Sierra Club Stair Walk: Walk #12, Echo Park Lake Victorians
My friends and I went on a Sierra Club outing. Leaders Delphine Trowbridge and Carol Henning lead our group of nine on Walk #12, Echo Park Lake Victorians, from Charles Fleming’s Secret Stairs book. I appreciated that they took the time to read to us from the book so that we knew to look for specific houses and other points of interest along the route.
Due to the rehabilitation work being done to the lake, our route had to be tweaked a bit, making our starting point the Rec Center which has unrestricted street parking in front and the cleanest, most fully-stocked bathrooms that I’ve ever seen in a Los Angeles park!
In his book, Charles rates this walk a 2.5. I would agree with that as there are only a total of 428 steps on the easy 3-mile route.
This walk is all about the architectural eye-candy: The Victorian homes of Angelino Heights! Especially the Eastlake and Queen Anne style homes on Carroll Avenue, which has been a popular location for filming over the years.
Many of the houses are beautifully restored and the street has interesting period features such as lamp posts, wrought-iron hitching posts, and stone steps one would’ve used to climb in and out of one’s carriage.
One house had us sighing sadly as we wondered if it had been in a fire or was a victim of wood rot. As it turns out, it’s the haunted house from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video so perhaps its forlornness may actually be a bit of movie studio cosmetics.
We finished our outing with lunch at Taix (actually pronounced “Tex” not “Tay”), an L.A. landmark established in 1927 and at its present location (1911 W. Sunset Blvd.) since 1962. They serve really good French food at reasonable prices. I had the grilled chicken breast on dill and potato bread with Emmenthal cheese, basil mayo, and pommes frites. It came with soup de jour, which was yellow split pea. Deeeeeeeeeeelicious!
All in all I had a great time being out and about with good friends, and, once again, I will remind you that the Sierra Club is not just about hiking around in the wilderness. They have lots of fun activities, including easy urban get-to-know-your-neighborhood type outings. I urge you to go here and check out your local chapter!