Walking Los Angeles - Third Edition  by Erin Mahoney Harris and Zach Behrens

Walking Los Angeles - Third Edition Guide Book

by Erin Mahoney Harris and Zach Behrens (Wilderness Press)
Walking Los Angeles - Third Edition  by Erin Mahoney Harris and Zach Behrens
Discover LA's hidden streets, architectural masterpieces, Hollywood romance, lost canyons, and diverse culture. In this expanded and updated edition of this award-winning guide, LA insiders Erin Mahoney Harris and Zach Behrens guide you through 38 unique walking tours. On each urban trek, you'll soak up the LA vibe, from quirky art to world-class museums to of-the-moment shops and restaurants. Whether you're looking for a 2-hour stroll or a full day's experience, put shoe to sidewalk and WALK LOS ANGELES!

© 2017 Erin Mahoney Harris and Zach Behrens/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Walking Los Angeles - Third Edition" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 38.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 38.

Free street parking is available on Glenfeliz Blvd. Sandwiched between Los Feliz and Glendale, Atwater Village offers charming residential neighborhoods as well as a burgeoning dining and shopping scene. The neighborhood has long been home to low-key watering holes like the Roost and Bigfoot Lodge, which attract hipsters from nearby Hollywood, Silver Lake, and Los Feliz. Begin at the corner of Glenfeliz Boulevard and Los Feliz Boulevard, and head south on Glenfeliz, passing an elementary school on your left as you head away from busy Los Feliz Boulevard into a relatively quiet residential neighborhood filled with homes topped with Spanish roofs.
Glendale, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2 miles
Metered parking is available on La Cienega Blvd. and Gregory Way. This walk explores the neighborhoods of Carthay Circle and South Carthay in Los Angeles’ bustling Miracle Mile district, just southeast of Beverly Hills. Although they are right next to each other, these two neighborhoods—whose houses and apartment buildings have distinct architectural integrity and cohesiveness—have been designated as separate Historic Preservation Overlay Zones by the city of Los Angeles. Begin at La Cienega Park, on the east side of La Cienega Boulevard at the corner of Gregory Way. Head east on Gregory along the northern border of the park.
Miracle Mile, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2 miles
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Free street parking is available on Castellammare Dr. This whimsically named neighborhood in the Pacific Palisades lies just east of the Pacific Coast Highway and just south of Sunset Blvd-talk about exclusive real estate! Castellammare’s lucky residents enjoy the soothing breezes and sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean from their vantage point high in the hills. Begin on Castellammare Drive, just southeast of Stretto Way, and walk northwest on Castellammare, past Stretto. Stop to admire the gorgeous Spanish-style home with colorful tile work. This stunner is the former abode of John Barrymore.
Pacific Palisades, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.25 miles
Metered parking is available on Washington Blvd. Culver City flew under the radar for a long time, playing the role of a fairly quiet residential suburb with a perfectly serviceable downtown district and a handful of decent restaurants. This walk takes in Culver City’s hippest corridors, as well as one of the city’s finest parks, which offers breathtaking views of the LA Basin on a clear day. Start on Helms Avenue north of Washington Boulevard. This section of the street has been turned into a pedestrian-only plaza as part of the revitalization of the Helms Bakery District.
Culver City, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5 miles
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Free street parking is available on Jefferson Blvd. Constructed in 2006, the stairs leading up to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook are so mammoth that they can reportedly be seen from space. They also represent an epic opportunity to get outdoors and work up a sweat right in the middle of our big sprawling, concrete-bound metropolis; plus, they’re totally free and accessible to everyone. Begin at the intersection of Hetzler Road and Jefferson Boulevard. Look for the big sign reading TRAILHEAD, and follow the dirt path up the hill until you reach the base of the stairs.
Culver City, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 3.5 miles
Metered parking, though competitive (even on weekdays), is available throughout the area. Like much of Los Angeles, the Arts District has undergone many changes over the last century and a half. And it continues to evolve to this day. Set alongside the LA River, the area had its modern roots in agriculture, first with wine grapes in the mid-19th century, then with citrus. A network of railroads was built to serve that industry, but as Los Angeles grew, the existing transportation infrastructure was ripe for the manufacturing era, giving rise to industrial buildings throughout the busy working-class district.
