Secret Stair Walk #14: Magic Gas

—  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!  —


This walk begins by one of my favorite Echo Park spots, Chango Coffee. That strip of shops are very independent, local, hipstery spots. It’s adorable and a fun location that also feels like a set from Portlandia. The name of the walk, “Magic Gas”, comes from the gas station on the corner of Echo Park Ave and Morton Ave.


The stickers and graffiti in this neighborhood are a lot of fun. It makes me feel like I should be slapping Life Absorbed stickers on all the posts.


Door and texture fun.


Up, up up!



I feel like such an old person, as I have no clue what the above square barcode thing is called, nor do I know how to use it. Frankly, I’m okay being left in the dark on this.


I think I’m being watched.


Sculpture graveyard? Or sculpture maternity ward?


Knock at your own risk.



Sometimes public roads start to look like driveways…


… and then become steep dirt paths.


I love the Echo Park hills and the views that accompany them.


Graffiti fun by the recycling center.


Another great day of getting out there, getting exercise + vitamin D, getting to know the neighborhood, and getting to do it for the big price of zero dollars. Sometimes frugal activities can be awesome.

2 thoughts on “Secret Stair Walk #14: Magic Gas

  1. Thanks so much for posting your photos and comments about the stair walks. I am passing your posts on to a friend who is doing them. I have to live vicariously through your posts…. although I am fine going UP stairs, going DOWN is a whole other matter….

    • Thanks for reading and passing the posts along! The problem with Secret Stair walks is what goes up must come down. I just find these walks are fun way to see the backside of a lot of neighborhoods around Los Angeles and Im happy to share my findings.

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