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The Forbidden Hideaway - Griffith Park

Level: Intermediate

Time: 2-3 hours

Journey to a discovery location not known to the common people.  An almost fantasy spot that inspires the imagination as if you were in the land of OZ.

Insiders have said that when Big Foot visits southern California, this is his hangout.

Meet at Parking Lot #2 near the Merry Go Round.  The map link above shows you the correct address of nearby Ranger Station which is the closest address....but the visual is not good.  If you use GPS you should be OK.  From the Ranger Station you turn up the hill following the signs to parking lot #1, and continue driving through - past the Merry Go Round - to Parking Lot #2.

READ THIS - those who don't know the way.  And put away that cell phone and get on your computer to read these instructions.  Too many people get lost because the cellphone apps are not adequate.

Here is a map link giving you a visual

Link To Map

We will hike to other locations as well.

Note: We will be leaving approximately at 9:00A.M. So please try to be there at 8:45A.M. If you are not familiar with the park or haven't been to Lot#2, then please give yourself extra time to find it and get there on time!

Hike Leaders: Shannon and Scott

 

 


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  • Cynthia E.

    I had a marvelous time, got a good work out (my first incline hiking in a long time), and met some wonderful genuine people. I'm looking forward to hiking with you soon!

    May 6, 2013

  • jose

    thank you to the kind person who gave me jelly and bread :)

    May 4, 2013

    • sondra

      it was fun watching you eat it LOL

      May 6, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Great group, fun hike.

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Thank you Shannon for a wonderful hike. Beautiful weather, and now I know about that trail up to Bee rock. Coolness!

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • Ken S.

      And Scott, too! Thank you Scott!!!!!!!

      1 · May 4, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Glad you enjoyed it and that I was able to teach you something new. I was surprised that you didn't know that one since you hike in the park often.

      May 4, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    I wanna thank everyone for coming out! You guys were great! Too bad the nats put a damper on part of the hike... Hope you all enjoyed the hike regardless. Look forward to hiking with you guys again!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Thanks for a great hike, Shannon and Scott!

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • sondra

    Thanks Shannon for an awesome hike!!!

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • Autumn

    couldn't find the group.

    May 4, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Didn't you look at the Map?

      1 · May 4, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    It was great to come to see everybody even thou I didn't hike. I did walk around for an hour in the sun...I love Griffith park

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • Gabriel

    Thanks for a great Meetup and a fun hike.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Brian S.

    At the Ranger Station but can't find anyone. This is my first hike with the group so not sure where I'm looking.

    May 4, 2013

    • Pterri The P.

      Follow the signs to the merry-go-round and keep driving through that lot until you find "Lot 2"

      May 4, 2013

    • Brian S.

      Thanks. Heading back toy car now.

      May 4, 2013

  • Helen

    Can't make it after all. :(

    May 4, 2013

  • Julie

    Sorry to cancel so late, car trouble this morning.

    May 4, 2013

  • Allison

    Sorry, last minute cancellation. Working on a school project all weekend :(

    May 3, 2013

  • Lynn B.

    Sorry to cancel last minute...not feeling well. Have fun Shannon & Scott.

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Get well Lynn, c u next time!

      May 4, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Thanks Lynn! Lee also isn't feeling well. Hope to see you soon!

      May 4, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Can't make it working on these crazy fires!!!

    2 · May 3, 2013

    • Scott H.

      I agree with Shannon Mike! Stay safe out there. See you next time!

      May 4, 2013

    • monica m.

      Thankx for.all your work

      May 4, 2013

  • monica m.

    Just became someone's emergency babysitter sad I have to miss it but will def be at the june 1st hike

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    For those on the wait list, please try to sign up for 6/01 while it's still open. It's already filling up fast!

    April 30, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Either that or people just wanna meet Big Foot. Lol

      1 · May 3, 2013

    • Ken S.

      I had several C.I.A. agents show up at my door but I did not disclose even a SHRED of information about this hike.

      May 3, 2013

  • Rosa M D.

    Sorry can't make it

    May 3, 2013

  • Eric B

    Just found out I'm double booked, switched to Waiting List on June hike.

