For the 13th year we're walking across Los Angeles -- this time down 6th Street, through Koreatown, and then on to the ocean!

Save the date: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at 9 a.m. -- Meet at Pershing Square!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The 13th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk Explores Koreatown, Via 6th Street, in Honor of Jonathan Gold

For the 13th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk, we're hitting one of the most underappreciated streets in Los Angeles: 6th. It might not have the flash of a Wilshire, an Olympic, or a Santa Monica, but it's the workhorse street that gets you across town a bit faster than those other boulevards — and has plenty of sites of its own to explore.

But more importantly, 6th Street is one of the key arteries through Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood. And according to Jonathan Gold's assessment of Koreatown's restaurants, it also boasts some of the neighborhood's best food.

Like many Angelenos, we were heartbroken to learn of J Gold's death earlier this summer. If you loved Los Angeles, you loved Jonathan Gold — one of the most important L.A. boosters ever. When the Great Los Angeles Walk first tackled Pico Boulevard in 2007, he gave us a list of restaurants to hit during our all-day hike — something we used again when we returned to Pico in 2016.

Alas, Jonathan Gold is so synonymous with Pico that ideally that's where we'd return to celebrate him. But since we just hiked Pico two years ago, we wanted to recognize him in another way. Gold championed Los Angeles, its neighborhoods, and of course, its food. And he was particularly fond of Koreatown, and turned all of us on to countless great reasons to visit.

That's why, for 2018, we're walking down 6th.

From downtown, we'll start off at Pershing Square, and head west -- along the way seeing sites such as the Standard Hotel, the Jonathan Club, the Pacific Dining Car restaurant, MacArthur Park, the Park Plaza (now known as the MacArthur), Lafayette Park, Chapman Market, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Park La Brea, the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA, and more. When 6th ends, we'll stroll up San Vicente to Burton Way, and walk through a strip of Beverly Hills, past the Courthouse and city center, and down Little Santa Monica, eventually making our way onto Santa Monica Blvd. for the rest of the walk to the ocean.

Stay tuned for more details! Always check for updates, and feel free to drop us a line at to let us know you're coming!

Most importantly: The date for the walk is SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018 at 9 am. Meet at Pershing Square! (It's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving -- just remember that!) More details to come!

Listen below as Jonathan Gold dishes about his favorite Koreatown restaurants:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Los Angeles Magazine's February 2018 Issue Spotlights the Great LA Walk

Thanks to Los Angeles magazine editor Matthew Segal for featuring the Great Los Angeles Walk in the February 2018 issue. LA mag highlighted walking in L.A. — in particular, 20 great walks, in this edition — so, of course, it made sense to include the GLAW! Read it here or pick up an issue!

Highlights below:

To truly know the city, you have to walk it. That’s the inspiration behind the Great Los Angeles Walk. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the 11-year-old daylong saunter takes 300-plus Angelenos along different routes from downtown to the Pacific. “There’s so much—down to artwork, murals, people—you never notice when you’re driving,” says founder Michael Schneider, who’s also the executive editor of IndieWire and runs the blog Franklin Avenue.

I picked Wilshire Corridor, the Byzantine/Latino Quarter of Pico, and West Adams. Keep your eyes peeled later this year (around September) as we reveal the 2018 Great Los Angeles Walk route!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Diana Nyad Helps Open The Great Los Angeles Walk -- Watch

Thanks to Diana Nyad for helping us kick off this year's The Great Los Angeles Walk with some very kind words. Check out the website for her new initiative, Ever Walk, here.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2017 Recap: 17 Miles Of Exploration, As We Explored Beverly Boulevard and Much More

Beverly, you're beautiful!

The Great Los Angeles Walk hit Beverly Boulevard for its 12th edition, and hundreds of passionate Angelenos -- fueled by love of city and community and eager to walk across the city -- hiked from downtown's Japanese American National Museum (in Little Tokyo) to the ocean on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Together, we kicked things off in the morning with a welcome from the museum's CEO, Ann Burroughs, who noted that we were standing on historic ground — the spot where hundreds of Japanese Americans were rounded up and sent to internment camps, during a dark moment in United States history. (Given the events of the past year, it was worth a reflection on the dangers of losing democracy.) Then, back for another year, author and legendary endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who brought along members from her organization, EverWalk, gave the crowd a pep talk and reminded everyone why it's so important to explore the world on foot.

From there, the crowd walked past the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and the west on Temple, navigating around a completely separate downtown walk that had been organized by the United Way. We passed the Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall, then headed west of downtown, through Historic Filipinotown. As 1st Street turned into Beverly, we navigated the bridge next to the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, then made our way to Valerie Confections for morning pastries (although no hot chocolate as had been promised!). Then it was on to East Hollywood; Koreatown; Larchmont; Hancock Park; La Brea; Fairfax; and Beverly Hills. After a lunch stop at Bristol Farms in Beverly Hills (the old Chasen's Restaurant!), we turned down Santa Monica Boulevard. In Beverly Hills, we encountered loads of construction — forcing us to take a detour through a nearby alley, which proved to be serendipitous as we saw some truly interesting and (in the case of one Gaudi-inspired building) unconventional homes. As we marched toward Santa Monica, we felt the cool ocean breeze, and then celebrated at the Santa Monica outpost of Plan Check.

All told, it was more than 17 miles, and nearly 50,000 steps.

Here are some highlights from the day:

Selfies before the walk

Just part of the crowd at the Japanese American National Museum

CEO Ann Burroughs speaks

And they're off!

"Go For Broke" monument

Marching uphill on Temple

At the music center

On Hope Street, next to the DWP

More, passing the DWP building

Disney Hall!

Heading down 1st

Tricky bridge where 1st turns into Beverly. Some went up, some went left, some went right.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

L.A. mural

Historic Filipinotown mural


Original Tommy's

Above and below: Murals near the Gabba Gallery

Snack break at Valerie Confections

Still can't figure out what this means.

Walkers, as seen from a Hancock Park garage sale

Active Coyotes in Area


New Beverly Cinema

El Coyote

Message on Beverly

Pan Pacific Park

CBS Television City

Doggie daycare

They're installing this ugly metallic frame on the Beverly Center

Sideshow Bob tree

Bristol Farms Beverly Hills

Formerly Chasen's

Chasen's booth

Beverly Hills

Intriguing, Gaudi-inspired home

Slow down for Walkers!

So true.

Ube donuts!

Santa Monica celebrates

Just some of the finishers at the end! (Others were already at Plan Check, while some hadn't made it yet)

Thanks again to Diana Nyad (above, at the end point in Santa Monica.) Send us links to your photos! And we'll add some roundups below.

Great LA Walk Photos by David Rock Tanaka

See you next year -- Saturday, November 17, 2018, for lucky walk #13!