ABOUT THE HIKE: This is an advanced beginner, five plus mile hike with 1,400 feet elevation gain/loss from the Griffith Merry Go Round parking 2 area to the top of Mt. Hollywood and a sunset picnic on an improved clearing area with multiple benches and tables. This is a classic bucket list hike, very popular with the locals in the Los Angeles area. The route takes us up the Fern Canyon Trail past the abandoned Los Angeles Zoo [masked]) and on above the current zoo on the Bill Eckert/East Trail to the summit. Rising at the heart of Griffith Park, 1,625 foot Mt. Hollywood commands amazing 360 degree vistas of Los Angeles and surrounds. Including Mt Lee and the Hollywood Sign.
The 4,071 acre Griffith Park is the largest urban park in the U.S. Total round trip hike time will be about 3.5 hours, with an hour for the picnic. Please bring a flashlight as our return trip will be down the mountain on a dirt trail in the dark. Because there are many trails in this area of Griffith Park, we will need to stay together going both up and down the mountain.
ABOUT THE PICNIC: Please bring food to share for our potluck at picnic tables on top of Mt. Hollywood. BYOB (beverage). As this may be an alcohol restricted area, we will exercise adult discretion and Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination. We will stay on the mountain top picnic area to enjoy the setting sun and emergence of the city lights.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 5, take the Los Feliz exit heading west.... turn right (north) on Crystal Springs and drive 1.5 miles into Griffith Park.... at the second stop sign across from the Ranger Station, turn left.... turn right into the Merry Go Round parking lot....go through the first lot into the second parking lot.... meeting at the steps at the far end of the second lot. Each of these lots accommodate 150 cars, with restrooms near the merry go round. Parking is free.
DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.