August 24-Griffith Park
Night hike to Mt Hollywood in Griffith Park
Enjoy the view of the sunset over the ocean, view of the lights of the LA basin and avoid the hottest part of the day. This is a 5.5 mile RT, aprx 1.000 ft gain hike up to the top of Mt Hollywood which overlooks the Griffith Observatory and affords views from downtown LA, to Santa Monica to Glendale.
Meet the leader at Towsley Cyn outside the gate before 5:45 pm for a 5:45 pm departure to the trail head or plan to meet at the trailhead at 6:30 pm. Bring water, snacks or dinner, boots, and trekking poles. Bring a flashlight or headlamp if you are uncomfortable hiking under a partly full moon using your night vision. We’ll eat at the picnic tables on the summit!
To meet at the trailhead, (from Santa Clarita) take I-5 South and exit at Los Feliz. Turn right on Crystal Springs Dr into Griffith Park. Take a left turn at the stop sign after apx 1.5 miles at the sign for Merry Go Round parking lot. Drive up the hill and through the first parking lot, past the Merry Go Round to the second parking lot. We will plan to meet up to start the hike at the NORTH end of the second parking lot. (Note – If there is an event such as the Shakespeare Festival that prevents parking in the 2nd parking lot, alternative parking is usually available in the lot below, but the meeting place at the NORTH end of the second parking lot will not change).
Rating: Moderate for uphill gain