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.75 miles
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Like every building downtown, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, where this route begins, requires that you pay for parking. Your best bet is to do this walk on a weekend or on a weekday after 4 p.m., when you can park for a fairly reasonable flat fee. The Civic Center, as the area of downtown just south of US 101 and just east of CA 110 is called, has been subject to a flurry of development over the past few years as part of a revitalization effort, and the overhaul is far from over. Parking structures have been leveled to make way for more commercial, residential, retail, and hotel space. Presently, the effect of all this expansion is occasionally successful, as in the case of the majestic Walt Disney Concert Hall. Begin at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, at 555 W. Temple Street.
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2 miles
Metered parking is available on Grand Ave., north of Hope Place. At first glance, downtown Los Angeles’ financial district—with its anonymous mirrored-glass skyscrapers that could be from just about any modern metropolis—lacks personality. But take some time to explore what’s hidden among all those tall buildings, and you’ll discover several of downtown’s treasures, such as the innovative architecture of the Central Library, the extravagant interior of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Begin on Grand Avenue between Hope Place and Fifth Street and head southwest, toward Fifth Street.
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5 miles
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Free street parking is available on Silver Lake Blvd. Silver Lake is a popular destination for Los Angeles’ gay, artist, and musician communities, as well as for culturally diverse young families who have found that the neighborhood’s picturesque hills and lively community spirit make it a desirable alternative to more cost-prohibitive areas like the West Side or the Hollywood Hills. This route starts in one of the neighborhood’s destinations for daytime shopping and nighttime music, and then climbs into the hills overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir, where you’ll discover rustic, overgrown walkways and homes that seem so far removed from LA’s urban sprawl, you’ll hardly believe you’re only a few minutes from downtown.
Silver Lake, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2 miles
Free street parking is available on Clinton St. Please pay attention to posted signs. Immediately northwest of downtown LA, this hilly region features some gorgeous homes, many with excellent views, and is convenient to many of the modish shopping/dining destinations that have popped up in the area, particularly along Sunset and Silver Lake boulevards. Echo Park itself is also a draw—its picturesque lake is a convenient community gathering place and a distinctive focal point of the region. Begin at the intersection of Clinton Street and Belmont Avenue, where Clinton Street ends east of Alvarado Street. Turn right to head south on Belmont. You’ll pass a stairway at the end of Clinton, which leads down toward Echo Park Lake.
Echo Park, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2 miles
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There are paid parking lots on Alameda and Los Angeles Streets. There is also limited metered parking on Alameda. This walk is about as diverse as it gets, exploring both El Pueblo de Los Angeles, home to the area’s first settlers, and Chinatown, which is a thriving hub for the city’s Chinese American community and a standard tourist attraction. Both neighborhoods now serve as enduring tributes to the history of the settlers and immigrants who have contributed to the development of the greater Los Angeles multicultural society. Your journey begins at one of the city’s most recognizable Art Deco landmarks and its central hub for public transit, Union Station.
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2 miles
Free street parking is available on Baxter St. Founded in 1886, Elysian Park is Los Angeles’ second largest urban oasis (after Griffith Park). Its 600 acres are planted with native chaparral as well as eucalyptus and ficus trees. The park, which is home to Dodger Stadium, also features hiking trails, picnic areas, and playing fields for the nature-craving residents of central and eastern Los Angeles. Begin at the intersection of Valentine Street and Baxter Street (east of Echo Park Avenue), and head east toward the hill. An elementary school is on your right.
Echo Park, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 0.75 mile
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Free street parking is available on the north side of Franklin Ave., east of the Shakespeare Bridge. Nestled between Los Feliz and Silver Lake, Franklin Hills is another of central Los Angeles’ endearing hilly neighborhoods. This residential area was developed in the 1920s as a quiet community centrally located in the midst of the sprawling metro area, and today it retains an old-fashioned, neighborly quality that many of LA’s newer developments lack. Begin just east of the Shakespeare Bridge on Franklin Avenue. Built in 1926, this distinctive white structure bridged the way, so to speak, for the charming neighborhood of Franklin Hills.
