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Los Angeles’ Toughest Workout – Eldred Street & its Stairs

Feb 21, 2011 by Lisa Newton

If you’re seriously looking for both a difficult and unique exercise workout then make hay and head over to Highland Park’s, Eldred Street.

Touted as being Los Angeles’ second steepest street (the highest honors go to a 50 yard stretch of street in San Pedro that measures 33.3% grade), Eldred Street comes in at a hefty 33% grade. Considering it’s not uncommon to see road signs cautioning drivers about a 6% grade, 33% is a lot (the green arrow in the photo).

Constructed in 1912 and named for Delos W. Eldred, who owned the property in the 1900s, Eldred Street trash collectors have special scaled-down trucks that back up the street and collect the garbage on the way down.

Today, new roads are limited to a 15% grade.

And if that’s not enough, at the end of Eldred Street sits the Eldred Stairs, with its white arrow next to the photograph.

Totaling 190 steps, the Stairs connect Eldred Street with Cross Avenue. So, if climbing the steep street isn’t enough of a workout, by adding the stairs there’s no doubt you’ll have a complete workout.

Additionally, on a clear day, great views of Highland Park and the mountains beyond are accessible. All you have to do is climb the stairs.

Now, have some fun and head to Highland Park.

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