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Debs Park

Oh Nooooo! Now that the Weekly’s “Best of LA” issue has shared the formerly well-kept secret of Debs Park  with however-many-million other Angelinos, we’ll never get a parking space. But if we act quickly (e.g., this Saturday), we may still be able to get in a little time in before trailaggeddon creeps in.

All of you beginners who have passed on our recent hikes, this one’s for you. (Children with some hiking experience welcome, no leash required.)

All of you regulars, this is still a beauty to do at least once if you haven’t yet.

We’ll take the Walnut Forest/Summit View fire road trails up, with clear day views of the San Gabriels and Mt. Baldy before arriving in no time at the tranquil Debs Lake. We’ll take the single track City View Trail down, which delivers on its name with both the downtown skyline to the South and the old Southwest Museum and other Mount Washington landmarks to the West.

Before you hit the road, hit the website for the awesome Audubon Center  on site to learn a little about the plants, animals and winged creatures we'll encounter on site.

Level: Easy/Beginner

Gain : About 700 feet

Distance:         About 3 miles

Time:              1-1/2 to 2 hours

Type:              Fire road/single track trail/loop

Dogs:              Permitted on leash

Restrooms       At Audubon Nature Center

Water:            Available at Nature Center

Parking:          Free lot on site (if gate isn’t open yet, park on Griffin Blvd. and             pass through the open pedestrian gate adjacent to the driveway and walk up the                 driveway to the Nature Center.

Bring:            Cameras, water, sunscreen, a hat, and some snacks to share.

Those who want a more challenging workout might want to check out another option for this week, but since we’re starting early, you may be able to do this AND make another hike later in the day.


From Pasadena (110 South):
Exit at Avenue 52
Take a left, over the Arroyo
Avenue 52 becomes Griffin Avenue
Entrance will be on the left, across from the Montecito Soccer Fields

From Downtown Los Angeles (110 North):
Exit at Avenue 43 ("Lummis Home")                                                                           Turn right at the end of the off ramp onto Ave. 43 and then left on Griffin Avenue     Continue on Griffin until you reach the park entrance on your right (across from Montecito Soccer Fields)

Here’s a map.

Heavy rain Saturday morning cancels; check this site before leaving to confirm if you're unsure.

Shawn’s mobile: 213/[masked]


Two other items of note:

● "After the Fire," a dramatic and inspiring film about the Seton Hall University fire edited by own fearless leader Antonio, will be screened in its 40-minute version at 1 pm daily from Sat. Oct. 14 – through Oct. 20 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theater, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046. More information about and reviews of the film here and the trailer can be viewed here.

          You may already have seen the link (courtesy to Dustin Farrell’s Landscapes: Vol. 2, a stunning time-lapse video of day and night landscapes in Arizona and Utah. But if not, it’ll be an enjoyable 3-1/2 minute virtual staycation until the next time you can hit the trails for real.


The organizer, assistant organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/ or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer, assistant organizers and event hosts of this Meetup group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • Ha

    Most enjoyable hike! Hope Shawn does this hike again! :)

    October 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the views and this was a beatiful parj that I never knew existed!

    October 16, 2011

  • Hendra W.

    Great, nice place, close by.

    October 15, 2011

  • Paul D.

    It's a beautiful place. Kind of a more urban Griffith Park.

    October 15, 2011

  • mary

    I have wanted to hike here for a long time but never had a chance. So thank you Shawn and Antonio. It was really beautiful. Also thank you for Vinson and Lourdes for the photos taken.

    October 15, 2011

  • Vinson

    Well-organized hike by Shawn. Plenty of photo opportunities, thanks to Mary and Lourdes.

    October 15, 2011

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