Griffith Park 5 Peaks - a Kinder and Gentler Version

  • October 19, 2013 · 9:00 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 5 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 panoramic view of Mt Hollywood, killer incline of Mt. Bell, Hollywood sign at Mt. Lee, the imposing Cahuenga Peak, and Lone Tree at Burbank Peak.

This is a kinder and gentler version of the Griffith Park 9 Peaks hike (http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/138175412/). Both groups will meet at the Lone Tree on top of Burbank Peak to have lunch and party. 

We plan to visit the following 5 peaks:

Mt. Hollywood

Mt. Bell

Mt. Lee

Cahuenga Peak

Burbank Peak

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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Co-hosts: Scott Hathaway

Hike assistants: Dennis Hargrove, George

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Location: Griffith Park, CA

Hike Difficulty: Level 6/10

Distance: 8.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1600'

Time: 6 hours

Trail condition: Single file, rocky trail, no shaded

Water: Minimum 3 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: If you have not done an 8-mile hike with 1500' elevation gain in the past 2 months, you should not attempt this hike. 

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 Mt. Bell is 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the epic trail adventure and loved the peak peeks of LA.

    October 21, 2013

  • Larry T

    Mike, thank you for all the wonderful times that you arranged for us over the past year. Happy Holidays to You and Family.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Mike C.

    It couldn't have been a better day for a season finale 5 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 9 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 Scott. It was due to his expertise that we were able gather for this celebration. We must also thank Dennis for his assistance along the way.

    2 · October 21, 2013

    • Mike C.

      f 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.

      2 · October 21, 2013

  • Vinson

    Thank you, Scott and Mike, for a unique hike with fun companions and amazing views!

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    I am leading a hike the night before to Mt. Hollywood, and another on Sunday for a private company....also to Mt. Hollywood. I think I will only hike part way with your good people. My left leg gives me trouble when I hike too much.

    October 16, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Karine, I did a hike today in GP...about 7 miles with a private company....I had invited you to go

      October 20, 2013

    • Karine

      I know and tks for invitation but I had to work today and I am still at work :( , couldn't find anybody to replace me at work..

      October 20, 2013

  • Karine

    Awesome hike ! Thanks Scott for leading it.

    4 · October 20, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Scott does awesome hike

      October 20, 2013

  • Dalia

    It was an amazing hike, thank you Scott for leading and also everybody else that organized it. We had a beautiful day.

    3 · October 20, 2013

  • Naoko

    Super awesome, thanks Scott for leading and Mike for organizing! It was a bit challenging because of the heat, but my fellow hikers kept me entertained! Thanks for a wonderful day!!!

    3 · October 20, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    Hooray for the Fivers and the Niners! Thanks to our great hosts and organizers. I'll have good memories about this hike for a long time.

    4 · October 19, 2013

  • George

    Thank you Scott, for a great hike! Another wonderful group of fun and friendly hikers. You guys rock! Take a look at the slide show I created.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHt7TByIjYE

    4 · October 19, 2013

    • Larry T

      cool !!!

      1 · October 19, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Nice work George! Thanks!

      1 · October 19, 2013

  • Larry T

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

    October 19, 2013

  • Jenna

    Such a good time. Met some great people. Will definitely do this again. Thank you for being an awesome hike leader Scott!

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Scott H.

    This was fun! Kind and gentle? Not at Mt Bell and Cahuenga Peak! Challenging ascents! The group was awesome! Way to go everyone!

    2 · October 19, 2013

  • George

    Showed up late. I think I missed you guys. I'll see I can catch up.

    October 19, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Glad u made it George, good to see u!

      October 19, 2013

  • jose s.

    Awesome walk kind of camping event. Cool bunch

    October 19, 2013

  • Pamela

    On the hike alone. Didn't see u guys.

    October 19, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Good morning everyone. A beautiful day for a hike!

    October 19, 2013

  • Linda W

    Not feeling well and my knee is a little weak. I'd better not push it with this long intermediate hike. Have fun!

    October 19, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Sorry you're feeling badly. Get well soon, we'lliss you!

      1 · October 19, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Lol miss u ;)

      1 · October 19, 2013

  • Linda W

    Not feeling so well today and my knees are a little weak. Sounds like I shouldn't push it with this long intermediate hike. Have fun!

    October 19, 2013

  • Klear S.

    Hope closed does not mean closed,,,,
    Will stop by w/ +1, and if problematic enjoy the drive and Trail Cafe :-).

    October 19, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Closed means closed.

      October 19, 2013

  • Carmen

    I'm still recovering from a bad knee. I went on a hike tonight (Friday) and my left knee got sore again. As a result, I may not be able to hike tomorrow :(

    October 18, 2013

  • wendy

    not feeling well today. As a result, may not be able to make the hike by 9:00a.m.

    October 18, 2013

  • Batya

    Sorry but I won't be able to make it!

    October 18, 2013

  • wendy

    Mike, is this hike something i can do? I have hiked bridge to nowhere and Mt. Islip and Switzer Falls, and Mt pinos. How does this hike compare? I need to know quickly before i get up to try to make the hike.. please tell me soon. Otherwise, i may have to bail and catch up with you guys on a hike when its a little cooler weatherwise

    October 18, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Mt Islip is harder than this. Bridge to nowhere is longer than this.

