Distance: 19.8 miles 88 stairways 4,973 up-steps Total Climb: ~3,700 feet
Cities/Regions: Silver Lake, Edendale, Echo Park, Angelino Heights, Westlake North.
Dan Gutierrez, Pat and Elizabeth Schirmer, Jason Songhurst, Evelyn Sanchez, Hilda Ibarra, Liria Enriquez, Brenda Padron, (and Winston Songhurst, Jason’s dog!!) on 11 February 2017 | Dave and Kristy Moorman on 14 May 2017 | Aaron Veals on 21 Jun 2017 | John and Olivia Oshimo on 30 Oct 2017 | Jeff Rozema, James Peterson, Kathy Lopez, Teresa Cavazos, Maribel Sanchez, Alfredo Salgado on 16 Dec 2017 | Maria Casillas, Luis Prado on 13 Jan 2018 | Gaelle Gralnek, Lisa Digger, Terry Harmon, Rosecrans Baldwin on 6 Oct 2018 | Marla Stephenson Thornton on 22 Dec 2018 | Jane Fransella on 20 Jan 2019 | Who will be next?
Route Description Hyperlapse Video of Segment I
Route Features: This challenging route is almost entirely in hilly Silver Lake and Echo Park residential neighborhoods, often with narrow streets lacking sidewalks, with brief visits to busier streets for lunch, and approaching the finish. So it is a walk of great views, quiet streets, and stairway after stairway after stairway, many with 100 or more steps and a handful with over 190 steps! The first 11 miles are the challenging Silver Lake portion, including a visit to the Silver Lake Recreation Area, with lunch on busy Sunset Dr, followed by the last 9 miles in the Echo Park region, including a number of 100+ steps stairways – one with over 200 steps – early in the section, with a visit to the southern end of Echo Park Lake, finishing with a less demanding trek west along Bellevue, followed by a short walk along Beverly, ending at the Original Tommy’s Burgers! This route has 4 of the top 10 stairways in Silver Lake, each with with over 200 steps, and has another handful in the 180 to 200 step range, so while it has fewer top 10 stairways then Segment H, it does have about 1,050 more up-steps and 35 more stairways! The people who did both H and I agree that the tougher H stairways, especially those at the end, make Segment H tougher!
Finish Location: Beverly Blvd and Rampart Blvd (at The Original Tommy’s!), which is bus accessible via Metro Bus Line 603 on Rampart, and Metro Bus Line 14 on Beverly, that both connect to rail stations.