"Secret Stairs-A walking guide to the historic staircases of Los Angeles" is by Charles Fleming. "This book is designed to celebrate urban hiking by exposing the semi-secret network of public staircases that lace the hillsides of certain Los Angeles neighborhoods. The staircases themselves are historical reminders of a time when Los Angeles was not a city of cars. City planners and developers installed them as direct routes for pedestrians to get down the hills to school, the supermarket and transit lines."
"Each of the walks in the book, with one or two exceptions, begins and ends at an easily located cafe or restaurant that provides food, drink and other comforts. Each is served by public transport and is measured for distance and difficulty. One is a gentle stroll and five is a serious hike. Information is also included as to the approximate amount of time required and the number of staircase steps involved. There are 42 walks in the whole book.
The one I am writing about is Walk #2, which is in Eagle Rock, CA. The duration is about 90 minutes and a distance of 3.8 miles with 328 steps. The difficulty is 3. The walk starts near the corner of Colorado Blvd and Townsend and heads east on Colorado. This is the same Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, where the Rose Parade is held on New Year's Day.