      October 18, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Hi everyone, Even though we are kinder and gentler please note this is an 8.5 mile hike with some steep ascents. 6 hours is a long intermediate hike. See you all there!

    October 14, 2013

    • Scott H.

      I understand. Hope to see you next time!

      1 · October 16, 2013

    • wendy

      Scott...you guys are scaring me. I've hiked Mt. pinos, mt. islip and bridge to nowhere. How does this hike compare? I need to know to make a defintive decision to go as i'm not feeling so hot right now

      October 18, 2013

  • Lori S.

    :( I just got a call with a family situation, would drag the family member on the hike but he is not conditioned. I am so jealous, really, really wanted to do this one and I am finally done with taxes for the year :(

    October 18, 2013

  • Larry T

    What time should we be back at the parking lot?

    October 17, 2013

  • jose s.

    How many hours away we will be from the last peak to the cars Does any of the organizers know? Thanks in advance

    October 17, 2013

  • shital

    Sorry. Something came up

    October 16, 2013

  • Batya

    Northern end of the parking lot, not quite sure what is northern end is...Terrible with coordinates!:(

    1 · October 15, 2013

    • Mike C.

      If you face the sun in the morning, north is on your left side.

      1 · October 15, 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

  • Lee Z.

    This would be a hike difficulty of 6/10 were I to rate it. 8.5 miles and 1600 feet gain.....than ain't no easy hike

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Cesar

    This is gonna be a great hike!

    October 14, 2013

  • Batya

    Where do we meet?? Do we meet at the Observatory? Not quite sure!

    October 14, 2013

    • Mike C.

      We will meet at the northern end of the Observatory parking lot.

      1 · October 14, 2013

    • Kim C

      Also... Can we park in the observatory lot all day... Or do we need to park along the road?

      1 · October 14, 2013

  • Rimona

    Will be out of town.

    October 13, 2013

  • Carmen

    I changed my RSVP, mainly because I'm a slower person even on the beginner hikes. I'm strong, just not fast, so I don't want to hold up the group. Have fun!

    September 30, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Who says you have to be fast?

      October 5, 2013

    • Jon B

      Only need to be fast if you plan on outrunning our friendly local mountain lion.

      1 · October 6, 2013

    • Kim C

      Wow, I (almost) hope to never see him. At least not up close.

      October 6, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Lou and his TNTers ran into him one night

      2 · October 6, 2013

  • mayra n.

    Is it imperative that I have hiking poles?

    September 15, 2013

    • Mike C.

      The trail up Mt. Bell is steep and has a sandy base. It would be much easier if you have poles.

      September 15, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Also going up Cahuenga Peak is challenging. You can do it without poles (one is enough) but I have found that having a pole in some of these steep areas is not only more stabilizing, but reassuring.

      1 · September 15, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Our very very very first hike was early July, 2006. I led the group up Razorback to Dante's view. It was HOT. Everybody was after me...."Lee....we're going to kill you" - you see, nobody was in shape. I was the most "in shape" of anybody. Even Ze who was with us, was pooped. (I know most of you have no idea what that means)

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Really??? Ze is in town??? Oh, man, I would love to see him again. I miss the guy.

      September 13, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Our Iron Mountain hike gives many strong hikers a worthwhile reason to show their faces. Ze has been busy documenting trails.

      September 13, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Thanks for mentioning Barry, Mike. Nobody knows him anymore. He originally started the website/club hoping to find a hike leader to help him get it started. I was the one. Barry now lives in Huntington Beach, has a 1 year old baby, and works 16 hours a day (including weekends) as a Financial Planner. He would love to join us again, but circumstances just don't allow it. His company sponsors our Club and he has a little sponsor write-up on the left margin of the website.

    September 13, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Ain' nothing gentle about Cahuenga Peak. I'm just sayin'

    September 13, 2013

  • Rimona

    Hi Mike, I will assist you on the Griffith Park 5 Peaks.

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Thanks for helping Rimona, Dennis, Yolanda! See u there!

      1 · September 11, 2013

    • Rimona

      No problem. Let's touch base when we get closer to the date.

      September 11, 2013

  • Lynn W.

    Mike ~ I guess that's the one I signed up for (5 peaks) as i see my name on that list. Thanks and see you there.

    September 10, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Rimona, Could you assist me in this hike?

    September 8, 2013

  • Mike C.

    This is the first time I used the asking a question feature of the meetup site. Could anyone tell me when you sign up were you asked a question about your recent 8 mile hike?

    September 6, 2013

    • Kim C

      Same thing as Carmen. I did the RSVP on my iPhone and the question popped up but then quickly disappeared.

      September 7, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Thanks.

      September 8, 2013

  • Linda W

    Do you think I can make it, Mike and Scott? It sounds doable.

    September 6, 2013

    • Mike C.

      You should be ok.

      September 6, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Absolutely! You are fine!

      September 6, 2013

  • wendy

    oops...i meant to place the response here. Yes. I was asked. tell me more about how the hike will be to the various peaks.

    September 6, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Please read the trail description.

      September 6, 2013

  • Jon B

    Joined the wait list for the 9-peak (which I would prefer). But will happily join in for this hike just to get out and have a good time :)

    September 6, 2013

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