Downtown Los Angeles to Highland Park

  • November 24, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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Walk off those Thanksgiving calories.  We start at 9:00 a.m. from the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, hike to the east over hills and through off-the-beaten-track neighborhoods, and arrive at Highland Park betweeen 2:30 and 3:00 p.m., climbing  up and down a number of steep hills and public stairways en route.  Treat this as a moderately difficult mountain hike of 9 to 10 miles rather than a stroll in the park.

NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

Points of interest along the route include the Biltmore Hotel, Angel's Flight, Grand Avenue Promenade, Disney Music Center, the new Cathedral, Chinatown, a rare public portal to Planet Krypton in Butterfly Park atop Radio Hill, Steelhead Park on the Los Angeles River (once a prime site for trout fishing), River Gardens Park, Elyria Canyon and Moon Canyon Parks on Mt. Washington, and the grounds of the Yogananda Self-Realization Fellowship, also on Mt. Washington with dramatic views of the city and mountains.  (Note: the Lincoln Park Gold Line Metro Station is only a few blocks from River Gardens Park about halfway through the hike.)

Wear comfortable walking or running shoes and sunscreen or a hat as we will exposed to the sun most of the hike. Bring water and pack a lunch.

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

Congregate between 8:45 and 9:00 am in the Olive Street lobby of the Biltmore Hotel, across from Pershing Square.  (Not to be confused with Grand Avenue lobby on the other side of the hotel!) The Pershing Square Metro station is only a block away on Hill Street.  Or you can park in the garage under Pershing Square--the weekend all-day rate was less than $10 last time I checked.  There are public restrooms in the Biltmore and there will be restroom stops approximately every two hours during the hike.

If you take the Metro instead of driving, particularly if you are transferring to the Red Line from the Gold Line, Blue Line or Expo Line, be sure to check timetables and plan accordingly. If you have not ridden recently, be forwarned that you can no longer purchase a $1.50 fare.  Instead, you must first purchase a TAP card ($1) and then add $1.50 to the card for each Metro ride. Expect to be confused by the incomplete instructions at the ticket dispensing machines and give yourself extra time to catch the Metro and make your way to the Biltmore Hotel Olive Street lobby no later than 9:00 a.m. We will depart promptly with or without you.

My mobile number is[masked]-0168.

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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  • Kate F.

    Just what we needed to work of those Thanksgiving calories! As always, a great urban hike up and down hills and fabulous views to look at. Great bunch of hikers, too. Really fun!

    November 24, 2012

  • Annie Esmeralda M.

    Where is parking to meet at Biltmore for the hike?

    November 23, 2012

    • David

      There are paid lots near the Biltmore that are about $5 for all day parking.

      November 23, 2012

  • Doan

    I love the "NOT FOR BEGINNERS" admonition. Besides that, your description was almost flawless.

    November 21, 2012

  • cynthia

    I would like to see a map of the terrain we will cover. any suggestions for an on line map of this area?

    November 20, 2012

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