NO, THIS IS NOT A REPOST OF THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE. Once a year or two is plenty for that. But this is a perfect option if you're eager to burn off any pre-holiday stress with a fun and challenging trek. It's also not far from a number of gallerias, should you want to take on any shopping challenges afterward.
Starting from Travel Town, this starts on the first of several seldom-used trails of Griffith Park’s Burbank-facing side, up a beautifully-shaded fire road toward the single-track "suicide trail" (steep, but mercifully brief).
Note that our very rollercoastery route includes scrambling up in sections and possibly butt sliding down some others. We'll alternate between wide open fire roads and scrambling/limbo-ing below low branches on single track sections.
This passes through a variety of familiar places, including four peaks in the park and the remains of the Tea House that we saw during our eight peaks hike. We'll also swing through some seldom-seen scenes, such as the bridge above (now somewhat reinforced), an empty swimming pool with a gorgeous view (which may be our dining stop), and a vintage canoe on the grounds of the Griffith Park Boys Camp. We'll also see the popular Amir’s Garden oasis enroute down to the Mineral Springs Picnic Area and back north to our starting point.
This fresh take on an old fave was ferreted out by the fab team at ModernHiker.com. Here’s the original post if you’d like more details (consider signing up for the MH email list while you’re visiting; it’s a terrific resource).
Level: Moderate++ (NOT for beginners)
Gain: ~2,500 ft.
Distance: ~ 7 miles
Time: 4 to 4-1/2 hours
Type: Loop, fire road, single track, scrambling and paved road. Almost entirely exposed.
Dogs: Permitted on leash (note several areas may have ticks)
Water: Can refill if needed at Mineral Springs Picnic Area about 5 miles into the hike
Restrooms: Available at various locations throughout Griffith Park (Travel Town will not be open this early, but will be when we return) and at the Mineral Springs Picnic Area (about 3-1/2 hours into the hike). There are also some porta potties on the north side of Zoo Drive between the Zoo and Los Angeles Live Steamers.
Parking: Free parking at trailhead, in the dirt lot just south of Travel Town’s parking lot
Bring: Hat, sunscreen, 2-3 liters of water, boots with good treads. Poles may be helpful for a few steep sections, possibly gloves for some scrambling, seasonal snacks to share.
For GPS purposes, Travel Town is at 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, 90027. Use the map to find the best directions from your location. We’ll meet in the dirt parking lot just south of the Travel Town lot (east of Griffith Park Drive).
Here’s a map.
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