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Mt. Hollywood Cardio Workout via Bronson Caves

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Note: Different starting location.

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Join us for a great evening workout to Mt. Hollywood Peak in Griffith Park, this time starting from Bronson Canyon Park. The views of the city lights are amazing and it sure beats that boring treadmill/stairmaster in the gym. Chances are you'll get a much better workout too.

Training Concept:
This will essentially be a form of interval training, which is actually quite effective for increasing your cardio capacity/fitness level. Since we are all at different fitness levels some of us will likely keep a faster pace than others. We'll all try to push ourselves a bit to get our heart rate up and then catch our breath and re-group at the junctions.

Difficulty: Advanced
You need to be well conditioned for this workout. Although the distance is short this is a high intensity workout and several sections are very steep. This is not a slow paced "social hike". We'll keep a fast pace power-walking or jogging to get our heart rate up to improve our conditioning.

Since we typically do different trails every week the difficulty and distance varies. In general though the workouts are easiest the first Thursday of the month and most difficult the last Thursday of the month.

Extra Weight Option:
For those of you who are very fast and may feel the group is not moving fast enough, consider bringing a weight west or backpack with weight - sand, books etc. Avoid hard objects with sharp edges like rocks though as it may hurt your back. I would only suggest this if you have attended one of these and know that you can move a lot faster than the group. The extra weight will slow you down significantly.

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The Plan:
We'll meet by the entrance to Bronson Canyon Park by the gate at about 6:45 PM, do some stretching and introductions etc. and get started at 7:00 PM sharp.

We'll start heading up Canyon Dr. into the park. Then we'll head over to the Bronson Caves and explore a little before we head up a trail leading us to the peak of Mt. Hollywood. At the peak we'll catch our breath for a few minutes while enjoying the city view before heading back down a different way.

Distance & Elevation Gain:
About 4.5 miles and about[masked] ft or so cumulative elevation gain/loss.

Time Required:
About 2 hours.

What To Bring:
- Headlamp (best) or flashlight and spare batteries (important)
- Trail running shoes or flexible hiking booths with plenty of traction (important)
- Hydration system (best) or bottle with water or Gatorade etc.
- Your cell phone
- Layered clothing including a light wind breaker jacket
- Consider camera

Directions:
Click here for Google directions to the meeting spot.

Parking:
There should be plenty of parking on Canyon Dr. up to the gate. Do not park inside the park as they close the gate at dusk.
No Shows:
This has become an increasing problem so I am now registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum 30 minutes before the start of the event to avoid a "No-Show" registration. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you will not be admitted to my events when there are people on the waiting list.
IMPORTANT:
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. If you are in doubt please get a check-up with a physician. As an event organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you. I am simply a "training buddy", nothing more. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold me or our Meetup group liable in any way.