The 18th edition of the Great Los Angeles Walk returns on Saturday, November 18, 2023! (Always the Saturday before Thanksgiving.) Details to come.
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Saturday, October 9, 2021

The 16th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk Celebrates Our City's 240th Birthday By Walking the Pobladores' Route

In September 1781, the original settlers of Los Angeles — the 44 mostly Mexican-Indigenous and Black indivdiuals known as Los Pobladores ("the settlers"), set out from the San Gabriel Mission. El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula was then founded, 240 years ago.

Every year, hundreds of Angelenos walk the historic route, from the San Gabriel Mission to El Pueblo Historical Monument, considered the birthplace of Los Angeles, to celebrate our city's birthday. This year, the Great Los Angeles Walk will do the same.

But the Porbladores route is only nine miles — which is a little more than half our usual downtown-to-ocean journey. So once we get to El Pueblo, we'll also walk through downtown Los Angeles' Spring St., Broadway and Grand Ave., in order to spend a bit more time exploring our fine city.

All told, this year's route will still be the shortest ever in the Great Los Angeles Walk's 16-year history: Just 14 miles. But that's because we think this year everyone will really want to stop and explore both the Pueblo (including Olvera Street) and downtown. Stop inside the Last Bookstore. See how many of the historic movie palaces you can walk in and look at on Broadway. And of course, end our journey by taking Angel's Flight railway down to Grand Central Market for a celebratory meal and drink.

The walk to El Pueblo approximately three hours to complete, which is the perfect time for a lunch break at either Olvera Street or nearby in Chinatown (or, of course, Philippe The Original!)

After that, take another few hours to walk down Spring St. to Olympic, back up Broadway to Grand Park, then up to Disney Hall and Grand Ave., followed by Angel's Flight back down to Grand Central Market.

What a perfect way to explore the original history of Los Angeles. Bring your masks, make sure you're vaccinated, practice social distance and good hygiene, and join us on Saturday, November 20 — the Saturday before Thanksgiving, as always — at 9 am; we'll be in the Plaza Park in front of the Mission San Gabriel Arc├íngel, 428 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA.

Here's the first part of the Walk, the official Pobladores route as illustrated by the city of San Gabriel (click to make bigger; we'll have our own maps ready for you before the walk):

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