Anyone who knows me has heard me prattle on about my love for Charles Fleming’s book Secret Stairs of Los Angeles. Well as if that weren’t enough, here I am going on again in blog form. Well, I don’t give a damn. This book is the best! For me, it’s opened up new perspectives on the LA landscape, inspired me to explore more neighborhoods on foot and expanded my fruit foraging repertoire. So if you don’t have the book, go get a copy! And if you do, I’ll see you out steppin.
This walk starts at Allesandro Elementary school near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Fletcher, taking you up and along Corralitas Red Car Trail (“Silver Lake Court” in the book) a wide dirt road where the old Pacific Electric Red Car trolley line used to run. Check out this blog for more information on the history of the Corralitas Red Car Property: https://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2007/01/development-history.html
Best explore this area now while you can. The site is currently being developed with uber-modern upscale single family homes. Here is an Eastsider LA article from late last year about what is being branded as the “Periscope” properties. Whether or not the entirety of the former Red Car line trail will remain open to the public has yet to be determined.
Lovely views abound once you start to ascend into the Silver Lake hills above the “trail.” This walk also takes you past the Holyland Exhibition, a small museum which houses a collection of artifacts once belonging to religious explorer and seeker of the Ark of the Covenant, Antonia Futterer. I am definitely planning to do this walk again to coincide with a visit. Here is KCET feature on the museum and their unique collections: https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/holyland-exhibition-a-reflection-of-a-middle-eastern-dream
I highly recommend enjoying a beverage or snack at Spoke Bicycle Cafe after your stair walk. It’s along the LA River Path – a quick bike ride or drive from your starting point. OR if you’re feeling naughty you can get a coca-cola slushy at the Arco on the corner!