Just a few blocks from Hollywood’s tourist-mobbed Walk of Fame, a hidden network of stairs gives you a backyard view into Tinseltown’s dreamiest hillside ’hood. Start this steep 1-mile trek at Highland Camrose Park, heading up windy Rockledge Road to find the narrow Los Altos Place pedestrian walkway, where you’ll brush shoulders with bamboo leaves and tangerine trees. Emerge onto High Tower Drive for a bottom-up view of the Bolognese-style High Tower—a five-story elevator that whisks residents from their parking spots below to their pedestrian-only hilltop perches. Climb the stairs across the street to slip behind the tower onto Alta Loma Terrace. This narrow path threads between an eclectic mix of homes—from art deco to Japanese-inspired—and is bordered by bubbling fountains. When it drops you down at street level, head north up the hill to the justly famous Hollywood Bowl
amphitheater (pictured). Bypass the turnstiles and race up the steep concrete steps (from box seats to nosebleeds) for a bird’s-eye view of the stage. Hooray for Hollywood!
TIP: The Hollywood Bowl is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset during off-season (October–May) and on non-concert days, so plan ahead for full access.
Park on Camrose Dr. west of Highland Ave. and walk west. Turn right on Rockledge Rd. from Camrose, heading uphill to the cul-de-sac where you’ll find the Los Altos Place pedestrian walkway. Follow the walkway one block to High Tower Road and rejoin the walkway across the street. Take a right on Broadview Terrace (another walkway) and climb the steps to the High Tower. Take a right past the Tower onto Alta Loma Terrace, and follow this all the way down to the residents’ parking lot. North from this lot is the Hollywood Bowl parking lot. Cross the lot to Peppertree Lane and head uphill to the Bowl’s entryway. There’s no fee to enter the Bowl when it’s non-operational. If you visit on a concert day, the Bowl may be shut down for preparations. To return to Camrose Dr., head back downhill to Highland Ave. Take Highland south to the corner of Camrose and turn right. Dog-friendly!