3/26/16: Secret Stairs of LA #1 – Pasadena!

Saturday March 26, 2016 | 8:30AM
Meet at the corner of 10917029_10152465980046666_679561316175634126_oN Figueroa St & Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90041

Curious about the “Secret Stairs of LA” ? One of the walks in the book by Charles Fleming is in western Pasadena. A repeat of a group walk we did about a year ago, we’ll follow this guided walk for 2.7 miles and 996 steps/stairs! Meet in front of the Post Office at Fig and Colorado.

RSVP on the Facebook Event Page or comment here to let us know you’re coming!

The route for this walk comes from the book “Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles” by Charles Fleming

Here’s the walk text and map, from the site. Sherry and I will lead the walk, but if you want to set your own pace, you can download and print or load on your phone ahead of time: WALKS-1.pdf

More about the Secret Stairs of LA: “The staircases lace the hillsides of L.A. neighborhoods, and are historical reminders of a time when this was not a city of cars. City planners and developers installed them as direct routes for pedestrians—housewives and children particularly—to get down the hills to school, the supermarket, and transit lines. The city at that time was well served by trolleys, streetcars, buses, and light-rail systems. The staircases were clustered around steep hillside communities near these transit lines, especially steep-streeted communities that developed in the 1920s.” From http://www.secretstairs-la.com

Around the Huntington 10/3/15

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Last minute Walking Pasadena​ meetup! I’m going to walk the perimeter of the Huntington Library grounds starting at 9AM tomorrow morning (Saturday 10/3) if anyone wants to join me. This walk is about 3.2 miles and includes a bonus set of “secret stairs” across from Lacy Park in San Marino. It’s a good hike!

Colorado Boulevard Walk for “Walktober” – October 25, 2015 9AM

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Exciting news! The Pasadena City Council is scheduled to declare October 2015 as Pedestrian Safety Month! The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition is scheduled to receive the proclamation at the City Council meeting on Monday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. 

In honor of this “Walktober” we will be repeating a great walk we did last year, walking Colorado Boulevard from Sierra Madre Bl west to cross the Colorado Street Bridge, and back again (optional). There is lots to see on Colorado Blvd, let’s explore a significant portion of it together!

We will meet at the corner of Sierra Madre & Colorado (in front of Vons) at 9AM. We’ll walk Colorado to the bridge and across. There’s an option to finish here or in Old Town and take the bus back to Vons, OR you can walk back to our starting point on the other side of the street. One way: 3.79 miles, approx 2 hours depending on your speed and how many times you stop to take photos! 🙂

Caltech & PCC Walk – Photos

8:30 was already pretty hot for this meet-up, but a few of us intrepid walkers still enjoyed the company and scenery on this walk exploring two neighbor campuses right in the middle of Pasadena. It was fun hearing about people’s previous exposure to the campuses – what classes they took, who worked where, who grew up in the neighborhood. Thanks for walking with me!

Photos by Sarah Emery Bunn and Keith Garcia.

8/29/15 – Caltech & PCC Walk

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Quickie last minute meetup if anyone’s available tomorrow morning (Saturday 8/29/15). Meet at the corner of California & Wilson (in front of S. Mudd Lab at Caltech) at 8:30AM. I don’t have a particular route in mind but we can explore the campus of Caltech first and then cross over and check out PCC. We’ll walk for about an hour, aiming for about 3 miles. Hope you can walk with me!

8/1/15 – Rose Bowl Loop

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Saturday August 1, 2015
8:30AM
Meet in front of the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

3.3 mile loop

Hello Walkers! I have been out of town for a bit but am now back and ready to start walking Pasadena again. What better way to get back in the swing of things than a turn around the Rose Bowl, Saturday morning? Look forward to walking with you!

~ Sarah

5/31/15 – CicLAvia Pasadena

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Looking for company for next weekend’s CicLAvia Pasadena event? Come walk with us! Will be starting at 10AM from the corner of Bonnie and Colorado (in front of the Chick-fil-A). We’ll walk west on Colorado, and exploring the route “spurs” on Lake Ave and Raymond too.

From the CicLAvia website:

Pasadena has played host to parades, bike races and music festivals, and for the first time is opening its streets to the largest car-free open streets event in America. CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. The city will lend its own charm and flair to CicLAvia as participants travel along Colorado Boulevard, and down side streets to parks and historic architecture using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. Go Metro to CicLAvia, the event route will connect to the Memorial and Del Mar the Metro Gold Line Stations enabling participants to have a car-free or car-lite day.

CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro is the most walkable CicLAvia to date at 3.5 miles. The cozy distance will offer participants the opportunity to peruse and explore Pasadena’s business gems and cultural treasures. Spurs off the main route on Raymond Avenue and Lake Street will take participants to local parks. And CicLAvia’s new partnership with Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring Big Top show, coming to southern California this fall, will give participants young and old a smile-inducing and awe-inspiring entertainment adventure.

1/31/15 – Lower Arroyo Seco: Rose Bowl to South Pasadena

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Saturday January 21, 2015
We’ll meet at the benches in front of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center at 2PM.

5.5 miles round trip. The walk can be shortened at various points – e.g. cross the Arroyo at the San Rafael foot bridge. Likewise, walkers could add a Rose Bowl loop (3.3 mi) or stroll around Brookside park to lengthen the walk.

Lower Arroyo walk mapThe walk: From the parking lot, we’ll cross the street and head south where we’ll leave the road at a trail map sign to drop down under the 134 Freeway bridge and the Colorado street bridge. There is running water, trees, wildlife, and the path is uneven in places with one short steep section. Once we cross under the bridges, the path becomes flat with a packed dirt surface and follows the arroyo “river”. We will pass the archery range, the “camel’s hump”, the stables, and finally we will end up in South Pasadena at the Lower Arroyo Park. We’ll cross the bridge, and return on the other side.

Hope you will join us! This is a great walk to do in a group. Suitable for all! You can RSVP on the Facebook Eventcontact us to let us know to expect you, or simply show up!