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Griffith Park 9 Peaks - a Trail Runner Version

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  • On this special occasion near the end of the season, I call upon all trail runners 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.

    This event is only for trail runners. If you do not intend to run, please join hiker's version of this event. 

    This is the link to the page.


    Organizer: Mike Cheng

    Co-hosts: Mark (ex-weekend sailor)

    Hike assistants: 


    Location: Griffith Park, CA

    Hike Difficulty: Advanced, Level 7/10

    Distance: 11.5 miles

    Elevation Gain: 3000'

    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


    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.


    Trail description:

    We will be running 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%. 


    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.



    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:

    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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  • Ken S.

    RSVP's closed a week before ??????????????

    October 13, 2013

    • Mark (.

      Mike ???

      October 13, 2013

    • Mike C.

      RSVR close date was fixed.

      October 13, 2013

  • jon

    Sorry guys, I was looking forward to trail running with this group.
    but I will not be able to make it. I'll be cheering my GF at the Nike Half Marathon that weekend in San Francisco. jon

    October 8, 2013

  • Mike C.

    This event is only for trail runners. If you do not plan to run, please join hikers' version of this event on the same day. This is the link to the event page.­

    September 10, 2013


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