Come and enjoy a shorter hike, followed by an optional potluck! On Wednesdays, there are generally two conditioning hikes: a slower/more moderate hike and a faster/more strenuous one. (All hikes involve hills; terrain is sometimes steep with uneven footing.) Because hikers are expected to maintain the pace set by hike leaders, most newcomers should start with the slower hike. Some levels may not be offered on a given evening. Hikes begin at 7pm from the north end of Merry-Go-Round lot #2. Newcomers should get there early to fill out a waiver and should carry the waiver card with them on the hikes.
First-Wednesday-of-the-month potluck: The hike should be a little shorter and will be followed by a potluck dinner on a patio off a courtyard at the Ranger Station. The potluck begins after the hike, usually at around 8:20pm or so.
What to bring: Bring water and a light jacket in case it gets cold. Hiking boots/shoes are necessary for the harder hikes and are strongly recommended for all hikes; tennis shoes with good tread might be sufficient for the more moderate hikes. Flashlights are optional; many leaders discourage their use except in emergencies. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are at the discretion of the leader. If you're coming to the potluck, please bring a dish or food item to share.
At this time of year, for the Weds hikes, 30-50 people typically show up and separate into the two levels.
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Directions to Merry-Go-Round Lot #2: From Los Feliz Blvd just west of the 5, take Crystal Springs north into the park; you’ll soon pass a freeway onramp. After around a mile, you’ll come to a 4-way intersection, with the Ranger station on your right. Make a left (going west). At the top of the road you’re forced to turn right into the (unlit) lot #1. Drive through the lot and along the road that leaves the opposite corner. You’ll soon come to lot #2, which is lit. The Sierra Club meets at the far (north) end of the lot, by the stone steps.
Going north on the 5 from Downtown LA, you can also get off at the Griffith Park exit and take Crystal Springs going north, following the directions above. Other routes go from near the Zoo or from Travel Town; you can get directions from this GPS link to lot #1, but you still need to drive through to lot #2: