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Workout Wednesday: Hollywoodland Staircases Walk

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Undoubtedly, some of the best things about living in Los Angeles are our varied terrain, eclectic architecture, landmarks, and fascinating history. That's why when you've hit treadmill and Stairmaster burnout and can't take another day of watching Montel on closed captioning in your gym, taking things outside and into the city's beautiful hills can be a welcome respite from workout drudgery. One great workout walk combines the best of the city with some kick-ass cardio--and some stunning views to boot; it's a walk through Upper Beachwood Canyon and it includes all 6 of the neighborhood's 85-year-old staircases.

We found the directions for this particular walk via a wonderful book (that seems to be mostly available by order only, either at your favorite bookstore or online via Amazon) called Walking L.A. by Erin Mahoney. This is walk #21 or 36, and covers approximately 2 miles, although you can tailor it to be more (by adding a walk or run along a dirt trail then concrete jogging path around the Lake Hollywood Reservoir) or less (skipping the branch of the run that has you doubling-back and forsaking the awesome glimpse of the Reservoir).

Walking L.A. is a great book to have on your shelf (or in your glove compartment, etc) because you can so easily make your way on foot through our city's diverse areas and it won't cost you a thing (okay, except for the cover price of the book). MetroRiderLA's Fred Camino told us last year that it's his favorite book about L.A., too! Beachwood Canyon also has an official online listing of all the staircases with a similar suggested walk.