Griffith Park 9 Peaks - a Season Finale

  • October 19, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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On this special occasion near the end of the season, I call upon you all to come home.

Come home to Griffith Park.  Let's pay tribute to the 9 Peaks that are our backbone and share with all your exploits. 

Griffith Park was where Lee and Barry led the first hike in 2006. In our heart and mind, it has always been a very special place. The mountains and peaks of Griffith Park are like our home away from home.

Looking back 2013, our members have been busy. They have visited many exotic locations throughout California, Arizona and all over the world. 

As the season winds down, it is time for us to reflect upon where it all started: the long ascent of Beacon Hill, beautiful vista of Glendale Peak, panoramic view of Mt Hollywood, killer incline of Mt. Bell and Mt. Chapel, Hollywood sign at Mt. Lee, the imposing Cahuenga Peak, Lone Tree at Burbank Peak, and giant boulders at Bee Rock.

A kinder and gentler 5 peaks hike has been scheduled on the same day. It will start from Griffith Observatory and visit Mt. Hollywood, Mt. Bell, Mt. Lee, Cahuenga Peak and Burbank Peak. 

Both groups will meet at the Lone Tree on top of Burbank Peak around noon to have lunch and party. If you are on the waiting list and not moving up, please sign up for the 5 peak hike. 

This is the link.  http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/138765262/

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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Co-hosts: Shannon A

Hike assistants: Vince, Hex C

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Location: Griffith Park, CA

Hike Difficulty: Advanced, Level 7/10

Distance: 11.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 3000'

Time: 7 hours

Trail condition: Single file, rocky trail, no shaded

Water: Minimum 4 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)

Guest: no

Dog: no

Toilette: at the trail head

Parking: Parking lot

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What to bring: hat, sunscreen, hiking poles, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, and the usual stuff.

Proficiency: Anyone interested in participating in this event must share with me your hiking activities during the past 3 months to substantiate your proficiency before your name will be added to the list.

Early departure: If you need to be separated from the group for any reason, you must inform the hiker leader. Not knowing your whereabouts may prompt us to report your missing to proper authority for further actions.

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Trail description:

We will be hiking on single-file trails and fire roads. The trail leading up to Beacon Hill is steep.  It has a 25-35% grade.  The trail to Mt. Bell and Mt. Chapel are very steep.  It has a 35-45% grade.  In addition, the trail has a base of loose rock and sand.  It is slippery.  you will need to use hiking poles here. The trail leading up to Cahuenga Peak is rocky and steep. Its grade is 30-40%. 

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Waiting list priority: 

People who hike with me or with Los Angeles Hiking Group frequently will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

No show policy: 

If you sign up for an event and no show, you will either lose your waiting list priority or not be able to sign up for the next event.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, 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 (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/

Profile Photo:

Members interested in joining this hike must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of the L.A. Hiking Group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up.

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  • rosa

    Thanks Mike for organizing all these awesome hikes in the last 10 months. Looking forward to the next season. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISTER CHENG!

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Mike C.

    It couldn't have been a better day for a season finale 9 Peaks hike, sunny but not too hot. Everyone's spirit was high, counting each peak as we progressed.

    Meeting our founder Lee Zebold at Dante's Garden and the 5 Peaks hikers at Mt. Hollywood were pleasant and timely surprises.

    If we look back, it has been 10 months. Holiday season will soon be upon us. There will be many get-together parties and holiday celebrations.

    When you meet your family and close friends during these events, I ask that you keep your hiking friends in your mind and wish for their good health, happiness and prosperity for years to come.

    Let me take this moment to recognize those who made this event possible. First and foremost, we must thank Shannon. It is due to her expertise that we were able gather for this celebration.

    We must also thank Vince for his assistance along the way. Hex was not able to join us due to car problem, but he has been a great help throughout the whole season.

    4 · October 20, 2013

    • Mike C.

