MEETING: Look for us either in front of the mansion or just up the street on Curson behind the mansion. We will try to find a shady spot for the picnic.
Where: 1824 N. Curson Ave. Hollywood, CA 90046
When: May 3, 2014 - Picnic 12:00PM - Hike at 2:00 PM
Metro: Bus route 217, walk from subway station is ½ mile
Note: The easiest parking is just south of Hollywood Blvd., walk up Curson to the mansion.
Leaders: Russell Hammerl [masked] & Dennis Strayhan [masked]
What could be better for a Saturday afternoon than a picnic on the front lawn and a hike in the hills. Great Outdoors will provide sandwiches and chips for a simple picnic lunch in front of the famous Wattles Mansion followed by a hike in the celebrity filled Runyon Canyon.
In 1907 the architectural firm Hunt and Grey designed the Wattles Mansion in the Mission Revival style. Other developments by this firm are the Beverly Hills Hotel, Huntington Library, and Pasadena's Rose Bowl. There are still remnants of the Japanese Garden, Italian Rose Garden, Spanish Garden, Palm Court, and orchards. Now the lower portion of the estate is a community vegetable garden. The home is the last remaining example of a winter estate, which was once common in Hollywood for wealthy Eastern families prior to the development of the film industry.
In very close proximity to the Wattles Mansion is Runyon Canyon, which we will walk to after the picnic. The lower loop hike is approximately 2 miles with an elevation gain 500 feet. The trail passes the ruins of a pool house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and lived in for several years by Errol Flynn. We’ll have panoramic views of the L A basin and possibly a celebrity sightings. Dogs are very welcome on the trails and are allowed to go off leash in sections of the park.
A note to subway riders: the Red Line goes directly beneath Runyon. The highest point in the park is 1,320 ft. and on clear days you can see Catalina Island. An interesting note to subway riders: The Red Line goes directly beneath Runyon.