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Step it Up: "Stair Trek VI" Promises Killer 24-Mile, 80-Stairway Walk

One of L.A.'s many hillside staircases (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Are you up for an epic walk this weekend? If the answer is yes (and not just a, "hmmm, maybe," but an absolute "YES!") you might want to join in on "Stair Trek VI," a killer walk event Saturday that will find participants hiking a 24-mile, 80-stairway route that starts and ends in Silver Lake.

Stair Trek's route is based on the Big Parade route, but instead of being built around setting your own pace and "bailing out" when you need to, this walk is all in, and keeping up is mandatory. "We walk together, at a relatively brisk pace, but there are no extended rest stops, and if you feel like bailing out, you're on your own," explains the event organizer, Dan Koeppel, on Facebook.

Here's a bit more about the hardcore route:

You will walk every single staircase in the area bounded by the 101 Freeway (south); Riverside Drive (north); Elysian Park (east) and Hyperion Avenue (west.) The stairs come fast and furious. It is a classic route in that over the entire 25 miles and all those stairs, it never doubles back or repeats the same stairway.
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If you're game, be sure to pack a lunch, a couple of bottles of water, and some snacks (as in there's no stopping to make purchases during the walk). You'll want to wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight in case things take until past sundown to wrap up. The Facebook event page has a few more details about joining a few miles in, though one major caveat is weak cell coverage in the area, so it might be hard to coordinate with a friend on the walk you're hoping to meet up with.

Still up for it? The walk starts and concludes at the Music Box Steps in Silver Lake. Meet the group at Laurel & Hardy Park, across from the steps, at the intersection of Vendome and Del Monte. The walk finishes with a dinner at El Conquistador on Sunset Boulevard; it's estimated to end at 7 p.m.