    May 1, 2013

    • Eric B

      Alas I have forsaken my opportunity to sample this garden of earthly delights only to discover that the forces of nature have risen up in a fiery rage to deny my chance to taste forbidden fruits on a different hike. Such a cruel world. But wait, fortune has seen fit to smile upon me and grant me a spot on the next hike to this place. I can only hope that its mystical charms do not get too trodden upon in the ensuing gap in time. ;-)

      1 · May 3, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Well said my good fellow... Look fwd to the please of your company on the next hike! :-)

      May 3, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    Hello my fellow hike enthusiasts... it will be warm tomorrow so please make sure to 2 liters of water, some snacks or a lunch, and don't forget to eat a good breakfast. Oh! If anyone has any allergies, please take/bring the appropriate meds. See y'all tomorrow! {=^)

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Oops... I meant to take 2 liters of water.

      May 3, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Bye....I'm out. Someone can have my place

    May 3, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Sad that you can't make it, but for sure you will be with us next time!

      May 3, 2013

  • Cindyroy

    I've made another commitment, so this Hideaway may remain forever Forbidden to me.

    May 3, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      We will do this event again in the future.

      May 3, 2013

  • Cesar L.

    I might have to work tomorrow and don't want to hold my spot if there are people on the wl. :(

    May 3, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Awe... That is so sweet of you! If you don't have to end up working, then I'm giving you permission to come out with us anyway... :-)

      May 3, 2013

  • Jackie

    Sadly have to take my care in for a service UGH

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Well, if needs to be done, it needs to be done... our transport is very important in LA.

      May 2, 2013

  • Lynn W.

    Thanks for the reminder. I signed up for the June hike. I didn't know until just now that I was taken off wait list for May hike.

    May 2, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Ty for choosing and updating your RSVP!

      May 2, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    For anyone that is on the list for both hikes, please make a decision to attend one or the other so that people on the wait list have a chance to attend. I have sent a couple of emails to some that I noticed. If you don't make a choice and are a no show for this event, you will automatically be removed for 6/01/13 event. Thank you for your cooperation!

    May 2, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    I would like to thank those who knew they weren't able to attend this event, change their RSVP. I'm sure that people that were waiting also appreciate it.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shannon youre the Best Hike leader yet siss !!!

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Awe... You're so sweet brother! Ty

      May 2, 2013

  • Donna

    Can't make it this weekend. Hopefully later this summer if it repeats.

    May 2, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Sorry you can't make it! We are repeating this event on 6/01/13, but it's already full...

      May 2, 2013

  • Shari C.

    So sorry to miss this - something came up. I'm happy to open this to someone else. Cheers!

    1 · May 1, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Ty for updating your RSVP! Hope to see you on the next one.

      1 · May 1, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    Hi everyone! We are going to be doing a repeat of this event. I would like everyone to have the opportunity to join. For those on the wait list to those who had to cancel or maybe the new date works better for others. Just look out for it... it will be posted for 6/01/13. See you all soon!

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    BE NICE TO MY LIL SISTER PEOPLE, OR THE CAGE HIKES WILL BE IN OPENING SEASON !

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      They don't know who ur lil sis is...

      April 29, 2013

  • Jackie

    Any chance you can allow the four on the waiting list?

    April 25, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Chances are good, this spot is attracting a lot of attention.

      2 · April 25, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Yes, chances are good... and Russell, just change your RSVP to no and hopefully you can make it next time. Have fun!

      April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope this repeats, I need to take a mandatory class that day :(

    April 23, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      No it's not, and yes, there's trails within the old zoo and nice lil spots in there. I would like to do a hike through there soon as well.

      April 25, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Good guess though Cassie!

      April 25, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Sasquatch may be hungry, bring extra food!

    April 12, 2013

    • Larry T

      Scott, Larry, Shannon, Sasquatch

      April 25, 2013

    • Shannon A.

      Correction... I said, I would eat the peppers before the Sasquatch. So then u would be fighting me for them...

      April 25, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Hi! Are dogs allowed?

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'll be at socal homebrew festival or i'd come!

    1 · April 9, 2013

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