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Lower Swan Stairs

The first part of the three sets of Swan Stairs, all three were painted by Evelyn Leigh, who was commissioned in 2015 by the city.

Nearby Attractions

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The Greek Theater
The famous stage is modelled on the style of a Greek Temple and the venue can hold almost 6000 people.
Upper Swan Stairs
One of the most famous murals in Silver Lake is the "LA je t'aime" mural. Enjoy not just this picture-worthy spot, but the views of DTLA at the top
Silver Lake Recreation Center
At the heart of this neighborhood, the recreation center sits on the southern side of the Silver Lake Reservoir.
Descanso Stairway
The crumbling stairs are a main access path for people in the neighborhood and provide beautiful views of the Silver Lake Reservoir.
Joe Klass Water Stop
Thirsty along your hike? Don't worry - this pitstop is here to keep hikers from getting dehydrated on the hills.
Griffith Park Helipad
From this flat lot, enjoy stunning views used of Griffith Observatory and downtown. You may recognize the spot as one used in numerous car commercials and films.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Silver Lake's Painted Staircases
Silver Lake is a vibrant and beautiful section of east Los Angeles, with a fun, hipster character. During your three hour private walking tour of Silver Lake’s Painted Staircases, you will:

  • Meet your guide at the Silver Lake Recreation Center, where you will get a quick introduction to the tour.
  • Immerse yourself in the Silver Lake neighborhood, where your guide will lead you to the famous painted staircases.
  • Ascend the Swan Stairs, about 287 steps, where you can stop for breaks and photo ops.
  • Descend the Cicero Stairs (90 steps) until you reach Sunset Blvd. Stop for a coffee break and snack at a local coffee shop.
  • Go about 200 steps up the Lower Micheltorena Stairs and head towards the Descanso Stairway, where you will descend another 139 steps to a nice viewpoint, with photo ops along the way. 
  •  Walk the 90 steps up the Murray Stairs, with a short, steep walk up to the Effie/Rotary Stairs, before heading back down to the Recreation Center.
On this private walking tour, you will step past bright swatches of yellow, orange, purple and green; past painted red hearts and other colorful flights of fancy as you ascend higher up Silver Lakes’ famous painted staircases, decorated by local artists. Here you will find a mix of old and new – and part of the neighborhood’s revival are these fabulous staircases which have become the shining star of Silver Lake.

We recommend wearing good walking or tennis shoes for this tour, but it is not required. Do try to dress in comfortable layers, as you will no doubt work up a sweat! Coffee and a snack at a local coffee stop are included in your tour. And don’t forget your camera or make space on your phone, as there will be many opportunities to stop for photos along the way.
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