Secret Stair Walk#5: Mt. Washington

— My goal was to finish all the walks in the book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I only had about 10 walks left when I pushed it to the back burner. One of my 2014 resolutions is to finally share those last walks with you. —

Sadly, Im no longer in the funemployment game, so my Secret Stair walking days are now reserved for weekends only. Thankfully I have a handful that I still need to tell you about. This next walk is Secret Stair Walk #5: Mt. Washington.

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The walk begins by the busy intersection of Figueroa and Avenue 45. It starts with congestion but then quickly becomes a quiet neighborhood trek.

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I love finding little neighborhood details.

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After a steep hill, comes steep staircases. Thankfully, what goes up must come down.

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This walk was “pre-rain” so the sky still has a cloudy (cough* smoggy) haze to it.

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This old ranch had some fun colorful lighting to jazz it up.

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It’s rare you see tile work like this along the driveway.

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Reaching the top of the hill, I could barely see the faint outline of the downtown skyline. Grrr smog.

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This residential neighborhood opens up at the top of the hill to be a quiet valley without many signs of life.

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After the short dusty loop, it becomes a plush neighborhood again. In fact, it leads right to the Self-Relization Center on Mt. Washington which has super pretty gardens open to the public. It’s so relaxing there.

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They keep the gardens so well manicured.

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This is some tile fun on a bridge just past the meditation center.

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I passed a few local schools up on Mt. Washington. I imagine the neighbors walking their children here. It must feel so far from LA, because it’s all so peaceful up on the hilltop.

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Thankfully, I was not attacked by a dog here.

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Stairs, stairs, stairs…

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The faux broken turtle trying to climb the stairs…

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I love doors and gate doors are no exception.

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Back down to the hustle and bustle of Figueroa.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a busy weekend full of Secret Stair walks!

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