Secret Stairs and Hidden Pathways Hike (6.4mi)
Echo Park Lake (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Corner+of+Glendale+Blvd+%26amp%3B+Park+Ave%2C+Los+Angeles%2C+CA) 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 (http://g.co/maps/wz3j8) (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.