Past Meetup

"Abandoned Zoo" Adventure + Hike - LA - Griffith Park

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Griffith Park Merry Go Round Parking Lot #1

4668 Crystal Springs Drive · Los Angeles, CA

How to find us

Meet Marsha (red baseball hat) in front of Merry Go Round after parking in Merry Go Round Lot #1 or #2

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Let's Visit and Hike the "Abandoned Zoo" trail in Griffith Park! Come hike with new friends.
-The "Abandoned Zoo" includes some interesting structures from the original Los Angeles zoo in Griffith Park. We'll stop for a few minutes at the abandoned structures.
-We'll do about 3 miles total) up on wide dirt paths - there is an incline going up, but we will do a very easy pace. So fit beginners will be fine. There's nothing tricky or difficult.
- We'll do a relatively easy, slower pace, and will do an "up and back" the same way that we came, rather than a full loop to keep it manageable for newer hikers (and for slowpokes like me). (If you want to go on ahead at a faster pace, without the group or with other faster hikers, feel free of course. I'll ask at the beginning of the hike, so that you can identify other similar level hikers to continue with if you'd like).
It's close to:
4668 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
From here, follow the signs to park in the Merry Go Round Parking lot.
This is in Griffith Park -- which is quite large and can be a bit confusing, so give yourself a little extra time.
*Time: 10:00am: Meet in front of the actual Merry Go 'Round in Griffith Park - look for me on the side, by a picnic table. We will begin our hike at 10:15am.
*If you just want to visit the abandoned zoo, and not do the full hike, that's fine too. If so, you can do this in 1 hour or even less and if so, there's not much hiking involved.
*Bring: Water!!! You'll definitely need it. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and you'll probably want sunscreen, and maybe a snack if you need it.
*Note: No bathrooms along the way, but there are bathrooms in front of the Merry Go 'Round at our meeting point.
******How to find me / our group: I (Marsha) will wear a red baseball hat for when we meet in front of the Merry Go 'Round.
- Since Griffith Park is so large, the easiest way to find us is to use your Google Maps to park in the Merry Go'Round parking lot of Griffith Park, and then walk down the path to the Merry Go Round.
-By the way, this is NOT the current "zoo" which is also in Griffith Park. If you go to the current zoo you'll be going to the wrong place.
*If you're late, it's hard to wait for stragglers, so please allow yourself extra time to find it and to park and meet our group.
*As a reminder by participating in this hike, you agree to take 100% responsibility for yourself.
*I'll message those of you who RSVP "yes" a day or two before the hike with more info; so please consider to allow those notifications from me in your group settings. If your plans change, please do change your RSVP to "No".
Excited to see you there, adventurers, for this fun abandoned zoo visit and hike!
Marsha J.