      If I don't see you before the holiday, let me wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and happy new year. I will take my winter sabbatical after the Iron Mountain hike.

      3 · October 20, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    I just wanted to congratulate everyone on a job well done! We kept a good pace and made great time in spite of the heat... You all did a great job and should be proud of yourselves!

    2 · October 20, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Our whole hike was 6hrs with over an hrs worth of total break time. U guys rock!

      1 · October 20, 2013

  • Chris W.

    This was a really fun day, and I enjoyed the great company. Thanks Mike, Shannon and Scott for this end-of-season extravaganza!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Larry T

    Awesome hike. So good to see everyone. Thank you Scott, Mike and everyone else.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • George

    Showing some love for the 9 Peaks crew. Enjoy your slide show.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqf0ofUFEGI

    3 · October 19, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      That's pretty cool George, Ty!

      1 · October 19, 2013

  • Henry

    Awesome hike with wonderful people. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Mike and Shannon for presenting such a great hike!!!

    2 · October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, thank you for organizing this grand tour of Griffith Park's top nine peaks "BGHBCLCBB". It was a fun group with strong hikers.

    3 · October 19, 2013

  • Yesenia

    Thank you Mike & Shannon for a wonderful hike to all 9 hikes in Griffith Park! I enjoyed every minute. :)

    3 · October 19, 2013

  • Tracy

    Great hike! It kicked my butt but I it was a great time. Thank you Mike and Shannon!

    5 · October 19, 2013

  • Hex C.

    Got a dead battery this morning, still going to Griffith maybe we'll cross paths

    October 19, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Ok, see u on the trail hopefully.

      October 19, 2013

  • Larry T

    Running late, will join Scott's group

    October 19, 2013

  • Efrain

    Running late! Please let me know if you're starting off from the left or right trails and what hill you're going for first. I'll catch up =)

    October 19, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      We're doing Beacon first and then Glendale.

      October 19, 2013

  • Hex C.

    Griffith Park was my introduction to hiking and the LA hiking group. It continues to enthrall me with new trails and challenges even after many years. I look forward to sharing this journey to with the whole group.

    5 · September 3, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Hex, Could you assist me in this hike?

      September 6, 2013

    • Hex C.

      I'll do what I can

      October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute family obligation to take care of. Sorry..

    October 17, 2013

  • Larry T

    Will we be back in the parking lot by 3PM?

    October 17, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Maybe a bit later than 3 pm, depending on how much time we spend on top of Burbank Peak.

      October 17, 2013

  • sondra

    Sadly I must give up my spot, Mike I hope you do this again. Sadly I will be on a 10 day carribean cruise, I really need it though I work too hard please do this again

    1 · October 12, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Sadly??? I would think you would be joyous to be on a cruise. I sure would be... Fear not...we will be having more cool hikes after this one.

      3 · October 16, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone, It would be a good idea to bring along a small picnic blanket to sit on at the Burbank Peak.

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Ann

    I soooo want to do these hikes...didn't realize there is a season finale....does this mean there will not be anymore hikes after this? Have other commitments next week...so bummed.!

    October 13, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Hi Ann, yes, there will be hikes throughout the year. This is the summer season finale. With shorter, colder, days and daylight savings time kicking in a lot of hikers go into hibernation. I used to be a fair weather hiker but am now active year round.

      2 · October 14, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Would anyone like to carpool from the valley? Sherman Oaks area?

    October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Amanda, I can carpool with you if you are driving. I am near Trader Joes on Riverside Drive.

      October 14, 2013

    • Amanda S.

      Perfect. Brian message me your number.

      October 14, 2013

  • Mimi W.

    Sorry I had to cancelled the hike, hope you'll do more hikes in winter.

    October 14, 2013

  • Mike C.

