Tuesday's column issued a challenge to get out and walk for 10 minutes, three times a week. How's that going? For 10 minutes, you can really walk anywhere. Just leave your home or office at lunch or when you get home, walk 5 minutes in one direction and then 5 minutes back. But if you're looking for some nice places to walk, that are perhaps a bit more scenic, here are some L.A. favorites:
1. Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills has a nice dirt path for walking. Park on the street on Roxbury or around the back at the meters. From Olympic heading west, make a left on Spalding Dr (the next street after passing the park). If heading east, it's a right before the park. Turn left immediately into the alley behind the apartments there and follow it around to the right behind the park to where the meters are. One loop around is .41 miles, so 2 laps is a little under a mile.
2. The Rose Bowl (for those to the east) is a .5 mile loop. Park anywhere in the parking lots and just follow the path around the bowl in a circle. Twice around is a mile.
3. Westwood Park is a one mile loop. Park on the street or in the parking lot off of Veteran just before Ohio. Alternatively, park in the Tennis Center parking lot off of Sepulveda. The sign outside on the street is a big tennis ball, alerting you to the entrance. From the Veteran parking lot, staying on the dirt path, the route goes beside the tennis courts. Cut behind the tennis courts over to the Sepulveda Tennis Center lot, and then over to the Westwood pool, through the playground, off to the side where the soccer field is, back around, through the playground again, and then turn right to go back to the Veteran parking lot. This is .6 miles. So twice around is about 1.2 miles.
2. The loop around Rancho Park is 2.2 miles. From about 6am until about 7pm, there are a lot of other runners and walkers here. Park in the parking lot on Motor, or on the street, and walk southeast until you get to Monte Mar. Make a right. Stay to the right, at Monte Mar connects with Lorenzo. Lorenzo will take you behind the park. There's one large hill here, so take it slowly if this is your first few times. Turn right on Patricia until you get to Pico. Make another right turn and keep going until you get back to Motor. Turn right and head back to your car. You've done a great 2.2 mile route.
4. On San Vicente, from Ocean to Bundy and back is a straight 3 mile round-trip walk. If walking at a 15 minute mile, that should take 45 minutes
5. The Silverlake Reservoir is another So-Cal favorite. You can park on the street, or at the Silverlake Rec Center on Van Pelt place. If you do the whole loop (including the Ivanhoe Reservoir--which it appears you may have to), it's 2.1 miles. The best view is from the top of Apex Street, which can be accessed from Silverlake Blvd.