Downtown LA to Highland Park

  • January 19, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Congregate between 9:45 and 10 a.m. in the Olive Street lobby of the Biltmore Hotel, across from Pershing Square.  (Not to be confused with the Grand Avenue lobby on the other side of the hotel!)

Promptly at 10 a.m., with or without you, we will start from the Biltmore in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, hike to the east over hills and through off-the-beaten-track neighborhoods, and arrive at Highland Park around 4 p.m., climbing  up and down a number of steep hills and public stairways en route.  Depending on Metro Gold Line and Red Line schedules, we will return from Highland Park to our starting point in Downtown LA between 4:30 and 5 p.m. 

Treat this as a moderately difficult mountain hike of 9 to 10 miles rather than a stroll in the park.  


Points of interest along the route include the Biltmore Hotel, Angel's Flight, Grand Avenue Promenade, Disney Music Center, the new Cathedral, Chinatown, Butterfly Park atop Radio Hill (where, unfortunately, the portal to Planet Krypton has been painted over), a 3/4 mile trek on the pedestrian lane of the Pasadena Freeway, the Los Angeles River, River Gardens Park, Elyria Canyon and Moon Canyon Parks on Mt. Washington, the spacious grounds and gardens of the Yogananda Self-Realization Fellowship Center (also on Mt. Washington with dramatic views of the city and mountains), and a half-dozen public stairways including a precipitous descent on the fabled Eldred Stairs from Mt. Washington to Highland Park.

We make extended stops (which include restrooms) at two of the most pleasant and least known scenic attractions in Los Angeles--about one-third of the way into the hike at River Gardens Park and about two-thirds of the way at the Self-Realization Fellowship Center.

Bring water and pack a lunch.  We will eat on the grounds of the Self-Realization Center shortly after 1 p.m., far from the city crowds and far from anywhere to purchase food.  Wear comfortable walking or running shoes and sunscreen or a hat as we will be exposed to the sun most of the hike.

We will return from Highland Park to Downtown LA via the Metro Gold Line to Union Station and then transfer to the Red Line for the final segment to Pershing Square and the Biltmore Hotel.  Bring $4.00 ($1.00 to purchase a TAP card, unless you already have one, $1.50 for the Gold Line fare and $1.50 for the Red Line fare).

The Pershing Square Metro station is only a block away from the Biltmore Hotel.  You can park in the garage under Pershing Square--the weekend all-day rate was $6 or $7 last time I checked. 

If you take the Metro instead of driving to this meetup, particularly if you transfer to the Red Line from the Gold Line, Blue Line or Expo Line, be sure to check timetables and plan accordingly.  Give yourself extra time to catch the Metro and make your way to the Biltmore Hotel Olive Street lobby before we depart at 10 a.m. 

My mobile number is[masked]-0168.  (No, I won't hold up the rest of the group if you are late and phone me saying you are "only" five minutes away.)

Since I limit the number of participants please do not RSVP "Yes" unless you mean it.

Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants assume all associated risks. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate, with appropriate provisions and equipment. The Los Angeles Hiking Meetup group and the hike organizer make no warranties about the safety or supervision of these activities.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A wonderful urban hike! Thank you!

    January 21, 2014

  • Loretta (Lori) M.

    This was a great urban walk. Thanks for the careful planning & expert executing. We covered lots of territory.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • amsron

    Really challenging for me, but these are things I'll most likely never see again so it was worth the effort. Tuck is very laid back, friendly and knowledgeable.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved this hike!

    January 19, 2014

    • Jane

      Hey! So great meeting you! Will keep you posted on future events I attend so we can meet up again!

      January 19, 2014

  • Estellaleigh F.

    That's what I call a Sunday stroll. Friendly people, bun shaping stairs, bbq tips, panoramic views. Thanks Tuck!

    January 19, 2014

  • Magdalena

    Awesome! Thank you Tuck!!!

    January 19, 2014

  • Rick N.

    Wow, what a terrific hike. Tuck really knows his stuff. I'm looking forward to the next one. PS: Pics to follow. You people look FABULOUS!

    January 19, 2014

  • Michael

    Tuck was a great leader, took head counts throughout the hike and gave interesting info along the way. Plus i met a lot of great folks. And Moses thanks for sweeping.

    January 19, 2014

  • Tuck

    There always are last-minute dropouts. If you will be able to join us Sunday morning, should your RSVP be changed to "yes" by Saturday late afternoon, post a note to that effect.

    January 17, 2014

  • Rick N.

    I am keeping Sunday open in case my wait-listed spot becomes a "yes." On a related note, it's just sweltering out there. Maybe some of you would prefer going to the beach... ;)

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Carmen

    I'm considering taking public transportation this time. There's one that leaves from Hollywood at 9:00am and arrives at about 10:05am. Any chances the groups will still be at the meeting point?

    January 15, 2014

    • Tuck

      No, I won't hold the entire group for late arrivals.
      Take the Metro Red Line instead of the bus. There are stations at Hollywood/Highland, Hollywood/Vine, Hollywood/Western, and Sunset/Vermont. Trains runs every 15 minutes on Sunday and you'll be at Pershing Square in 12 to 18 minutes, depending on whether you start at Highland or Vermont.­

      January 16, 2014

    • Carmen

      Thank you for your reply!

      January 16, 2014

  • Estellaleigh F.

    Don't worry Tuck, I'll keep up, this is my "hood" I know what to expect.

    January 15, 2014

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