Silver Lake Recreation Center

At the heart of this neighborhood, the recreation center sits on the southern side of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Nearby Attractions

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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
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.
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.
The Greek Theater
The famous stage is modelled on the style of a Greek Temple and the venue can hold almost 6000 people.
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

Silver Lake's Hidden Painted Stairways: Private Walking Tour
Embark on an exciting journey through the hidden staircases of Silver Lake, a vibrant and beautiful section of East Los Angeles with 52 historic stairways adorned with vibrant colours and geometric patterns. These stairways are reminders of a time when the city installed them to serve as direct routes for pedestrians to get down the hills to school, markets, and transit lines.

During your private walking tour of Silver Lake’s Painted Stairways, you will:

  • Meet your guide at the Silver Lake Recreation Center;
  • Immerse yourself in the Silver Lake neighbourhood, 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 opportunities;
  • Descend the Cicero Stairs (90 steps) until you reach Sunset Blvd where you can grab 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 another colourful decor 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 neighbourhood’s revival are these fabulous staircases which have become the shining star of Silver Lake.

Back in the day, the city was alive with the sounds of trolleys, buses, and trains, and these stairways played a significant role in connecting people to their destinations. Nowadays, they are used as an alternative to gyms, providing a killer workout while taking in the beautiful sights of Silver Lake. 

Get ready to climb your way to the top and discover the hidden gems of this historic neighbourhood!

Important: This is a very physically demanding tour as it involves climbing stairs for the duration of the tour


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