Secret STairs Hike
This is the perfect L.A. "hike" to get a great workout in the beautiful outdoors. It takes you up beautiful old staircases through one of Hollywood's oldest neighborhoods. One thing though - it's important to take printed directions with you. There's lots of turns to find the hidden stairways, and as they're not marked it can get tricky! It only takes about an hour, but the staircases are steep and long - and a great workout!
This is one of my favorite little nooks of L.A., and I have looked long and hard to find an apartment in this sleepy mountainside neighborhood. But fortunately it's only about a 10 minute drive from West Hollywood, and super close to Franklin Village, another great strip of restaurants, bars, and the famous UCB Comedy Club.
Finding Beachwood Drive is easy - it's right off of Franklin Avenue. Go north on Beachwood Drive from Franklin, and you'll find the little village about 5 minutes up the road.
I suggest finding street parking - it's usually pretty easy during the day. The hike technically starts at 2695 Beachwood Drive, right under the stone archways. Across the street you'll see Beachwood Market - stop in for a bottle of water and a granola bar to take with you.
I wish I could take credit for discovering this - but I actually found it on an amazing website called Secret Stairs LA
I suggest printing out the following directions, that you can also find on the Secret Stairs website. The hike takes about an hour, and takes you up and down the windy old stairways through the charming neighborhood. You'll see some beautiful old homes, and you'll probably be on your own. It's extremely peaceful and a great workout!
When you're done with your workout, have lunch at the Beachwood Cafe! The food is delicious and the place is full of history. It's super cute and the perfect way to finish your hike in the neighborhood. Check out the menu below:
All in All
This is a great workout through a quiet, charming neighborhood with a lot of history. It's short, but a perfect alternative to other super-busy hikes like Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park. To this day it's one of my favorite workouts when I feel like doing something a little quieter and less populated.