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Tuesday Night Trailblaze

Free Style-Time Trial

A rare month, a Week #5, and the TNT Free Style-Time Trial workout. Tonight's workout is intended for the TNTs that are familiar with the Griffith Park trails and know a route(s) to Mount Hollywood and back to the parking lot on their own. There will be no guide or sweep. 

The Plan: Start from the TNT island and peak at Mount Hollywood. How you get to Mt. Hollywood is up to you. The focus, as usual, is to do a vigorous burn, a minimum of 6-miles,  & finish within 1-1/2-hour. We'll compare time trials (miles, gain, & time, etc.) at the end. ...GPS tracking device required. 

If you would like to try a TNT workout for the first time join us next week for the Week #1 Dynamite Light! workout (intro to TNT). Details & Sign-Up at,

Are you interested in trying a TNT workout for the first time? 

• You MUST attend Week #1 or #2 before trying Week #3, #4, or #5

• "Newbies" that sign up for Week #3, #4, or #5 may be denied attending 

• Those with the fitness to RUN 5-miles without breaks may start at Week #3

The group moves very fast on Week #3 and Week #4, covering at least 7-miles with over 1800 feet of elevation gain. The pace is very fast and the workout time is 2-hours or less. From past experience with most "newbies" to the group, we realize that the distance and pace on the third and fourth week are to much for most people that are only used to "fast hiking". A Week #5 workout is on a completely different level -Beast Mode- and only those familiar with TNT workouts, & most importantly the park trails, may attend. 

Please adhere to this request. We want people to come out and get a good workout but do not want people to be discouraged because they attend on a night that is too difficult.  

Difficulty: (ADVANCE) TNT workouts are NOT hikes and the difficulty level is NOT for beginners.

The Nitty-Gritty: TNT are interval training workouts: high-intensity, fast pace start-to-finish, bursts up hilly sections, the pace is fastest on the flats, & downhill sections, & the big climbs are individual goals.

The TNTs typically start the workouts as one group and around the 1 to 2 mile marker the group splits into two group. The Blazers (Advance TNTs) will always do more miles and elevation gain every week. The second group will always try to match the Blazers' speed but the second group sticks to the Monthly Plan (details below).

Each group is typically in small clusters during the intervals (climbs, speed sections, etc.) and individually not far apart.There are quick recover points (brief stop or brisk walk) and a short break at the top but the groups enjoys moving fast start-to-finish. The workout is not over until we return to the parking lot.

The organizer/sweep will wait at the regroup junctions, No Member Left Behind. However, you must be able and willing to maintain a fast pace start-to-finish

Members that want to try a TNT workout for the first time must attend Week #1.
The last Tuesday of the month should NOT be your first TNT workout.

Meet up Time: 6:45 PM and START at 6:55 PM (sooner if all RSVPs arrive)

If your name is on the "I'm Going" list & you cannot make it please change your RSVP to "Not Attending". Thanks in advance.

Meet Up Spot/Directions: Parking Lot #2 (CLICK HERE)
The island by the entrance, east side of the lot, & first row of lights (see pic)

- Good traction trail running shoes or soft shell hikers/hybrids
- Hydration system, water bottles, sports drink
- Lightweight layers, rain/wind breaker jacket (seasonal) 

- Check Griffith Park weather forecast
- Snack: fruit, Energy Gel, etc.
- Headlamp (best), flashlight
- Cell phone

Turn-by-Turn Directions
From 134 East Freeway: EXIT Forest Lawn Drive go RIGHT and LEFT on Zoo Drive (first light),  followed by a RIGHT at the first stop sign, Griffith Park Dr. Drive for about 3-miles (4 stop signs) and go RIGHT at Crystal Springs Dr. and then go RIGHT first stop sign, no street sign, but look for a Merry Go Round signs pointing RIGHT, drive on the road a bit & make a sharp RIGHT into Parking Lot #1, as you enter Lot #1 STAY LEFT, drive to the last aisle, and Go RIGHT toward Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)

From Los Feliz Boulevard Driving WEST on Los Feliz Blvd. Make a RIGHT on Riverside Drive into Griffith Park. Go TWO STOP SIGNS and make a LEFT, no street sign but look for a Merry Go Round signs point LEFT, drive on the road a bit & make a sharp RIGHT turn into a Parking Lot #1, as you enter Lot #1 STAY LEFT, drive to the last aisle, and Go RIGHT towards Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)

Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. My function as an assistant organizer is only to organize the hikes and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and event hosts of this Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • Natalie M

    Another great trail running night. It was nice to be back. :) Thank you Lou and Darin!! :))

    1 · July 30, 2014

  • Rod C.

    Thanks guys.... Nice run tonight... But I missed the drinking on 5th

    2 · July 29, 2014

  • Darin

    I will try to get to the top and back, but still not 100%. Either way, I'm hitting the bar afterward! It is a fifth week after all!

    3 · July 28, 2014

  • Efrain

    I didn't see anything about drinking or beer on the description... What am I missing!?

    1 · July 25, 2014

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