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I recently created a 310 mile that traverses the lion’s share of the public stairways in LA County, starting on Naples Island in Long Beach, doing a counterclockwise path over 15, 20 to 21+ mile segments. The route heads out along the coast, west around PV, then north past Santa Monica, turning inland to visit the Westside, then the Hollywood Hills. It then continues into Silver Lake and Echo Park, passing through DTLA, then winds through the northeastern parts of the county, including Montecito Heights, Mt Washington, Eagle Rock, South Pasadena, Highland Park, and City Terrace. From City Terrace, it heads southward to Watts, then from Watts back to Naples. The route visits 479 stair-streets, and 162 stairways that are not stair-streets, for a total of 641 total stairways, most taken in the up direction, so that there are 28, 007 up steps, and 10, 750 down steps, or 72.3% up, and 27.7% down. I will be leading segment walks, about 2 a month starting in later September of 2016, finishing in the May 2017 time frame. The has it’s own page, and is on the menu frame at the left side of this website.

– Dan Gutierrez –

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Here are some words about how we run all our group stair-walks:

1) We are all stair-walking friends, and we strive to help keep each other safe, so please look out for everyone else. If on a narrow street, with no sidewalk, a car is approaching from the rear, please call out “car back”, or “car front” if it is coming from the front, and repeat it down the line so everyone gets the message. So even though it is tempting to “tune out” and just follow and talk to your friends, please be aware of your surroundings and when you are coming to road crossings. This is were urban hiking differs from mountain or park hikes, you have to be mindful of road traffic. And please treat each other with respect. Think of us as a stair-walking family, rather than a collection of strangers.

2) Follow, as in stay behind the leader (me), and stay in front of the sweep. What’s a sweep? They are the person who will be at the rear, to make sure no one gets lost, and help people who are struggling, to find a route back or transit if necessary. Please do as the leader and sweep ask, as they are looking out for your safety. If the walk is very small, say 10 or less, we sometimes don’t use a sweep, but that is the exception.

3) Please follow the requests of the leader and sweep, who are volunteering their time to make your walk better. It’s also a good idea to circulate at stops so you are not always at the front, giving others a chance to be there, and similar for the back, unless of course you are struggling.

4) Road crossings at traffic lights. Sometimes the group will be too big to get everyone through on one traffic light cycle, so if you are asked to wait for the next green light by the leader or sweep, don’t worry, we will not leave you behind, even though we will move forward to leave room for the rest of you to have space when you get across. Even if it takes more than two light cycles, it’s ok, we will wait. What we don’t want is people bunching in the street; as this exposes you to conflicts with turning drivers.

5) Road crossings with no traffic lights. We will cross as a group. So a couple of adults, it might be me and and the sweep, or another experienced walker, will stand and persuade traffic to stop (known as ‘corking’), then the when we say “Go!”, the group will cross, and please don’t saunter, do it quickly, but don’t rush. If I ‘cork’ traffic and tell you to go, know that I will catch up to the front after we finish the crossing, and resume the lead.






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