This one is a HWD classic. On this lazy 6 mile hike I will take you through Franklin Canyon and then a bit off-trail to the "planar" center of Los Angeles. It will make a great photo opp. I'm calling it "lazy" because there will be more stops than usual for a 6-mile hike. But that makes it good for fit beginners.
Franklin Canyon Park is one of the very few places in LA with a greenbelt filled with pines, sycamore, eucalyptus and cedars, most notably the Atlas Cedar and mature Coast Redwoods that are a rare site in most big cities.
Highlights along the way to the center of the city:
Franklin Canyon Lake: the location where we see Opie skipping a rock in the water during the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show and Capt. Kirk falling in love with an Indian maiden on Star Trek.
The Doheny House: The family of oil baron Edward L. Doheny used the canyon as a summer retreat and a place to graze and water their cattle. The Doheny family built a Spanish style home here in 1935.
Heavenly Pond: is a small duck pond located to the west of the Franklin Canyon Lake
Pervert's Perch: An HWD secret!
Bring a snack and a bottle or two of water
Although this is overall one of our easier hikes, the first mile is a partially out and back strenuous 600' elevation gain. Since that segment is partially OAB, one does not have to complete it to continue the hike
Directions - Parking is Free
See also http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/messages/boards/thread/48433782
From West Los Angeles:
Head north on Beverly Drive following signs to Coldwater Canyon. Turn left on Coldwater/Beverly Drive, and turn left again on Beverly Drive, at Fire Station No. 2. The third right is Franklin Canyon Drive. Continue through the residential area to park entrance. At the intersection of Franklin Canyon Drive and Lake Drive turn right onto Lake and head toward the end of Lake Dr to parking lot next to large grass lawn.
(If you are coming down Sunset from east of Beverly Dr its probably easier to take Rexford to Beverly)
From the San Fernando Valley:
Note: Franklin Canyon Rd is considered "restricted" in Google Maps. If you are unfamiliar with manipulating the map, use this link to create shortest route to meeting spot on Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/studiocity-franklin
Take the 101 to Coldwater Canyon Boulevard. Head south to the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive. Make a 90 degree right turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive. Road signs read "Road Ends 800 Feet" "Sunset to Sunrise"; this is the park entrance. Do NOT make a U-turn as this will bring you onto Mulholland Drive instead of Franklin Canyon. And avoid the Tree People
Stay on paved surfaces! If you are driving on dirt you are going the wrong way
After first stop sign continue south past the Outdoor Classroom on Franklyn Cyn Rd (do not park at any turnouts). At second stop sign turn right to stay on Franklin Cyn Rd and continue south again. At the 3rd stop sign bear left onto Lake Dr and head toward the end of Lake Dr to parking lot next to large grass lawn.
(Note: Driving down Lake Dr you will pass two small lots/turnouts. Its ok to park at those -- its only a few hundred feet - 1/4 mile to main lot)
Here are some scenes from some popular TV shows and movies filmed at Franklin Canyon. Do you recognize any?
For you music lovers, here are a couple of albums covers photographed in Franklin Canyon:
Are we almost to the bathrooms?
Hey Dean, you didn't say anything about crossing a lake!