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 as the group heads towards Mount Hollywood and at the peak we marvel at the view for a few minutes before heading back to the start.
TNT are interval training workouts: it's a quick pace, with faster, short bursts up hilly sections, the pace picks up 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 organizer or a sweep typically stays between the "speedsters" and the members in the process of improving their endurance or the members that are trying the workout for a first time. The organizer/sweep will wait at the regroup junctions, No Member Left Behind. The only request is that you desire a good workout and are willing to push the pace to improve your endurance.
The Plan: Steady Climb to Mount Hollywood
Brisk warm-up walk towards the Fern Canyon Trail, take the FCT to 5-Points. From 5-Points, go up to Vista View Point, and continue the steady climb on the East Ridge Trail to Mount Hollywood. At the peak we'll catch our breath & enjoy the view for a few minutes. Then we'll take the gentler Mount Hollywood Trail to Vista Valle Drive, pass by Water Tower 113, and pick up the Bill Eckert Trail, and complete the route.
Bonus #1: After Vista View Point, & just before the bridge, take a sharp right & go touch Glendale Peak, return to the bridge & continue to climb. The Glendale Peak Trail is a single trail that runs parallel to the East Ridge Trail & just above it; basically heading towards Vista View Point for about 1/10 of a mile. Bonus #2: After the bridge hop on the single trail on the left hand side that runs along the East Ridge Trail; a series of steeper, quick climbs up & back down to the ERT make it a bit tougher heading up. Bonus #3: immediately after Dante's Garden head down for a quick sprint and climb the south face of Mount Hollywood.
Have you thought about trying a TNT workout? Tonight's route is a good one for members that would like to try a TNT workout for the first time because the route can be shorten. Option 1: do the climb to 5 Points with the group and go back on the Fern Canyon Trail (about 2 miles total); the FCT is a popular, wide trail and easy to follow back to the parking lot. Option 2: continue with the group to Vista View Point before heading back towards 5 Points then the Fern Canon Trail to the start (about 2.5-miles total). If you are still feeling strong after the push to Vista View Point continue the steady climb to Mt. Hollywood. The views heading up the East Ridge Trail and at the peak are amazing, well worth the effort.
Points: Parking Lot (565'), 5 Point (940'), Vista View Point (990'), Glendale Peak (1184') Mount Hollywood (1625')
Difficulty: (Advance) TNT workouts are NOT slow pace hikes and the difficulty level is NOT for beginner hikers. TNT are interval training workouts 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) If your name is on the "I'm Going" list & you cannot make it please change your RSVP to "Not Attending". Thanks in advance.
Meet Up Spot/Directions: Parking Lot #2 (CLICK HERE)
The island by the entrance, east side of the lot, & first row of lights (see pic)
- 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
- Small camera
- Trekking Poles
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)
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.