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Griffith Park Northside Loop

  • 5 days ago · 8:00 AM

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).  

STATS

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.

DIRECTIONS

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.

Shawn’s mobile:  213/[masked]

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  • Shawn

    Had a good call with both GP Ranger Office and Supervisor Robin Smith of the Boys Camp. The camp is not private property, but there is "limited access" to it when groups have reserved it (there was a Father-Son org. there Sat.). They've also had more incidents lately of overnight trespassing/breakins/campfires that aren't put out properly, etc. Robin said the proper procedure would have been for her staff (Wolverine is a part-time contractor) or a ranger to escort us through the camp to the paved road. I thanked her for the info and her time (but didn't tell her about our new trail).

    1 · 3 days ago

  • Noleen

    Had a great time on the hike. Enjoyed the adventure!

    4 days ago

  • Paige

    I like this version - adventurous

    4 days ago

  • Rachel

    Yeppers Hiker girl, see you on the next one!

    4 days ago

  • ♥ Hiker Girl ♥

    Awesome!!!

    5 days ago

  • ♥ Hiker Girl ♥

    Boooohoooo you guys are having fun hiking and I'm stuck at work :(

    5 days ago

    • Christian

      You missed some fun.

      2 · 5 days ago

    • Natalie

      Shawn missed you so much she and Christian had blazed their own trail!

      2 · 5 days ago

  • Michael S.

    Shawn, another great adventure! Thanks for a wonderful hike!

    1 · 5 days ago

  • maya

    great fun and well organized!

    5 days ago

  • Shawn

    And here's the quote that was buried somewhere in my pack - the motto of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots/WASPs (even though it wasn't all that windy today, the "stars" part is still seasonal):

    We live in the wind and sand...and our eyes are on the stars.

    5 days ago

  • Shawn

    Who votes to create an elite subgroup within SMH (of everyone who attended today) called the Wolverines? I'll get started on the logo/merit badge patch. Thanks for being such good sports, all!

    2 · 5 days ago

  • Noleen

    Are we parking in the travel town lot?

    5 days ago

  • Kim C

    So sorry Shawn I have to cancel at the last minute. Hope to see you and everyone on the next one.

    6 days ago

  • wendy

    Hi so Sorry! I thought this was on a different day and now I have a conflict but hope to join future hikes.

    6 days ago

  • Lola L.

    I was so looking forward to the hike, unfortunately my water heater broke today and I was luck enough to get a contractor to come change it tomorrow morning :)

    6 days ago

  • ♥ Hiker Girl ♥

    awwwww I have to work :(
    I will miss everyone!

    Go Cowboys!

    6 days ago

  • Rachel

    Hey Hiker girl mami!!!

    1 · December 1

    • ♥ Hiker Girl ♥

      HI Rachel
      Heard you are getting stronger and stronger. Good job!

      December 1

  • ♥ Hiker Girl ♥

    I'm shocked that there are no comments yet lol :)

    1 · December 1

    • Kim C

      We are saving our energy for this hike! :)

      1 · December 1

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