Trail of the Month: Secret Stairs, La Mesa
How get a great glute workout on this urban trail
Moderate, recreational runners in decent shape
1.3 miles for the loop
Good to Know
Not Stroller Friendly
Start at La Mesa Springs Shopping Center and head to the corner of Alta Lane and Fairview Avenue, where you’ll find the first leg of a network of 489 hidden stairs you can climb up and down from 830 feet above sea level.
What to Instagram
The winding pathways of hidden stairs, which look like they’ll lead you to a secret garden.
Why We Love It
It’s a great stair workout that you can run or walk, with pretty glimpses of flowers and historic architecture along the way to distract yourself.
Where to Refuel
Stop by Sheldon’s Service Station (8401 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa) for breakfast and lunch specials, from caprese avocado toast to sandwiches, panini, and cold brew to boot.