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The Hidden Staircases of Hollywood Heights

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In the early days of Hollywood, one of the spoils of the wealthy who built their homes tucked into the area's plentiful hills was the option for seclusion. Many of the homes were built into the hills and accessible by staircases and pathways. In the era of the automobile, anyone navigating the hills behind the wheel knows how steep and precarious the ascents and descents can be--not to mention the fine art of parking. But take away the heavy machinery and strap on a good pair of shoes and you can slide into what feels like another world (and get in a workout!) when you explore the hidden staircases of Hollywood Heights.

There are staircases all over Hollywood, as well as in hilly communities like Echo Park and Silver Lake, and while we've explored the amazing ones in Beachwood Canyon, there's about a one mile network of stairs and paths to the south of the Hollywood Bowl that make for a quick and fun little adventure.