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Downtown Los Angeles to Highland Park

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An urban hike starting at 9 a.m. from the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and winding east over hills and through off-the-beaten-track neighborhoods to arrive at Highland Park around 3 p.m. We climb up and down a number of steep hills and urban stairways en route. Treat this as a moderately difficult mountain hike rather than a stroll in the park. NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

Points of interest along the route include Angel's Flight, the new Cathedral, Pueblo de Los Angeles, Chinatown, a rare public portal to Planet Krypton in Butterfly Park atop Radio Hill, Steelhead Park on the Los Angeles River (once a prime site for trout fishing), River Gardens Park and the grounds of the Self-Realization Fellowship on Mt. Washington with dramatic views of the city and mountains.

Wear comfortable walking or running shoes and sunscreen or a hat as we will exposed to the sun most of the hike. Bring water and pack a lunch.

We return from Highland Park to Angel's Flight via the Metro Goldline and Redline trains. Bring $3.00 ($1.50 for the Goldine and $1.50 for the Redline).

Congregate a few minutes BEFORE 9 a.m. at the base of Angel's Flight on Hill Street two blocks east of Pershing Square. The eastern entrance/exit of the Pershing Square Metro station is only a block west of Angel's Flight. You can park adjacent to Angel's Flight on either Hill Street or 4th Street. On Sunday morning there are few vehicles and you don't have to feed the meters.

If you take the Metro instead of driving, particularly if you are transferring from the Goldline to the Redline at Union Station, be sure to check timetables and plan accordingly. We will start promptly at 9 a.m. Early arrivals (more than 10 minutes before 9 a.m.) might want to make a brief visit to the Bradbury Building, located 1 and 1/2 blocks from Angel's Flight. Walk 1/2 block east on Hill, turn right onto 3rd street and proceed 1 block to the intersection of 3rd and Broadway.

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Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants assume all associated risks. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate, with appropriate provisions and equipment. The Los Angeles Hiking Meetup group and the hike organizer make no warranties about the safety or supervision of these activities.