Saturday, November 30, 2013

Secret Stairs Walk #3-Glassell Park North-York and beyond

This "Secret Stairs" walk takes place off of Eagle Rock Blvd.  The author suggests stopping at Auntie Em's Kitchen on 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.  The start of the walk is on Avenue 40, which is about 6 blocks away from the restaurant.

Wall art that was seen while we were walking along Eagle Rock Blvd.

Avenue 40 dead ends into Scandia Way, where you find the first stairway.

This is a rare wooden staircase and is not in the best of repair, but is a throwback to when all of the city's public walks were built from wood.  Once you get up the 25 stairs, then there is a steep paved walkway that ends with another 10 steps.  The author describes this part of the walk as "dull."  There are things to see, but nothing exciting.  The following pictures are what we saw:

The second staircase is of relatively recent construction and is a giant staircase of 132 steps.  It is a zigzag design with a double-L base and sold handrail all the way to the top.  There is wall art and places to stop on the way up, that afford views of the valley and the San Gabriel Mountains.

There is more walking in a residential area and another staircase.  This one is similar to the first one, in that it is a wooden staircase and has 17 steps and then a long sloping walkway with 2 dogs that were barking at us on the way down. There are 47 wooden steps at the end.

After these stairs it is time to head for the car and drive home.  It has been a good walk!

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