Join us for an interesting piece of Los Angeles history while walking and talking with friends!
I just did this hike yesterday with fellow TOaks hiker, Tina, as a member of the Santa Monica Hiking Group. Thanks to Todd, their organizer, we can put it on our schedule. I hope to re-create it exactly as we did it so you can have this wonderful experience.
Distance: 6.4 mile loop hike
Elevation gain: stair climbing and hill climbing for some gain. Don't be fooled by the title "urban hike" as this is actually a great workout. Since this is an urban hike you can do as much or as little of the hike as you want.
Dogs are allowed on this hike as long as they are leashed.
Excerpt from internet article on "urban hiking" by Linda Brinson
"Writer and adventurer Dan Koeppel started something when he decided to climb some of the urban staircases in Los Angeles instead of driving miles out of town for a hike. His article in the June 2004 Backpacker magazine, "I Climbed Los Angeles," helped popularize urban hiking. The staircases are there because the old neighborhoods in L.A. were built on hillsides, and developers built sidewalks with steps so people could get to the houses they built."
We'll see the Angelus Temple (Aimee Semple McPherson) while waiting for the group to gather. Victorian mansions, exotic plants and flowers, hidden stairs, Silver Lake, Elysian Park, and the Alcove Bakery all in one day. Can't ask for more.
Directions: Use google maps or mapquest to get the northwest corner of Echo Park-corner of Glendale Blvd. and Park Ave.
Parking: Park anywhere you can find a spot on the many streets in the area. Allow yourself extra time to find a parking place. Since Echo Park is currently in restoration parking is more ample than usual. You may want to use public transportation.
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I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: Outdoor sports and other events we plan are inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Thousand Oaks Hikers Group and it's organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any The TOaks Hikers Group events, you are releasing the TOaks Hikers Group and it's organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgement and experience.
Responsibility: I am not responsible for you. You are responsible for you. You should be self-sufficient and be able to find your way to safety in the event you find yourself on your own. I will not lead you back to the trailhead if you decide to turn back.
Disclaimer: The organizer, assistant organizers, and event hosts take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during this hiking event. Hiking can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen. By participating in this hike posted on this meetup web page you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.