The trailhead begins at the far end of the parking lot (north end) by the Railroad Ride. If you get there by 8:30am there should be plenty of parking as the rides don't open until 10am. There is an overflow lot in case it gets full for some reason -- it is a holiday and it can get busy -- but at 8:45am we expect that parking should be fine.
We will be crossing TWO busy traffic lanes over Crystal Springs Dr. before we get to the main trail head so stay vigilant. We will have someone monitor the oncoming traffic when we cross. We will begin at the Lower Beacon Hill Trail connecting to the Coolidge Trail which we will take to the top of Beacon Hill, where we will either turn around after a short rest and rehydration, and return the same way, or continue over the other side and return via the Fern Canyon Trail which passes by the Fern Canyon Nature trail, the Griffith Park Carousel, and picks up along the 5 Fwy (Main Trail).
The weather may be hot, so dress accordingly, wear hats, and bring PLENTY of water for hydration, for you AND your dog. As it is a holiday, there may be lots of traffic on the trails, such as hikers, hikers with dogs, horseback riders, rattlesnakes (rare) and the occasional Park Ranger in a truck or golf cart. Please follow the general LARPBO rules of conduct while on this hike. This hike is considered moderate to strenuous, as it is a mostly uphill grade with few level passages. At the very top of the Beacon Hill grade is a rest area with picnic tables, and a water fountain to rehydrate and refill water containers. If we do decide to return via Fern Canyon, be aware that when we arrive at the Carousel, this is Griffith Park Center, and there will most likely be a lot of activity going on in that area, such as the Carousel running, picnickers, kids, dogs, music…in other words, distraction central!
DURATION: Approximately 3 hours
DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Strenuous
DISTRACTION LEVEL: Moderate to High (other hikers, dogs, horses)
If your dog tends to be reactive to any of these distractions, please be EXTRA mindful and prepared.
WEATHER: Expected to be sunny in the mid to high 70s
In consideration of everyone's time, please be prompt. We will begin our walk at 9:00 AM.
LARPBO Pack Walk Guidelines:
# 1 All dogs must be on a secure collar and leash. Dogs using e-collars must also be on a leash. Prong collars should be backed up with a carabiner. Short leashes are recommended (less than 6 feet). Retractable leashes are not allowed as it provides little control.
#2 PLEASE NO NOSE TO NOSE CONTACT (dog to dog that is). We recommend maintaining a six-foot distance.
#3 Please bring doggie poo bags.
#4 Make sure you bring water for you and your dog.
#5 One dog per handler.
All breeds welcome.
If you have additional questions, please read the full basic LARPBO rules of conduct in the discussion forum.