Secret Stair Walk# 3: Glassell Park North- York and Beyond

—  In 2012 I had the goal to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I was 10 walks shy of meeting my goal, but thats means I get to enjoy the Secret Stair walks in 2013! These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

I love these secret stair walks. Just love them. This walk led me to Glassell Park North. This walk I actually met a young hipster couple also climbing the secret stairs at the same time! They were doing the loop in reverse, so we crossed paths twice. They warned me of large dogs up ahead “You’ll know it when you see it” and they were VERY right. I spent the walk wondering when I would stumble on them. Sure enough it was a narrow stretch of walkway between two houses and I saw the three dogs. One of them looked like the size of a pony. Thankfully they didn’t jump the fence and instead barked loudly at me as I ran (very fast) by.



You know how I love finding unique trash treasures along the way.


I did this walk on a free weekend with a mix of clouds and sun in the sky. So the photos really range in contrast.



(Above) Winner for most artistic mailbox on this walk!


Other than that couple (and scary dogs) it was a very quiet walk. Not many neighborhood sounds which made the walk very contemplative.


(Above) Rooster in jail.


Plenty of beautiful views from the hilltops.


Above is a driveway that leads off the cliff. This made me laugh when I stumbled upon it. It’s like the house just vanished and left the driveway.


I don’t quite understand why hanging knitted blankets outside is a good idea… but I’m no green thumb.


Steep rickety steps lead me up the next hillside. It looks like one of those old wooden roller coasters where you have to take your life into your own hands.



I really love the orange retaining wall overflowing with greenery.


Don’t be fooled! These steps are not public stairs and also seem to cut short in the middle of the hill.


Watchful guardians.

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