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Hydrangeas are among my favorite flowers.
As we climbed this hill (notice the Silver Lake Reservoir on the left) I thought that it looked familiar and indeed it was. We had hiked on the other side of this hill a few weeks back and had walked this area before towards the end.
We had seen this house on a previous walk but it still fascinates me.
At the bottom of this staircase pictured below is a dirt road that was once part of the Red Car trolley line that ran along Glendale Blvd in Atwater Village and then made its way through this area towards Downtown LA. In a previous post we walked along another section of the dirt path.