The staircases lace the hillsides of certain L.A. neighborhoods, and are historical reminders of a time when this was not a city of cars. City planners and developers installed them as direct routes for pedestrians—housewives and children particularly—to get down the hills to school, the supermarket, and transit lines. The city at that time was well served by trolleys, streetcars, buses, and light-rail systems. The staircases were clustered around steep hillside communities near these transit lines, especially steep-streeted communities that developed in the 1920s. Staircases abound in Silver Lake, Echo Park, Mt. Washington, and El Sereno, and the elevated areas of Highland Park, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, and can be found as far from downtown L.A. as Pasadena, Pacific Palisades and Avalon, on Catalina Island.
The Fern Lake trail head is located on the June Lake Loop, about 1.5 miles from the village, close to Double Eagle Resort. You will see the trailhead sign from the road, Highway 158. Once you park, you will start ascending straight up the canyon. This hike is basically straight up to the lake and back down. Being very steep does has an advantage with views of the canyon as well as Silver, Gull, and June Lakes. This trail has a large waterfall about half way up. Once you arrive at the lake you can take in the high alpine scenery and fish for Brooke and Brown Trout. This trail offers a wonderful variety of wildflowers in late spring into summer as well as the gold and yellow foliage in the fall.
Booth Lake is located 4.35 miles north of Booth Lake Trailhead on I-70 in Vail CO. It fills a slender basin at the head of a steep walled valley in the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The Booth Creek Trail is a compelling destination in itself, highlighted by Booth Falls, mature aspen, abundant flowers and alpine meadows en route to the lake:
The Silverton area boasts a number of great day hikes but none can compete with the sheer scenic beauty of Ice Lake.
There may be no better way to see what’s so fabulous about Yosemite Valley than to hike the Four-Mile Trail, which climbs from the valley floor near the Swinging Bridge to the south valley rim at Glacier Point (or vice versa, or both, depending on your inclination). This hike offers great views of most of the landmarks that Yosemite Valley’s famous for, and all from angles you’re not used to seeing on postcards.