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Griffith Park Trail Hike

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 holidaand 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.

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  • judi a.

    Driving and can't find is it adult or kiddie train

    September 2, 2013

    • Joellyn M.

      Sorry, Judi...didn't see this earlier, but sure glad you found us!! :-D

      September 2, 2013

  • Joellyn M.

    Just in case not everyone saw my post on the LARPBO group page, I just want to give a heads up that we found a tick on Yoda when he was having his bath, so please check your furbabies over really well! Not pleasant, but these are the kinds of things they can pick up when hiking the trails :(

    September 2, 2013

  • Joellyn M.

    Great hike, great company, and wonderful dogs all! Thanks, everyone for sharing one of our favorite hikes with us! See you all at the next one!

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Matt L.

    Great people and great dogs. Very nice hiking trail with great views.

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Gina Lorraine S.

    Mmmkay. I'm lost. I can't find anything anywhere that says railroad ride. Is that like "travel town"?

    1 · September 2, 2013

    • Joellyn M.

      Riverside Drive and Los Feliz, turn into park entrance train is past pony rides on right. We're here[masked]

      September 2, 2013

  • Matt R.

    Count me out. I slept in a little too late. Don't think I'll make it from Long Beach in time now. Looks like a solo walk on Signal Hill for me.

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • judi a.

    just did 3 hours with Dog Man and still looking forward to tomorrow, yeah!

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Mandy

    We are iffy as well...Today on the Fryman hike it got hot around 9:30, and there's shade...Gonna see how hot it's gonna be. Thanks!

    2 · August 31, 2013

    • Joellyn M.

      If we don't see you tomorrow we'll see you another time. :)

      September 1, 2013

  • Jaclyn

    Alright unfortunately I think me and the little man may have to catch up with you guys next weekend. I think I may be coming down with something:( have fun on the hike and we're looking forward to meeting up next time around!!!

    1 · September 1, 2013

    • Joellyn M.

      No worries, Jaclyn. We have pack walks on a pretty regular basis :) See you at the next one!

      September 1, 2013

  • Laurie

    I rsvp'd but I'm iffy so don't wait on me. I'm notorious about not getting up in the mornings but it should be cooler on Monday and Paloma and I want to go.

    2 · August 31, 2013

    • Sammi M.

      Ok.

      August 31, 2013

    • Joellyn M.

      I'd say we'd wait a little, but we need to get on the trail as early as possible. The weather report keeps changing, and I'm worried it's going to be warmer than was originally forecast.

      1 · August 31, 2013

  • Jaclyn

    Hey gang! First timer over here! I was just wondering, does one have to complete the whole 3 hour hike or if I decide my dog and I have had enough, are we able to split from the group and head back?

    ...hey! in my defense, I just moved here from Chicago...there was much hiking to be done there;)

    -Jaclyn

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Joellyn M.

      Hi, Jaclyn! Welcome! Yes, you may head back at any time you wish. We haven't determined yet if we will do the whole loop. I guess it will depend on how pooped everyone is by the time they get to the top of the mountain. :) If we decide to come back the same way, the hike is a little shorter--around 3 miles instead of 4. Looking forward to meeting you! Who is your fur baby?

      3 · August 28, 2013

    • Jaclyn

      Thank you! The fur baby (or lack there of bc he's a little on the fur challenged side) is Wyatt and we are both totally looking forward to meeting everyone!!!

      2 · August 31, 2013

  • Helen

    My besties' dad has a five month old,totally adorable, chocolate pittie. OMG I am in love. I have invited him to join me and Buzz for the hike and talked about training with LARPBO. He is a bit "old school" with his thinking about dogs, ie he doesn't want to get Malone fixed :-/ but I have been planting the seed and my goal is if he enjoys and sees the benefit of our group, and joins us then together we can change his mind. :)

    2 · August 28, 2013

  • Christine V.

    Aww this seems like too long of a walk for Bear..I can see if I can bring penny but she is normally exhausted from nosework the night before

    August 27, 2013

    • Joellyn M.

      Well, we hope you can make it, Christine, but we understand if you can't. I know there's another hike going on Saturday, that you might want to join :)

      August 28, 2013

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