Secret Stair Walk #12: Echo Park Lake Victorians

—  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!  —

Finally it’s time to share a Secret Stair walk that I’ve been waiting a long time to do: walk #13 Echo Park Lake Victorians. Echo Park Lake has been through a lengthy renovation and in June it finally reopened all clean, shiny and new. It was the perfect time to complete that walk from my book.


Ooh a fancy head. I can’t remember who this was… but now you should come check it out for yourself.


When they cleaned out the lake they kept this flowers which are symbolic to the history of the lake. On we walk…


Stair time! I’ll admit, there aren’t a whole lot of stairs in this walk, but it was hilly and that should count for something.


We did pass some homeless people packing up and starting their day, and I would recommend only doing this walk during daylight hours. The trash residue tells you what happens here at night.


But the view from the walk way if awesome.


We looped back down by the lake.


It’s so clean and pretty now!


See, we climbed some stairs.


These stairs lead us into the Victorian neighborhood which is nestled in Echo Park in the shadow of downtown.


There was a cute dog running around proudly in front of one of the Victorians.


This section of LA is often seen in movies and tv. For example, these tourists are taking their picture in front of the old Charmed house on Carroll Ave. Also on this street is the house recently seen on Mad Men (Don Drapers childhood home). It’s a beautiful block and I highly recommend exploring this area.

Happy Secret Stair Walking!


2 thoughts on “Secret Stair Walk #12: Echo Park Lake Victorians

  1. You may (or may not) have mentioned this in earlier posts, but I’m curious – what kind of camera do you use? I love the quality of the photos.

    • I use a Canon G12. It’s nothing super fancy which means it’s small, lightweight and easy to take along on a walk or hike. It’s not as cumbersome as a big fancy camera and because it’s not crazy expensive (as we all know cameras can be) I’m not too worried to bring it along.

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