A midweek 4-mile Intermediate-Advance hike that begins near the Merry Go Round and peaks at Vista View Point (2.5-miles). We'll warm-up by hiking on the Lower Beacon Trail for the initial 0.9-mile and doing two small climbs. After the first regroup point (0.9mi), we'll hike the Coolidge Trail to 5-Points (950'), and then a short distance from there we'll peak at Vista View Point (1100'). We'll rest a bit, snack, enjoy the view, and before it's to chilly, head back on the Fern Canyon Trail for about 1.5-miles.
There will be two re-group points: First Point at 0.9 mile for a check up on individual condition. Anyone that falls to far back should return back to the parking lot at, or, before the First Point. Second Point at 2.2mi (5-Points) is a quick regroup before heading to Vista View Point (2.5mi)
This is NOT a slow pace hike. The difficulty level is NOT for beginners or intermediate hikers. The distance and gain are short but the pace will be at Intermediate-Advanced level. The re-group points are to gather and continue within seconds. There is only one rest point. As an Intermediate-Advance hiker you should be able to return to the parking lot at any point during the hike. You must already be well conditioned before attempting this hike.
Meet up Time:
6:30 PM to 6:40 PM ( hike Starts at 6:40pm; sooner if all RSVPS arrive)
Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 750'
Time Required: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Meet Up Spot: Merry Go Round sign (click here) on sidewalk between Lot #1 & Lot #2
- Good traction soft-shell hike/trail running shoe
- Water: Hydration system, bottles, or sports drink
- Lightweight layer, wind breaker jacket
- Snack: fruit, Energy Gel, gorp
- Headlamp (best) or flashlight
- Cell phone
- Small camera
- Trekking Poles
Direction to Parking Lot #2 & Meet Up Spot
From 134 Freeway:
( Note: Griffith Park Dr. is a dark single lane route; Los Felix Blvd may be an easier route)
EXIT Forest Lawn Dr (If driving Westbound go straight, from Eastbound go Right). Go LEFT on Zoo Drive Go RIGHT on Griffith Park Drive Road weaves through Griffith Park for about 3-miles Go RIGHT on Crystal Springs Road Go RIGHT at next Stop Sign, no street sign, but look for a Merry Go Round sign 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 then Go RIGHT toward Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). You should see the Meet Up Spot (Merry Go Round sign) on the right as you drive from Lot #1 to Lot #2. Park & then walk to the sign.
From Los Feliz Boulevard
Driving WESTon Los Feliz Blvd. Make a RIGHT on Riverside Drive into Griffith Park. Go TWO STOP SIGNS and make a 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 then Go RIGHT towards Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). You should see the Meet Up Spot (Merry Go Round sign) on the right as you drive from Lot #1 to Lot #2. Park & then walk to the sign.
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.