Elysian Park Hike

Intermediate Hike Level 5 out of 10

Distance: under 6 miles round trip



Time:  under 3 hours.

Beginner's Conditioning OK (those beginners who are fairly fit, but new to hiking...because the distance is about 8 miles, true beginners should not come even though there is not a whole lot of climbing to do).

Attractions at Elysian Park: LA Police academy, Dodger's Stadium, the Jungle area where Tarzan was filmed and housed many previously historical Hang out spots to many of the Los Angeles' barrio gangs in the 70's. (Blvd. Nights, movie reference)

Directions:  Going north on Broadway, turn left on Meadow Road.  It is the entry way into the Park and very obvious as it looks different than any other side street.  (green lawns and trees...no buildings)  You will see a sign (plaque) on a large stone on your left on the ground that says Portola Trail.

This turn off is just before the bridge that goes over the LA River.\  Parking along the road on either side

This is sign at entrance to Park off Broadway

Attention:There will be Inclines, trails, fire roads, paved roads, one shot at climbing, NO jumping,  some fast and slow walking.  By many standards this is not a difficult hike, but I guarantee you will feel that you had a good workout nonetheless.

The destination and the "amount of stops" are at the discretion of the Hike leader totally.

Bring plenty of water and snacks.  We will stop a picnic tables for a rest stop.

Dogs OK

WON KOK Restaurant in Chinatown after the hike for anyone interested.  It is located at Alpine and Spring.  They aren't fancy.....Prices are very reasonable, and they pour on the food.

Lee Zebold - Hike Leader

 

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  • Michael D.

    Thanks Lee for yet another great hike!

    September 29, 2013

  • Yesenia

    Great hike Lee! I enjoyed everyone's company and the walk through Elysian Park. I just think I was counterproductive at the restaurant but the food was good! Worth it! :)

    September 29, 2013

    • Jim

      Yeah, you should have been grading papers! ;-)

      September 29, 2013

  • Paul G

    Thanks Lee for a great hike.

    September 29, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Awesome hike. Thanks for leading, Lee.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was short and sweet. It had it's UPS and downs. I will remember this and all the folks I bumped into for a long time. Thank you Lee.

    September 28, 2013

  • George

    It was a fun hike with a joyous group. I made a special slideshow for our enjoyment. Special thanks to Vince for sharing his pics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo1Ju7XzVKY

    3 · September 28, 2013

    • BJORN

      So truly great to relive the day in his way!

      1 · September 28, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      George...that is fantastic. Thank you

      1 · September 28, 2013

  • Rimona

    Thank you fire leading the hike Lee

    September 28, 2013

  • BJORN

    Truly a most magnificent adventure!!!! So much varied landscape! Such very Fine Hiking Folk. The Wisdome of our leader Lee Zebold
    to make this Adventure happen.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Everyone on this hike today....thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can't tell you how much I love doing these hikes, and finding joy in everyone. It picks me up. it makes my day. you all are the ginchiest. (Oh, you don't know what the means....ha ha...you have to remember the Sunset Strip TV series. That's all I'm gonna say 'bout it.)

    5 · September 28, 2013

  • Vince

    Thank you Jen S for taking that poor dog to the shelter!

    September 28, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Ditto Vince's statement.

      September 28, 2013

  • Lori S.

    Thank you so much for arranging this hike! It was a great adventure and nice to see so many people with smiles on their faces enjoying our beautiful Southern California!

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Yes Lori....I keep saying this...has anyone noticed the sky in the last few weeks - how totally blue it is....I have never seen it like this before

      September 28, 2013

  • Rimona

    new hiking park. lived it

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Jen X.

    Thanks Lee for a fun hike....good seeing everyone
    Rescued a white/brown puppy at the end of our hike.
    Vanessa and I took her to Lacy Animal Shelter.
    Anyone who live close by there might want to post a sign by Solano
    / Broadway....hope she will reunite with the owner
    Dog has a pink collar but no tag - a tiny shi tsu white/ brown dog

    3 · September 28, 2013

  • sondra

    Great hike Lee, fun, informative, lots of shade, great pace for the heat thanks!!!

    September 28, 2013

  • Ashley

    Running a little late, will catch up if you guys leave before i get there

    September 28, 2013

  • Mario

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. I was rear-ended and back hurts.

    September 27, 2013

    • Steve

      Although we never met, I am sorry to have heard about your accident. I would not ignore this but to check it out with a qualified health care professional. Back injuries if not treated in time could have long-term serious consequences. Please take care of yourself.

      September 27, 2013

    • Mario

      Thank you Steve. That is exactly what I'm doing. I can't wait to get back on the trails.

      September 27, 2013

  • Monte

    Gold Line to Chinatown and then walk up from there..........

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone in South Pasadena or Pasadena I can carpool with?

    1 · September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Rimona, yes, I can meet you! Let me know where and at what time :)

      September 26, 2013

    • Rimona

      Call me if you can[masked]

      September 27, 2013

  • Kate F.

    This sounds like a great hike, Lee. Wish I could make it but I have a half marathon tomorrow on Catalina Island. Have fun. See you next time.

    September 27, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Catalina Is.....how cool. Good luck.

      September 27, 2013

  • Efrain

    IM BAAAAAAAAAACK! Cant wait to go hiking! Its been too long!

    September 27, 2013

  • George

    I'm driving in from Santa Clarita if anyone is interested in carpooling.

    September 24, 2013

    • sondra

      will you be driving past Sherman oaks if so i can meet you

      September 26, 2013

    • George

      Hi Sondra, I'll be taking I-5 frwy. Sherman Oaks will be off my route this time.

      September 27, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    I have reduced the time line and the rating to a 5. We will not be 4 hours for sure....under 3.

    2 · September 26, 2013

  • sondra

    If anyone wants to carpool from the SFV let me know, or george if you want to swing by Sherman Oaks I am right off the 101/405/170. My car fits 5 also.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Along the road. No pass.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Rimona

    HI Lee...where do we park? Do we need a pass???

    September 25, 2013

  • Jen X.

    Lee, thanks for the description and rating on this hike....but would you rate the hike we did Saturday night "Full moon hike"? I want to get a feel to see if I can make this Elysian Park hike before I sign up.
    Thanks

    September 23, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Mt. Hollywood was more difficult as it was a constant uphill track. Elysian Park does not have the large hills like GP. Therefore it easier. It is only rated a 5 or 6 because of distance. We will probably hike 2 more miles on this one than we did on the Full Moon hike.

      September 24, 2013

    • Jen X.

      Cool....thanks

      September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lee are you willing to hike this trail on Sunday again?

    September 23, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      I can do Sundays.....but not THIS Sunday

      September 24, 2013

  • Rimona

    Just so you know, it's going to be in the 90's again this weekend.

    September 24, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Mid 80's in Elysian Park

      September 24, 2013

  • Yesenia

    Hello Lee,

    Wish I could join but I will work that Saturday. Hopefully, you will post another in the near future.

    September 17, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Sorry to hear that Yessie.... hope to see you again soon

      September 22, 2013

  • Mario

    Looking forward

    September 22, 2013

  • Mario

    This was my very hike with this group a couple of years ago.

    September 22, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    If anyone would like to go to Chinatown afterward for a meal at Won Kok....that will be my destination.

    September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm in too.

      September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just my level of hiking.

    September 14, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Lee and gang, wish Tilly-dog and I could join you. I have a 10am appointment that morning :( Next time!

    September 13, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      We will miss you Chris. You always bring positive vibes to our hikes.

      1 · September 14, 2013

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