— 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! —
A couple weeks ago I ventured out on Secret Stair walk #17: Fellowship Park, up in Echo Park’s hills. I really enjoyed this walk, as it really felt like I stumbled on a hidden gem in Los Angeles.
Echo Park feels so quiet up in the hills, it’s easy to forget how close to downtown it is. But occasionally you’ll reach a hilltop and catch a glimpse (like above) of city life.
This was a fun diagonal set of stairs connecting two residential streets.
Hills and hills and hills…
Such a beautiful day for a secret stair climb. The flowers are blooming and spring is coming!
The above photo shows you my favorite part of this walk. That staircase to the right of the garage seems like it’s private and leading to someones residence, but really it’s a little hidden pathway. Like the wardrobe that leads to Narnia, these steps lead to Fellowship Park.
This seemingly private staircase changes from rough steps to a well manicured pathway, with it’s own babling brooks following alongside.
This land was formally a religious compound but now is shared land with several little homes along it’s path. There are also several gates you have to pass through, making it feel like you’re trespassing but it’s technically public land. Isn’t the cute house perched on this land adorable? The hammock is right along the path and allows for excellent views of downtown.
The path topography keeps changing! See the mailboxes? There are signs of life along this secret path.
I liked this area so much that mid-walk I had to give it a thumbs up! Notice the path change again. On to dirt!
Eventually, the path ends at a gate leading to a main road. The signs say “no trespassing” but that must have been put up by neighbors hoping to hide their LA gem. And I was back on the road hunting for more secret stairs.
You know how I love doors, and here are some gates! I just love the texture and colors (which were more vibrant in person).
And that concludes another Echo Park Secret Stair weekend expedition.