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Great hike with some pretty cool views. Did this hike with a friend in about 2hrs 20mins. Definitely start on Arteique Rd and end on Chaney Dr. It was a little confusing to find the trail in the beginning but definitely follow the map and you'll get a good leg workout in.
A wonderful place to get a great cardio workout early in the morning. Can't emphasize the earlier the better when it comes to both the wooden and concrete versions of the stairs. It gets a bit crowded, especially over the weekends.
I personally have a preference for the concrete stairs that are directly in front of 4th street over the wooden stairs that most associate with being THE "Santa Monica Stairs". The wooden stairs are wider and there are larger transition areas between the flights which helps accommodate larger crowds. However, the concrete stairs seem more stable to me due to their narrow passage and lack of flex underfoot. Also when it comes to repetition, the narrow stairs allow me to focus with my headphones in and still feel like I have adequate peripheral vision to be aware of my surroundings (especially when more people are on the stairs).
It's definitely a hip place to congregate since it contains the two things Santa Monica is well known for: sweat & celebrity. If you ever wonder what someone in a sweaty workout outfit was doing right before the make their way to the Montana Ave. Starbucks...
This is a paved flat trail with generally a lot of traffic. Maybe not a locals favorite but definitely I nice low key thing to do when Visitors come into town. It's cool to go from Santa Monica to Venice and see all the artsy crazy that comes with that. I've lived here for about 7 years and have rented a bike to ride along this trail maybe 3 times?