Los Feliz, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 0.75 mile
Free parking is available at Marsh Park. Frogtown is the unofficial name of the formerly scrappy, currently up-and-coming neighborhood sandwiched between the Los Angeles River and I-5 north of CA 110. Officially known as Elysian Valley, this area used to be part of the greater Chavez Ravine community before the construction of Dodger Stadium in 1962. Begin in the parking lot for Marsh Park, a beautifully (and drought consciously) designed community park that was expanded in recent years to include a grassy play meadow, a nature trail, and kinetic exercise stations.
Echo Park, CA - Road Biking,Walking - Trail Length: 1.25 miles
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Free parking is available in the Brand Park lot. Located between Burbank and Pasadena, the city of Glendale bridges the gap between the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. This walk explores two of Glendale’s more charming attractions, Brand Park and Kenneth Village. Begin in Brand Park, at the intersection of Mountain Street and Grandview Avenue, where you can spend some time exploring the park and the Brand Library & Art Center. The lovely structure combines elements of Spanish, Moorish, and Indian architecture.
Glendale, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5 miles
This large neighborhood of about 60,000 people on LA’s northeast side has a long history. Located along a seasonal stream called the Arroyo Seco (“Dry River”), in a valley hugged by spring-fed rolling hills, Highland Park has always attracted residents, from its earliest native settlers, the Chumash, to later ones, who started America’s Arts and Crafts movement here. The neighborhood is served by three rail stations, along with infrastructure that helped push the city’s car-culture stereotype. CA 110, also known as the Arroyo Seco Parkway, was the first highway for automobiles in the country. Despite that, there are plenty of places that two feet will take you—as this walk will.
Highland Park, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2.5 miles
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Street parking is available on Camrose Dr. (pay attention to posted signs), and there’s also a parking lot for visitors to the Hollywood Heritage Museum, just north of Milner on Highland Ave. Please be aware that parking anywhere in this vicinity on summer evenings can be dicey because of Hollywood Bowl parking restrictions. Tucked between the Hollywood Bowl and Camrose Drive in the Hollywood Hills sits the cozy and unusual High Tower neighborhood, which feels like an exciting peek into old Hollywood. The homes along Alta Loma Terrace, the pedestrian pathway at the top of the hill, are accessible either by stairs or by the Bolognese-style “high tower” elevator at the northern end of High Tower Drive.
Hollywood, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 3 miles
Metered street parking is available on Western Ave. The area known as Koreatown or Wilshire Center truly has it all—historical buildings, a plethora of dining and shopping options, a giant spa and sports club, and a sizzling night scene. The neighborhood even features two convenient Metro stations, making it easy to get here and spend both day and night without worrying about parking fees (or designating a driver, should that become an issue). Begin at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard (south side of the street) and Western Avenue, in front of the Wiltern Theatre (the Wilshire/Western Metro station is located directly across the street).
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5 miles
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Free street parking is available on Larchmont Blvd., south of First St.; metered parking is available on Larchmont north of First St. The Hancock Park/Windsor Square region lies just south of Hollywood and is considered one of the nicest areas in central Los Angeles. It encompasses posh Wilshire Country Club, as well as Larchmont Village, a collection of small, independently owned shops and restaurants (as well as a few commercial chain establishments) that is constantly teeming with residents and their canine companions. This route begins in the Village and heads south to explore the ostentatious homes of Windsor Square, a wealthy neighborhood that the city of Los Angeles declared a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) in 2005.
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 2 miles
Metered street parking is available on First St. Located in downtown Los Angeles, just south of the 101 Freeway and next door to the Arts District, is Little Tokyo, a neighborhood that simultaneously projects multicultural urban cool while retaining its ties to Japanese American history. There’s plenty to draw locals and tourists alike to this region, such as authentic Japanese eateries too numerous to count, spas offering affordable Shiatsu treatments, and more. Begin at the intersection of Central Avenue and First Street, where Central Avenue ends and transforms into an open pedestrian plaza
Los Angeles, CA - Walking - Trail Length: 0.75 mile
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