This is a lot different than my usual adventure hikes.
TO SEE A ROUTE MAP ON YOUR SMART PHONE:
This is a walk almost completely in the urban city for the purpose of imagining a new trail from the beach to Griffith Park (a pet-project of mine), through the most paved-over part of L.A. The first 1/3 of Ballona Creek from the beach to a mile east of La Cienega is open to the sky and features a bike path. However, currently, the inland 2/3rds of Ballona Creek is buried under streets. We will start around where it goes underground and walk on relatively level sidewalks through interesting historical neighborhoods and past the Paramount Pictures movie studio all the way to shady Fern Dell creek in Griffith Park where Ballona creek re-appears.
Around noon we will stop at Queen Anne Park north of Pico Blvd for lunch. Queen Anne park is targeted by L.A. City engineers as a future rainfall reservoir under the city's Enhanced Watershed Management Program (on which I will lecture to a local Sierra Club group on October 20th--see separate meetup posting....).
The walk is 11 miles from the La Cienega/Jefferson Expo rail Station to the start of Fern Dell. (If you tire out early, our walk passes the Metro station at Western and Hollywood Blvd. which leads back to "go"). At Fern Dell and Western/Los Feliz Blvds we will walk up the Fern Dell creek trail for another mile, then go back down stream and stop at some affordable restaurant. Then we will walk back down Western to the Hollywood Blvd Metro rail subway station and return to our starting point. Fare is $7 for all three rail lines which must be taken to get back.
BRING A HAT, COMFY SHOES, LOTS OF WATER, LUNCH, SNACKS, TRAIN FARE, ETC. THERE ARE LOTS OF STORES ALONG THE WAY IF YOU NEED TO STOP FOR MUNCHIES.
To see a google map of historical (meaning "lost") creeks and streams in Los Angeles, check out this website: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zdqf9TrBU7p4.kry-PQtiSo8o&hl=en
also to read more background on this: http://LAcreekparks.org