"This is a short, rigorous walk that takes in a lot of altitude. The charm of the walk-streets and the peculiarities of the neighborhood should compensate for the absence of a good cafe to start and end from." Taken form Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming.
The 3 Amigos: Vlad, Willie, Charles
When walking through Silver Lake and Echo Park it really is hard to believe that these neighborhoods are no more than 5 miles from DOWNTOWN Los Angeles. As we have a Mediterranean climate here in Southern California the hills tend to be dry in the summer and fall but later this year we'll see if we can see some more green out there - what a sight it will be! These hillside walks are always fun and we are always surprised. We have completed 19 walks and have 23 to go. Some of the upcoming ones are very short so we will double up.
We began this walk at Allesandro and Whitmore Avenue. Across the street was the busy 2 Freeway that ends in Echo Park and leads to Downtown. I used to drive by this area when I worked Downtown years ago and had no idea then how really unique these neighborhoods are. It's never too late to explore and discover something new in your own backyard!
We climbed the first staircase on Peru Street - 114 steps to Walcott Way.
The Glendale Freeway (the 2) as seen from above.
I had heard about the Landacre house but had never seen it until this walk. The house pictured below belonged to Paul Lanacre - a preeminent American wood engraver and wood block artist who lived there from 1932 until his death in 1963. It is a Historic-Cultural Monument but has yet to be restored.