We began our walk near the Vermont entrance to the park. This is a very quiet stretch of one of the main thoroughfares of the City and is a grand approach to the park. It's a ritzy part of LA called Los Feliz and we admired the homes as we walked downhill.
A few blocks later we turned and went deeper into the neighborhood and soon arrived at a City-designated Historic Cultural Landmark. It is one of very few stairways to enjoy this status . I think the Music Box stairs in Silver Lake share this as does one of the stairways in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of LA. It was 181 very grand steps with a rest area in the middle and at the top.
Charles takes a well-earned break at the top.
We soon found ourselves at our second stairway. Shady and well-maintained with a dramatic arch at the top.
Only 70 steps - a piece of cake.
With hillside walks in LA city views are inevitable. This was one of many incredible views we encountered along the way.
Can someone tell me what this is?
Los Feliz Boulevard in the distance.
On the way down these 133 steps you can see the famous Ennis House - one of several Frank Lloyd Wright structures in Los Angeles.
We continued down a second staircase and encountered a large mosaic on one of the walls depicting famous LA landmarks. The one pictured below is the Griffith Observatory which we would soon reach.
The Observatory in mosaic form.
This 1920's house (Witches' Whimsy) is said to be designed to resemble the famous Tam O'Shanter Inn restaurant in nearby Atwater Village. We could have continued downhill and headed back to the car and I was tempted but I was talked out of it and we pressed on.
A closer view of Ennis house.
Ennis house was built in '24 and you may remember it from 'Day of the Locust' or 'Bladerunner.' The Maya-inspired textile-block house needs major repair work and is rumored to be on the market. As we approached the Frank Lloyd Wright house we came across rooftop solar panels. Why are they so rare in sunny SoCal?!
Detail of a textile block.
A view of Downtown LA.
As we continued walking uphill the Observatory was in view and we would soon enter the park and continue on a dirt path.
Willie on one of the numerous hiking trails leading to/from the Observatory. We finally reached the Observatory and sat on the steps to rest before heading downhill to lunch and our cars. Below is Charles resting with a view of the famous Hollywood sign. From the Observatory there is a path leading to the top of the mountain and spectacular 360-degree views.
Charles taking another break. Charlie's Angels or what?! We were soon heading downhill and walked past an LA landmark - the Greek Theatre. While not as well-known or as big as the Hollywood Bowl, it has nevertheless hosted world-class entertainers in the decades that it has existed.
Just down the road our walk ended at the Roosevelt Golf Course snack shop where we grabbed lunch. A view from the '19th' hole. Willie and Charles posing in front of the restaurant.
Feel free to join me as I discover hidden parts of Los Angeles and tackle the remaining 20 stair walks.
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