This is Swan’s Way in Silver Lake, stair walk #25, from the book, “Secret Stairs,” by Charles Fleming. Charles Fleming suggests starting the walk with a cafe latte from LAMILL coffee. This is a very popular restaurant with a large variety of coffees and teas. I had some delicious coffee here after my last walk in Silver Lake, stair walk #24. I was anxious to start my walk and there was a long line so I skipped the cafe latte this time.
This is a short walk but has a lot of stairs with some of the longest, steepest staircases in the city. You don’t have to walk far to get a good workout. There are also great views of the Silver Lake Reservoir with the snow capped mountains in the background. This area has a lot of different architectural styles ranging from Spanish, southwestern, Moorish, to art deco and contemporary. As I was thinking about all the different architectural styles I ran into a couple who were referring to their books on their walk. I asked them if they were doing the Secret Stairs and they replied no, they know of the Secret Stairs book and are planning on buying the book but were looking at architectural books and walking to see the different styles of architecture. They were visiting from London and love to take walks to get away from the riff raff. They come here to visit every year and are staying for two weeks. I’ve been to London and they have different walking tours- ghost walks, the Beatles, Princess Diana, Jack the Ripper, etc… It was good to hear that these Londoners recognize that Los Angeles has some nice walks to offer and interesting architectural styles. People don’t normally think of Los Angeles as place to walk, but there really are a lot of areas worth exploring.