THE SECRET ANGELINOS DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUTThe girls and I took a Secret Stairs walk yesterday, as the weather was nice and relatively cool. As the book says "This is a quirky walk through a quirky part of town-most Angelinos don't even know there is a Hermon-featuring some very secluded staircases and some ancient Los Angles history.
We began this walk near the intersection of Via Marisol and Monterey. We walked north on Monterey. There are a mixture of older homes and apartments along the way.
HERMON"Hermon is a town let dating from 1903, when a group of Methodists built a church school here. (The school became Los Angles Pacific College, then became Pacific Christina Preparatory School, and then closed.)"
We walked along other streets in the area and found our first staircase and some wall/tree art
When we got to the top of the staircase, we walked up to Figueroa, but first taking pictures of some wall art.
Made our way down Figueroa and turned onto S. Avenue 57 and saw more wall art.
Continued walking down S. Avenue 57 that is lined with freestone walls and older homes. On the right hand side of the strew is what is called an "urban oasis"La Tierra de la Culebra Park is an open -to the -public garden operated by the non-profit Arts Community Land Activism organization. The park is built on the ruins of several old homes, features rock walls, terraced rock gardens, tile lined rock pools and some nice shade.
|Staircase with graffiti|
|Snake head rock|
|Squirrel in the park|
We continued along Avenue 57 and crossed back over the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Hermon Park is on the left, which has tennis courts, play areas, dog runs and public restrooms, which were most needed. After the pit stop, we crossed back across the street and found our next staircase. At the top we followed a couple more streets and walked by an elementary school and at the end of the street was our next staircase.
The walk was approximately 3 miles and the difficulty, per the book was relatively easy or 2.5 on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is very easy and 5 is difficult.
This walk was taken from the book "Secret Stairs" by Charles Fleming.