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.

Secret Stair Walk #19: Silver Lake Circles

It’s time to share another secret stair walk! This is one of my favorite neighborhoods, Silver Lake. In case you didn’t know…

—  In 2012 I have to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

One of my favorite things around Silver Lake is the graffiti/murals. I love the guy in the green shorts on the left side of the painting. He seems… a little out of place. And yet in Silver Lake, nothing is out of the ordinary.

Graffiti-sticker fun. I love the texture above.

Oh, Silver Lake.

So much graffiti. A photographers paradise.

As all my stair walks take me high into the hills, this was no exception.

I love the lime greens, corals, and blue-purples of the photo above. And the mix of textures and some sunlight, and you have yourself a delightful afternoon.

Higher, lower, higher, lower.

Los Angeles’ shortest public staircase. It deserved to be photographed.

“United We Stand” and Dorothy’s slippers.

This home used to be owned by Lily Tomlin is called Elevado de Castillo.

Just around the corner I found this golden shoe resting on a homes front stairway. I think I found my next pair of running shoes.

Adorable. If anyone finds Gigi, let me know!

This last photo is for my friend and past co-worker Bob. He told me to check out the public space Bloom provided by Materials & Applications, and it’s an experience. Bring a book, grab a coffee at LaMill, and come sit in this little oasis.

Secret Stair Walk#20: Sunset Junction Loop

It seems like I’ve been talking a lot about the Secret Stair Walks with friends lately, so I figure it’s about time I share another walk with you. This is Secret Stair Walk #20: Sunset Junction Loop.

—  In 2012 I have to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

Oh, Sunset Blvd. You are a fun fun street.

The street art along Sunset is truly original. I love looking for these small creative details. Who takes the time to make this art? Who does it for creativity/humanity (because LA certainly didn’t commission these artists)?

The colors and texture of Sunset (above). When you do this walk, be sure to park far away, so you can add a Sunset walk to the loop.

Mascots of Silver Lake.

This neighborhood has excellent brunch spots/cafes to visit, so plan the walk around a meal.

A fresh bloom.

Like all of these walks, after a stint on a busy road the stairs take you to a quiet landing overlooking Los Angeles. The hustle+bustle becomes so tranquil.

Even high up in the hills, there is still creativity to observe.

The above photo was taken on a landing many flights of stairs above the road. This is the path these 5-10 home owners have to walk every time they arrive/leave in order to reach their cars. You wouldn’t want to lug groceries up here.

Then I came across the freakiest “free” sale. Yes, you are seeing a bong and 5 identical doll heads. So weird, but an awesome find for a Secret Stair Walk.

I heart doors. The bright color is so daring for this traditional colonial. It’s a great contrast compared to the bright white trim and green of the nature surrounding it.

Doors <3.

Then I came across a teepee. This is the second one I’ve seen in Silver Lake.


Color, color, color!

This last photo was taken on the car ride home from the walk (and not actually on the walk). I just had to share this large mural. This is located across from the Lyric Cafe. Keep an eye out for it!

A Sunday Teaser

Since I was so lacking this past week, I’m going to give you a little Sunday teaser of things to come this week. Did you all get out and enjoy the 80 degree gorgeousness that was Saturday? You can bet I got some Secret Stair Walks in! Where did I walk? You’ll have to check back this week for posts. Here are two hints:

I didn’t end up getting to go to the Pancake and Booze Art event, but I already went last year and decided to try something new. I celebrated a friends birthday at a new bar in NoHo.. can you guess it? Well check back this week to find out where I went. Here’s a hint:

Today I have a busy Sunday, despite the rain. I’ve decided to push my visit to the Japanese American Museum and the Eagle Rock Brewery tour to a different weekend (although you should check both of those places out), I’ve decided to go see my friends performance in the LA Gay Men’s Choir. I’ve seen them rehearse their Christmas show and they were amazing. I’m excited for this and will come back with a full report.

I’ve also started reading a new book in my free time, Michael Gross’s Unreal Estate. When I tell people I’m reading a real estate book, they think I’m memorizing MLS numbers. Not so much. This book is all about the underbelly and real history of some of the most exclusive properties in the world. I’m 30 pages in (it’s dense reading, so it’s slow reading for moi) and I love it.