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Tuesday Night Trailblaze

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Fun Outdoor Workouts!

Are you looking to add a cardio workout during the week? Join us on the Griffith Park trails for a TNT workout! It's a fun workout with a steady pace start-to-finish, the group members are motivating, the views are amazing, and being outside feels great! Individually we push the pace to put out a good sweat as we head towards Mount Hollywood. At the peak we marvel at the city lights for a few minutes before heading back to the start.

TNT are interval training workouts: it's a quick pace, & short faster bursts along the hilly sections, quicker pace on some of the flat sections, & the climbs are individual goals. The group is typically in small clusters during the intervals (climbs, fast sections, etc.) and individually not far apart. There are quick recover points -brief stop or walking pace- and a break at the top but the group enjoys moving. So let's burn calories, build strength, and increase stamina. Pack light for a fun-fast pace!

The Plan: Water Tower 113 Loop
Take the Bill Eckert Trail towards Water Tower 113, go west on Vista Del Valle Drive for a brisk-walk, then pick up the Mount Hollywood Trail, and continue the steady climb towards Mount Hollywood! At the peak we'll catch our breath & enjoy the view for a few. We'll take the East Ridge Trail towards 5 Points where we'll connect to the Fern Canyon Trail and finish the 5.5 mile loop. Lead group should climb the south face of Mount Hollywood and Glendale Peak on the descend.

Bonus: Mount Hollywood (south face) & Glendale Peak (1184') The single trail to GP is just after the bridge, a quick out-&-back.

Tonight's route is a good one for members that would like to try a TNT workout for the first time. The trail is wide, it's one of the the shortest routes, and the trail is easy to follow. It's mostly a steady climb to the peak (about 2.5 miles) and there is a brief brisk-walking section on a paved road. The first group typically finishes in about 1-1/2 hours and the second group is not far behind. If need be I will stay with the second group to make sure we all make it to the top and back. So come join us for an outdoor workout!

Starting Point: Parking Lot (565') Points: Water Tower 113 (1156'), Mount Hollywood (1625'), Glendale Peak (1184'), 5 Points (1040')

Difficulty: (Advance) TNT workouts are NOT slow pace hikes and the difficulty level is NOT for beginner hikers. This IS a high intensity workout up/down hilly sections with few breaks. You may use your hands for balance and leverage on steep trails. The workouts are for people that have been hiking/training regularly and want to add interval training to the weekly regimen. The TNT workout averages & an actual tracked workout (miles/gain/time/speed) are listed below.

Distance: 5 to 8 miles Gain: 900' to 1800' Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hrs
Tracked: Water Tower 113 Loop: 5.5mi/1200' gain/1:38 time/3.3mph

Meet up Time:
6:45 PM and START at 6:55 PM (sooner if all RSVPs arrive)

Meet Up Spot/Directions: Parking Lot #2 (CLICK HERE)
The island by the entrance, east side of the lot, & first row of lights

Recommend:
- Good traction soft-shell hike/trail running shoe
- Hydration system, water bottles, sports drink
- Lightweight layers, rain/wind breaker jacket
- Check Griffith Park weather forecast
- Snack: fruit, Energy Gel, etc.
- Headlamp (best), flashlight
- Cell phone
Optional:
- Small camera
- Trekking Poles
- Gators
Turn-by-Turn Directions
From 134 East Freeway:
EXIT Victory Blvd. go RIGHT and then immediately LEFT on Zoo Drive; Zoo Drive becomes Crystal Springs Road after the zoo. Drive on Crystal Springs Road, cross Griffith Park Dr. and go RIGHT at the first Stop Sign, no street sign, but look for a Merry Go Round signs 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 Go RIGHT toward Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)
From Los Feliz Boulevard
Driving WEST on Los Feliz Blvd. Make a RIGHT on Riverside Drive into Griffith Park. Go TWO STOP SIGNS and make a LEFT, no street sign but look for a Merry Go Round signs point 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 Go RIGHT towards Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)
From 5 North Freeway: (from Colorado Street entrance)
EXIT Zoo Drive go RIGHT, go over the freeway, make a LEFT at Zoo Drive; Zoo Dr. becomes Crystal Springs Road just past the zoo. Drive on Crystal Springs Road, cross Griffith Park Dr. and go RIGHT at the first Stop Sign, no street sign, but look for a Merry Go Round signs 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 Go RIGHT toward Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)

IMPORTANT:
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.