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Tour the Hidden Staircases of Los Angeles!
walks and detailed maps from throughout the city, Secret
Stairs highlights the charms
and quirks of a unique feature of the Los Angeles landscape, and
chronicles the geographical, architectural, and historical aspects of
the city’s staircases, as well as of the neighborhoods in which
the steps are located.
strolling through the classic La Loma neighborhood in Pasadena to
walking the Sunset Junction Loop in Silver Lake, to taking the
Beachwood Canyon hike through “Hollywoodland” to enjoying
the magnificent ocean views from the Castellammare district in
Pacific Palisades, Secret
Stairs takes you on a tour of
the staircases all across the City of Angels.
circular walks, rated for duration and difficulty, deliver tales of
historic homes and their fascinating inhabitants, bits of unusual
local trivia, and stories of the neighborhoods surrounding the
stairs: That’s where William Faulkner was living when he wrote
the screenplay for To Have and
Have Not. That house was
designed by Neutra. Over there is a Schindler. That’s where
Woody Guthrie lived, where Anais Nin died, and where Thelma Todd was
murdered. . . .
the fact that one of these staircases starred in an Oscar-winning
short film—Laurel and Hardy’s The
Music Box, from 1932—these
civic treasures have been virtually unknown to most of the city’s
residents and visitors. Now, Secret
Stairs puts these hidden
stairways back on the map, while introducing urban hikers to exciting
new “trails” all around the city of Los Angeles.