    If you are on the waiting list and not moving up, please consider signing up for the kinder and gentler 5 peaks hike. Its total distance is 8.5 miles with 1600' elevation gain. It has been scheduled on the same day. We will start from Griffith Observatory and visit the following 5 peaks: Mt. Hollywood,
    Mt. Bell,
    Mt. Lee,
    Cahuenga Peak and
    Burbank Peak. Both groups will meet at the Lone Tree on top of Burbank Peak around noon to have lunch and party. This is the link. http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/138765262/

    September 6, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Yoon, That is not a problem.

      October 2, 2013

    • Yoon m.

      Thank you, Mike always :-) I will rsvp again when I am sure I can make it.

      October 3, 2013

  • Nichole M.

    I love hiking griffith i always hike griffith park every weekend im up here so please put me on the list thank you very much

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking to hitch a ride with anyone passing through Sherman Oaks area.

    September 17, 2013

    • sondra

      I live in sherman oaks by the whole fpods east

      September 17, 2013

  • Brena

    I'm sorry but unfortunetely I won't be able to attend this hike, I just remembered I have a baby shower to go on that day.

    September 10, 2013

  • Lynn W.

    Hey Mike ~ I RSVP'd the day you posted this but it's not showing me anywhere. I hope I'm included. I plan to drive with Amanda.

    September 10, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Hi Lynn, This hike has a proficiency requirement. Please read about it in the event description. From your hiking history, I am not certain this hike is within your reach. Please consider the kinder and gentler 5 peaks version.

      September 10, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Vince, Could you assist me in this hike?

    September 6, 2013

    • Vince

      You bet Mike

      1 · September 6, 2013

  • Yoon m.

    I have hiked the each peak or 2~3 combined peaks of Griffith Parks so far, but I have never done the all 9 main peaks in one hike. Since I love to hike Griffith Park, this is an absolutely great idea! I appreciate all event hosts to organize this wonderful hiking and I am looking forward to it!

    1 · September 5, 2013

    • Rimona

      I've done the 9 Peak 2 years ago...and it was so brutal, because we did it in July or August (don't remember) and we started around 11 am....so I'm happy it's in October this time. I'll be much cooler and we start a 8am...very smart choice

      September 6, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I plan to arrange a shorter hike, 6-7 miles, on the same day with a different start time to cover Mt. Hollywood,
    Mt Lee,
    Cahuenga Peak,
    Burbank Peak, and
    Bee Rock. We will time it so that both groups will arrive at Long Tree on Burbank Peak at the same time and hike downhill together as one large group. We plan to arrive at Burbank Peak between 12:00 - 12:30 noon. We will have lunch and celebrate here.

    With this arrangement, we will be able to accommodate a much wider range of hikers. Anyone who find the 9-peak hike challenging could sign up for the 5-peak hike.

    Scott, Could you lead the 5 peak hike?

    September 5, 2013

    • Kristi

      This sounds good. I would like to do the shorter hike

      September 5, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Happy to lead the 5 peaks version, no problem!

      September 5, 2013

  • Manish

    It says No Spots Left but I keep seeing the number attending increase, and the wait list increase too. How does this work?

    September 5, 2013

    • Mike C.

      This is an advanced hike. Therefore, it has a proficiency requirement. Please read about it in the event page. Please note that I plan to schedule an easier and shorter 5 peak hike on the same day to accommodate more hikers.

      September 5, 2013

    • Manish

      Ok. Thanks.

      September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Mike. Looking forward to this 9 peaks hike. Hope the weather is not in the 100's !

    September 5, 2013

    • Mike C.

      According to Los Angeles weather almanac, it should be much cooler in late October.

      September 5, 2013

  • Mike C.

    The schedule has been moved up to Saturday, 10/19.

    September 5, 2013

    • Yesenia

      Thank you Mike for leading the most fun and amazing hikes! I can't wait to end the season with a blast! I'm looking forward to this great hike (9 peaks) with so many great folks. :)

      1 · September 5, 2013

    • Mike C.

      You are welcome.

      September 5, 2013

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