Elysian Park Hike
Hike Distance: 4-5 miles
Hike Duration: Approx. 2 plus hours
Hike Level: 3 of 10
Do not come on this hike of you are a true beginner.
Meet at the parking lot at Stadium Way and Academy Rd.
Here is an address for you GPS people -
1351 Academy Road, Los Angeles, CA
Sitting atop and on the edge of the Los Angeles Civic Center, The 600 acre Elysian Park includes Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Police Academy. On August 2, 1769 Don Gaspar de Portola camped in the park near the site of what would become 12 years later the Pueblo de Los Angeles. The Park is unique with a strange mixture of flora. Here you will find palms from Central America, eucalyptus from Australia, pines from the Rocky Mountains, and redwoods from Northern California. Not many people think of a serious hike in Elysian because no one ever thinks about urban L.A. as a hiking resource, plus there is a hodge podge of different trails, some dead ends, some going nowhere, and no markings to guide you.
I have hiked some of it frequently but some of the rest rarely. We will start out from the parking lot located at Stadium Way and Academy Rd. (see map link) Dodger Stadium is approximately 1/2 mile East of this location. There is plenty of parking.
We will hike around the "loop" and then head for the Portola Trail which parrallels the 5 Freeway. On the way back we will have a vista view of the Dodger Stadium and the Police Academy..
This hike will be probably a little more than 2 hours geared for the more beginner type hiker. If you are a new hiker with NO EXPERIENCE you will find this hike too tough. But for those who are new but have some background in physical exercise and consider yourself in fairly decent shape, this hike will please you. For those of more experience....well this is a very cool hike, so you must come too.
Bring water, snacks to eat and wear hiking shoes.
Dogs on leash are OK
Lee Zebold Hike Leader