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Southern California native Erin Mahoney Harris loves to walk, yet she's lived most of her life in areas that wouldn't typically be considered pedestrian friendly. Undaunted, she makes it a point to hoof it whenever possible. She finds walking to be meditative, invigorating and almost always rewarding, as there are so many fascinating features and landmarks in Los Angeles that are easy to miss when whizzing by in a car.

Erin is also the founder and editor of ChillOutLA.com, a guide to health, beauty and relaxation deals in Los Angeles. She currently lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and her Golden Retriever/Chow mix, both of whom patiently accompanied her on many of the walks featured in Walking LA.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; Second Edition edition (June 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899974716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899974712
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of us who live in the Los Angeles area are like old-world peasants: we're only familiar with the neighborhoods we live in or pass through at 70 mph on our way to work or school. This book will make you aware that there are fascinating neighborhoods to explore, and that not every neighborhood is a dreary collection of chain stores and fast-food restaurants. It is a collection of walks, pointing out interesting stores, places to eat, historical landmarks, and unique sights along the way. It's a great way to get some exercise while broadening your horizons. The author rates the walks by difficulty; some of those stairways are a bit more difficult than she suggests, but that's a minor complaint. I hope the book gets updated periodically. A must for those who enjoy exploring new areas in their own city.
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My husband and I have had a blast on the three walks we've done so far. What a great way to get some exercise and discover hidden gems in the Los Angeles area. I highly recommend this book!!! Each walk is a mini adventure. We've gone to so many places that we never knew existed. No wonder this book received the Ben Franklin award. I'm going to find out what other books the author has written and other books that received the Ben Franklin award. Erin Harris, thank you for writing this book. It's delightful.
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pay attention: if you already bought the first edition,
this second one is quite the same, with only 4 added hikings.
it is worth having one of the two, a nice alternative guide
to Los Angeles.
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I have been living in LA for 4 years and this is by far one of the greatest discoveries I have found. This book is more than just a simple guide that tells you routes to walk along - it shows you neighborhoods and extremely unique (and often historic) trails, public staircases, and many other fun outdoor adventures to explore - and it does this in an adventurous and very educational manner! LA is unique for the contrasting neighborhoods, the many hills and valleys, and how every house in the entire city is unlike one another, not to mention each street. This book has shown me new places to explore and new shops to try while giving me a stronger appreciation for this city. I have visited some fantastic views in this city I would have never known existed if it wasn't for this book - a must buy for anyone who enjoys exploring, walking, site-seeing, or being outside.
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I moved to Los Angeles 7 years ago, and this book has been a gem. I don't know how long it would have taken me to find Atwater Village or Angelino Heights if I hadn't been systematically going through this book (unlike one of the other reviewers who didn't seem to find anything new--most of the areas were new to me). I agree with another reviewer that the book is sparse on historical context. But for my purposes, exploring on foot, I am so glad I bought this book. I wasn't thrilled to move to LA to begin with, in part because of the dominant car culture, and so whenever I pick up this book and explore a new area on foot, it makes me feel "normal" again. I wish some of the walks were longer (most are around 2 miles), but these are good starting points and of course one can explore these areas in greater depth. I find myself not really reading the written directions of these walks, as I tend to follow the maps, but I'm glad there are both options. Overall, this book is helping me learn to love this city!
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Great idea with a lot of potential. But there isn't much info on the walks. I tried the Venice Beach walk and it was just walk here, turn here, cross the street, walk another block. Total walk 1.5 miles. Seriously. I thought there would be more info, like "look at the building across the street, a typical LA style bungalow built in 1910. It is now a private residence but in the 1920's it was used as an insane asylum" or stuff like that. I have had walking tour books of other cities with way more background. You would think there would be enough material in Los Angeles to fill several books!
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I love this book. This first walk I did was the "Music Box Stairs". I'd been a fan of Laurel and Hardy for years and was thrilled when I found out the stairs were still around and in Silver Lake. The whole reason I bought this book was because of those stairs. Being and L.A. native, I was curious to find some interesting places to walk in the area and this book provides it. Some of the stair walks can be difficult, but the author rates them by level of difficulty, so there are no surprises. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to see L.A. in a non-traditional, but still interesting way.
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These are wonderful walks around LA. Very easy to read and easy to find the route.
One walk was out-dated, however. Walk #7 (North Culver City) could not be finished because the EXPO line prevents crossing National.
The book need updating and should have been updated in 2014 when it was reprinted.
I would have given it 5 stars if it was updated.
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