My friends and I joined about 100 stariwalking fans for Charles Fleming’s April walk. Charles Fleming is author of “Secret Stairs-a Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles” and he leads a stairwalk the first Sunday of every month. He did a variation of stairwalk #6, Hermon, and took us to Peanut Lake.
Hermon is a small community bordered by the 110 freeway in Los Angeles and South Pasadena. It was established in 1903 by the Free Methodists church group who bought the land to establish a school. Today this community has a population of 3500 and has a small town feel.
Charles only found out about Peanut Lake a couple of months ago and I’ve never heard of Peanut Lake until Charles mentioned it as his April stairwalk. This walk was actually a lot different than the stairwalk in his book. Unlike the one in the book, we didn’t pass through downtown Hermon but instead took some stairs that led us to a path and a fire road leading up to the top of the mountain. There are no signs indicating which way to Peanut Lake or that there is even a lake. From here you can take in a great view of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains. My friend Lili kept saying how she felt like she was in another country. It really has a mountainous feel and look to it. I don’t know how the lake came to be and neither did Charles. In fact, most of the people in the group never heard of Peanut Lake. Charles said to the group that he enjoys introducing people to new places. I am so glad for these stairwalks because I get to see and explore places I never knew about.
As I was walking I could see a lot of other trails going who knows where. I will return here one day with friends and hike some of the other trails. Of course I will take the road leading to Peanut Lake.
For more information about Peanut lake and how to get there go to Charles Flemings article in the Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/19/health/la-he-la-walks-debs-park-20130119