My friend and I joined Dan Koeppel and about forty other stair walkers for the “beginner stairs” walk. Dan leads walks and is organizer of the “Big Parade,” a walk that encompasses 35 miles and 101 stairways over a period of two days, which takes place in May. He did three stairwalks in Echo Park, stair walks #15, 16, and 17 from the book “Secret Stairs” by Charles Fleming.
The three walks began at 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 12:00 PM. This is good for any- level walker and the purpose was to introduce
newcomers to stair walks and also to work up to the Big Parade. You could either do all three walks, or as many as you like, since each walk starts and ends at Fix, a coffee house/restaurant.
On the first walk, stairwalk #16, Allesandro Loop, I noticed a lot of barking dogs. Charles Flemings says in his book that El Sereno Circle, stairwalk # 9, has more barking dogs than you can shake a stick at. I haven’t done that walk but I’d say this walk has more barking dogs than you can shake a stick at. One long-haired little dog followed the group, walking alongside us and barking. He followed us up the stairs and finally went back home. I thought he’d never leave.
The second walk was stairwalk #17, Fellowship Park. This is one of my all-time favorite walks. I love the winding stairs and the green woodsy area. From the stairs you can walk out to an unpaved area and onto a dirt path that winds through the woodlands which has a variety of trees– pine, oak, elm, palm and walnut.
This area is known as Fellowship Park and the stairs and dirt path are actually public roads. Dave Ptach, organizer of Los Angeles Stair Street Advocates, lives in a house located on the stairs.
This is a true walk-street, and Dave, as well as the other residents that live on these stairs, park their cars at the bottom of the stairs in some garages located on Cerro Gordo and walk to their homes.
This minor inconvenience doesn’t bother Dave, who has lived in his 100 year old house for more than twenty years.
He tells me he will never move. I don’t blame him.
I was not able to do the third walk, stairwalk #15, Avalon-Baxter Loop, due to a previous engagement. I have done all three walks before and if you’d like to read more about the walks, you can read them on my blog. They are posted by the name and number that Charles uses in his book.