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Griffith Park Semi Beginner Hike @ Merry Go Round Lot

  • Feb 4, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Griffith Park

We'll do our traditional semi beginner hike. It's a semi hilly 4 mile/600 foot hike. This hike is @ 90 minutes.  Most of the elevation gain is going up @ 200 steps in the middle of the hike.


Legend for hikes: These hikes run year 'round every Tuesday. In the leader's (subjective) mind, the hikes are generally easiest the first Tuesday of the month and most challenging the last Tuesday of the month, with everything progressive in between. Beginners are encouraged to come to the first Tuesday of the month. Beginners will receive doses of encouragement the second Tuesday of the month to keep up if unable. The 3-4-5 Tuesday's of the month it is expected anyone that can't keep up with the leader will turn back


The fine print:
Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Polite dogs on leashes are welcomed!

Bring Along:

Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tic spray (available at Sports Chalet) are recommended.

No bright (white) flashlights. Red, Blue flashlights are ok.
If you get to the lot after we meet, Sierra Club hikes start at 7:00PM on the opposite end of the lot.
We do start ON TIME, no matter how much traffic is on the freeways, inside the park, including if our parking lots are being used by movie crews. Allow yourself enough time for any unexpected surprises.

 



From 134 Freeway:
(Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions)

Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Road. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs. There's no street sign at the next stop sign, but there should be a sign in the median stating the Merry Go Round is to the right. Make a right hand turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. Park in the back of the lot (the part you entered in). Meet at the back of the lot, where the driveway to the lower part of the lot is. It's close to the "No Practice Driving Allowed" sign is.

From Interstate 5 (either direction)
Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside drive into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. Park in the back of the lot (the part you entered in). Meet at the back of the lot, where the driveway to the lower part of the lot is. It's close to the "No Practice Driving Allowed" sign is.

Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, just at the path to the lower lot.
If you'd like a visual, here is a map.

http://angeles.sierra ...

CLICK for Visual Map of Driving Directions from Ranger Station


Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:
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  • Teresita

    Excellent!!!

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, we couldn't make it. Hopefully we can start next month

    February 4, 2014

  • Julia

    Still stuck in traffic (110n), i will try to make it by 7

    February 4, 2014

  • DBS

    Did the time change for this? Haven't been in a while but could have sworn it used to start at 6:45, not 6:30?
    Thanks!

    February 4, 2014

  • Mario

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. Stuck at work.

    February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    First hike in LA

    February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    First hike in LA

    February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    First hike in LA.

    February 4, 2014

  • Jennifer T.

    I was looking forward to attending when I saw this today but then realized I am already committed to another event on Saturday. Please keep me posted on future similar events. Have fun on your Saturday spin!

    February 3, 2014

    • Lynda

      This is a Tuesday hike.... :-)

      1 · February 3, 2014

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