A Walker in L.A.: Stairway to Heaven

There are so many not-so-secret passageways in L.A. just waiting to be discovered

Did you know there was a spiral staircase in the middle of the 110 freeway? I’d lived in L.A. for 10 years and driven by it hundreds of times before I found that out. The staircase is part of an entire pedestrian walkway system that travels along the 110 from Chinatown to the L.A. River, and it’s a perfect example of what you’ll never see while whizzing by at 60 mph. I discovered this staircase, and many, many more on The Big Parade, a two-day, 35-mile walk from downtown to Griffith Observatory that goes up and down 100 public stairways in the city. The walk has been happening annually since 2008, and this year, The Big Parade falls on the upcoming weekend (May 31 and June 1). I’ll be there along with about 200 of my most pedestrian-minded friends, and I can’t wait to see what I’ll stumble upon this time.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.