Must Do: Walk from East to West

An Angeleno treks from his home in Highland Park to the Santa Monica Pier: a 22.7-mile journey across Los Angeles

7:30 a.m. Highland Park
“I’m 39, and the most I’ve ever walked is five miles. It’s a sunny day—but I have butterflies in my stomach.”

9:13 a.m. Glassell Park
“Texting and walking is not a good idea. Just bumped into a tree branch.”

9:30 a.m. L.A. River
“It feels good to see the water flow and listen as it passes through the boulders.”

9:46 a.m. Silver Lake
“I’m starting to see people in yoga pants getting coffee. I need some water—and a restroom.”

11:15 a.m. Beverly Blvd. and Westmoreland Ave.
“I’ve spotted a Tacos Mexico. Looks shady, but I buy four tacos. I’ve been walking for four hours—13.9 miles to go.”

1:26 p.m. Beverly Center
“My feet are beginning to cramp up. Feeling very tired now.”

2:10 p.m. Beverly dr. and Santa Monica Blvd.
“This intersection feels like a milestone—the traffic looks like a parking lot.”

2:49 p.m. Santa Monica and Wilshire Blvds.
“My sidewalk has disappeared, and I’m walking against traffic. I jaywalked across Santa Monica—scary.”

 4:18 p.m. Idaho and Centinela Aves.
“Ahh, a bench. My knees and back are in pain. I sit down and take deep breaths.”

 5:12 p.m Santa Monica Pier
“It took almost 10 hours and 41,854 steps. I need a beer and a good meal.”