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Secret Stairs of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Secret Stairs of Los Angeles
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Dave R wrote a review Jan 2018
Clayotn, OH132 contributions17 helpful votes
The walk is in a neighborhood and people should respect the homeowners property and try to keep noise down. The walk takes you up and down over 800 steps. The views of the Hollywood sign and Downtown LA are amazing. The architecture of the homes in the area make the hike worth it in itself.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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ElleLaJolla wrote a review Feb 2017
La Jolla, California4347 contributions186 helpful votes
Years ago I read about the Secret Stairs of Los Angeles, and was determined to do them at some point. This week we were staying for a couple of nights in Hollywood and thought it would be the perfect time to do them. It also helped that the weather was cool and sunny with one of those exceptionally clear California days after the rain. When you Google "Secret Stairs" there are a number of reviews as well as directions. With a print-out of the directions, we did the stairs in the Beachwood community, the Silver Lake community, and the Pacific Palisades community (next to the Getty Villa). Don't rely too much on the print-outs because the directions are not very well written and pretty confusing. The Beachwood and Palisades have steep hills with gorgeous mansions and castles lining to streets. The gardens are beautiful and the views from the stairs are amazing. From the articles that I read, the stairs that wind through these neighborhoods replaced venicular lifts placed there by developers who were enticing people to buy houses high up on the hill. In some areas they did not even build any roads, and people depended on the veniculars. The stairs range from 75 steps to about 190 steps, and are a great cardio workout. Most of them are well-maintained, although some of them are stairs to nowhere as landslides have taken their toll. Some of the Silver Lake stairs have historical designation because one set of stairs was used in the Laurel and Hardy movies. There is a plaque commemorating the Music Box. If you want to do something that does not involve eating, shopping, or museum hopping, the Secret Stairs are a great way to spend a couple of hours.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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ChantalTee wrote a review May 2015
Melbourne, Australia229 contributions96 helpful votes
I don't really know just how secret they are, but when we walked to the Secret Stairs we didn't see one other person! It was fantastic. After watching a video about this place on YouTube, I got the name of one of the street signs 'Los Altos Place'. If you search for this on Google Maps and zoom in, you'll see all the grey coloured pathways that wind up and around this little area. We headed here early in the morning during our stay in Hollywood, and was very excited to learn that it's a very short stroll from the walk of fame. At first it seems as though you are walking up some stairs leading to someone's house, and I was wondering if someone would tell us off for trespassing, but as it seems, these stairs are completely open to the public, but be aware that his is a residential zone and to keep this place accessible it's important to respect the privacy of residents and keep the noise level to reason. The stairs wind up an alleyway between lots of beautiful old homes that are adorned with their own unique features. There is so much character and colour in this area that you can't help but take a few happy snaps along the way. Once you reach the top, near the elevator tower, you will see a beautiful sprawling view across LA. The houses are really built into the hills and you have to wonder how they got planning permits for this place, considering California is known for being on a plate line. However, the residents have done a wonderful job at keeping this place quite charming and sincere with their little vegetable gardens and ornate bougainvillaea creepers spilling over picket fences and adorning wrought iron balconies. There are spots that have decorate street lights and there are lots of quick glimpses into cosy courtyards and even the occasional rooftop garden with bohemian decorations and colour. It's a really beautiful little walk, and something that you will definitely remember. There's nowhere to stop and take a rest, but it's not a particularly strenuous walk if you take your time. It's very hilly and there's not really any flat walkways, but the winding pathways will distract you from all that as you excitedly walk from one bend to the next eagerly waiting to see the next garden or house that awaits. A must do while you're in Hollywood.
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Date of experience: April 2015
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