Urban Hike: Echo Park to Pasadena
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, swollen with stuffing and pie, I enlisted a few adventurous friends for a day of urban hiking. The surrounding mountains and coastline of Los Angeles offer hundreds of nature trails, but I love to walk through unknown neighborhoods on routes I would never have occasion to drive. There is so much to see and discover.
For this hike, we set a 10-mile course from Echo Park to Pasadena, traversing Alvarado St., Glendale Blvd., Fletcher Dr., Eagle Rock Blvd., Yosemite Dr., and a jaunt up Figueroa before turning down the home stretch of Colorado Blvd. to our final destination, Lucky Baldwin’s tap room. We walked at an easy pace, some of us even wore dresses, some of us Chuck Taylors. We stopped whenever we felt like it for photo-ops, shoelace tying, tree-climbing, contests, ice cream cones and the occasional bowling alley beer. It was an exceptionally fun day. I can’t wait for the next “Hike Club” walk to Venice Beach. Who’s in?
Thanks to fellow blogger Kitty Cattaraugus for some lovely photos.