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4 Secret (and Not So Secret) L.A. Stairs That Are Totally Worth the Climb
from We Like L.A.
Los Angeles was once a city connected by public transportation in the form of trolleys, buses and trains. During this time staircases in L.A were used as modes of crossings and connections for pedestrians across the city. Nowadays, the remaining stairs around the city are used as killer workout alternatives to gyms.
Many L.A. staircases serve as a historical reminder to a time when Los Angeles wasn’t known as a city of cars, congestion and smog. Some are just little nooks that offer a unique viewpoint of our city.
It’s not every little staircase in L.A., but it’s definitely enough to get you started:
- 1. Music Box Steps/ Music Box Loop | ~705 Steps. Located in Silverlake and separated into parts, this set of stairs gets its name from a 1932 Laurel and Hardy film where the guys tried to push a piano up these exact stairs between Vendome St. and Descanso Drive. It’s the only officially designated set of stairs in Silver Lake.
- 2. Baxter Stairways (Echo Park) | ~230 Steps. Known as the steepest staircase in all of Los Angeles, these steps will give you a sweat and getting you huffing and puffing by the time you reach the top but the breathtaking view of downtown will be well worth it. Echo Park also features a few other historic stairways you might want to check out, including the Laveta Terrace Stairway, Clinton Stairway, Curran Stairway, and Avalon Stairway.
- 3. Murphy Ranch Trail | ~513 steps. Located in Rustic Canyon, this trail of stairs will you lead you through the hills to the graffiti worn Murphy Ranch (an abandoned Nazi sympathizer camp!). There are actually three sets of stairs here that create a loop. The longest of the three is the East set, which is about 513 steps in total.
- 4. Santa Monica Stairs | ~170 Steps AND ~189 Steps.This is actually two stair cases that cut into the Santa Monica Canyon from Pacific Palisades. The first is at the intersection of 7th Street leads to Entrada Drive, the second is near the intersection of 4th Street leads to Ocean Avenue. Elevation gain on both sets is around 100 feet. It gets crowded quickly during the day, with folks from a variety of workout levels and sometimes things get a little competitive, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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