Nothing to do on The 4th? I'm going to do a shorter hike up to the helipad to check out the various fireworks spectacles below. The view covers all the way from Silverlake to Santa Monica. We'll hang out for a bit, then, on the way back down check out the sites on the Glendale/Pasadena side. Park closes at 10pm so we'll be able to make it down in time. Bring refreshments and snacks if you like!
The Griffith Park hikes start in the Merry Go Round parking lot (otherwise known as lot #2) off Crystal Springs drive.
Hikes run about 2-2.5 hours and are about 4-5 miles long. We walk at a casual pace but it will be at times a good work out. We go up and down some steep hills but always stay on the trail. Bring walking shoes and water. Dogs on leash welcome. Note: This is not a "flat" hike and there will be some hills involved!
From the 134 westbound get off at Zoo Dr (street will curve around back under freeway), follow it until you are literally facing the zoo parking lot at the stop sign..turn left ..zoo will be on your right as you head south past the Autry museum. Continue past golf course. You will come to a four way stop with ranger station on left and a Merry Go Round sign. Turn RIGHT and proceed to end of street. You will have to make a right here. Go thru this first lot. This is lot #1. Keep going thru lot and over a small hill on road until you come to lot #2. You will see some people parked and standing around. We meet on the south end.
Alternatively, you can get off at Forest Lawn Dr from the 134 (head south) and turn left at Travel Town, making your way (south) around the zoo and south onto Crystal Springs.
If you are coming from Los Feliz Blvd, turn north on Crystal Springs Dr. past pony rides, along road until you get to the stop sign with Ranger station on the right and Merry Go Round sign. Turn LEFT here til the end of the road. Make a right, this is lot #1. Continue thru this lot and over a small hill until you get to lot #2. You will probably see some people parked and out of their cars already. If you get lost, please text me at[masked]. Hike starts at 8:10pm. Allow some extra time if this is your first time finding this lot!
There are restrooms a short walk down the hill when you park on the south end of lot #2, located right across from the Merry Go Round.