Silver Lake is known in certain circles as the Brooklyn of Los Angeles. This of course can be seen as a derogatory comment in the face of some, but sometimes complimentary. Arguments can be made over the feasibility of this analogy, but the comparisons can really stop when you begin to discuss natural options and outdoor activities. Silver Lake isn’t an adventurer’s dreamland, but the weather and access to the reservoir make it a decent port if you want be doing some in city exercising.
What Makes It Great
The Silver Lake Reservoir area is made up of two different concrete lined basins that have the potential to provide enough water for up to 600,000 homes in downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, the two reservoirs, divided by a spillway, are not both on the grid right now. Ivanhoe, the smaller section named after the 1819 Sir Walter Scott novel, still is an important part of DWP’s network and holds 795 million gallons of water. The larger of the two, Silverlake reservoir is still filled with water and is home to many birds and other wildlife.
The most notable part of the reservoir perhaps is the running trail that circumnavigates the body of water. The 2.2 mile long loop is actually a surprisingly relaxing way to get a run in the city. It does not feel rural by any means, but it also does not feel entirely urban. The path is well maintained and wide enough for runners to pass each other. You’ll start along Silver Lake Boulevard loop into a nice green space with a dirt path, out onto Silver Lake Drive, and then back around again.
Who is Going to Love It
This is a great spot to run for those runners who want to run outside in nature as opposed to running on those awful treadmills people use in Los Angeles, without having to stress about cars or much of an incline. The hearty long distance runner will most likely not find this spot too interesting as it is only a 2.2 mile loop but many casual runners will love this place. Be slightly wary of the people watchers as this run is smack dab in the middle of a fairly image conscious neighborhood. Just go out there, enjoy the sunshine and have a good time.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Silver Lake Reservoir is not close enough to any freeways or huge roads to make them audible from the area, but it does make parking and getting there a bit complicated. The best bet is to exit the Fletcher Drive exit off of 5 Freeway and take it until you hit Silver Lake Drive. This is a free park, but it does not have great parking. Once you see the reservoir, try to find parking on the side streets in the area. They are, for the most part, free but they may not be easy to find.