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Urban Exploration! The Remains of the Red Car Line.

Saturday, May 13th at 11:00am


Los Angeles is strewn with artifacts from what was once the greatest mass-transportation system in the world, the Red Car trolley line. Urban explorers can find old track beds and foundations of station stops everywhere. Corralitas Red Car Trail in Silver Lake is just such a place. It was once the main line from Glendale to downtown Los Angeles, but is today a forgotten piece of real estate, with bridge footings and secret stairways fully intact amongst the weeds. We will be starting at the site of the Fletcher Viaduct, a spectacular 450 foot long wooden train trestle, which is now a Los Angeles Historic/Cultural Monument. Our guide will be Charles Fleming, LA Times columnist and author of "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to Historic Staircases of LA" and other books about exploring Los Angeles. He will have books to sign and sell.

Meet at Home Restaurant, located at the intersection of Riverside and Fletcher. It sits directly below what was the Fletcher Viaduct. Park on the street, as the restaurant's parking is valet. You can have lunch here after the hike!

As usual, bring water, a hat and sturdy shoes. The hike is a 2 mile loop.

Please RSVP to Mike Lawler at lawlerdad@yahoo.com or 818-441-4223.



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