Urban Hike Secret Stairs

Secret Stairs and Hidden Pathways Hike (6.4mi)


Ok, so this might be the coolest hike yet. First off, we'll just feel hipper because we're in Silver Lake, but really we've been talking about doing the hidden stairs for months now and in this hike we finally get to hike a piece of Los Angeles legend. In fact it was the hidden stairs in Los Angeles that lead Backpacker magazine to coin the phrase Urban Hiking!

We'll be meeting at the northwest corner of Echo Park (the actual park), near the Jose Marti statue.

From our starting place in the park, we'll take a quick detour to the 1890's to see some amazing Victorian houses on Carroll Ave. Then we'll cut through a corner Elysian Park, up the Avalon stairs, and over to the secret passage way between Echo Park and Silver Lake. Then we'll get to see Silver Lake Resevoir on our way back down Silver Lake Blvd. We'll finally end up back at Echo Park by walking down Sunset Blvd.

Here's the official route in google maps (updated).

This hike is a loop so we'll end up back where we started, and won't need to ride the bus like normal.  That said, parking is usually pretty tight at Echo Park, so we highly recommend you use public transit to go to the hike if possible.

If you have questions about something that's not covered in that article, we're happy to answer them in the comments.

If you didn't notice from the title, this hike has some elevation changes (stairs and hills), and is a little more strenuous than most of our other hikes.  You're welcome to join us for as much or as little of the hike as you want.

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  • Naoko

    Thanks Todd for a great outing! Though it was a bit challenging, the route through Carroll Ave. and the amazing views distracted me from my burning calves! ;) I really enjoyed it!

    March 30, 2013

  • Teresa

    A great urban adventure, with lots of ups and downs. It was fun seeing another part of LA. Good group, good leader. Lots of variety and surprises at every turn.

    March 30, 2013

  • Glennae

    I truly enjoyed this hike today! it is the best way to see the Echo Park area. loved it

    March 30, 2013

  • Jan L.

    Great urban hike with lots of diversity--architecture, color, people, terrain, flowers. Fantastic!

    March 30, 2013

  • Yoon m.

    The stairs were fun! Thank you for leading the unusual urban hiking, Todd!

    March 30, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Hey...this is my neighborhood

    March 13, 2013

    • Sylvia

      But looks like you are not going, or?

      March 29, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      No, I went on Mr. Deeds hike today - Elysian Park

      March 30, 2013

  • Annie

    Fab architecture, great hills, bum-burning stairs, awesome pepes ... Five star hike! Thanks for a really, really great time. :-)

    March 30, 2013

  • Kirsten W.

    Woke up with bad bursitis, very sorry that I couldn't be there!

    March 30, 2013

  • Valentin

    next time ...

    March 30, 2013

  • Bob D

    sorry to miss this

    March 30, 2013

  • heather

    This sound amazing, I love seeing the architecture and sites of city

    March 30, 2013

  • Jel

    Anyone carpooling from Westwood area?

    March 29, 2013

  • Karen

    Where to park, if Echo Park lot is full??(not familiar w/area)Thank you.

    March 28, 2013

    • Todd L.

      The park itself is actually closed for renovation so parking will be easy.

      March 29, 2013

  • wendy

    Hi... Can't go in this one but hope u will coordinate this hike again as it looks very cool!

    March 28, 2013

  • Taryn L.

    Are dogs welcome on this hike?

    March 22, 2013

    • Todd L.

      You can bring your dog but it will have to be on the leash for most of the time.

      March 28, 2013

  • Todd L.

    This hike was in a Los Angeles hiking book back in the 1930's. It will not disappoint.....unless you run out of water granola or sunscreen.

    March 13, 2013

    • Larry T

      This is a cool urban hike. I did it about a year ago. Seems to me there were a dozen or so staircases.

      March 20, 2013

  • Karen

    Hope to make this one!

    March 13, 2013

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