• 💦💧 SWITZER WATERFALLS / OPTIONAL MEXICAN FOOD / SHENANIGANS AFTERWARDS!! 💦💧

    5-6 MILE HIKE alongside a stream... gonna be 68 degrees!!! Lots of rock-hopping... (last time a few of us got wet shoes... but if you're careful you can avoid the water...) parking's gonna be TRICKY... so expect to park on one of the upper parking lots and walk down 1/2 to 3/4 mile to the trailhead... allow an extra 20-25 minutes to find parking and walk down ✅***IF YOU LEAVE THE WEST SIDE BY 11:15 AM you'll have time to park and walk down to the trailhead✅ GOOGLE MAP TO SWITZER FALLS bring a snack and water... we'll stop a few times for snack-break and to take pics etc... DOGS OK ON LEASH!!! MEET AT LOWER SWITZER FALLS PARKING LOT BETWEEN THE RESTROOM AND THE BRIDGE https://youtu.be/lVU5mDG-NOE *****YOU NEED AN ADVENTURE PASS ( one per vehicle / $5 per DAY pass ) and can be purchased at the RANGER station on the right; 1/2 mile before the turn to the parking lot. YEAR passes are $30 a year OPTIONAL FOOD AT LOS GRINGOS LOCOS KITCHEN AFTER HIKE 631 FOOTHILL DRIVE; LA CANADA GOOGLE MAPS: LOS GRINGOS LOCOS - 631 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 (https://goo.gl/maps/Z3mMFm5LFTA2)

  • Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

    Merry Go Round Lot#2

    This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]

  • Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

    Merry Go Round Lot#2

    This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]

  • Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

    Merry Go Round Lot#2

    This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]

  • Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

    Merry Go Round Lot#2

    This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]

  • 🌻🌺 POPPY RESERVE / POPPY FESTIVAL / FOOD - MUSIC - ART - VARIOUS SHENANIGANS🌺

    Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

    GORGEOUS HIKE thru the California POPPY reserve.... we're doing an EASY PEAZY stroll through the poppy fields... takin' some pics and related shenanigans for a few hours and then heading to the town of Lancaster for the POPPY FESTIVAL!! Poppy Reserve Website (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627) Poppy Festival Website (http://www.poppyfestival.com/generalinformation.php) ********* NIFTY MAP to all locations ******** (http://goo.gl/maps/Gh6m4) The 411: 1) Leave the West Side no later than 8:30 AM to get to the Poppy Reserve, park, (LONG line to get into the parking lot) and meet everyone in or near the Visitor Center by 10:30 (if you get there early... the visitor center is pretty interesting) Parking $10 per vehicle ***** there's a LOOOONG line to get into the park... get there a little early 2) We'll gather up and leave for the hike approx 10:45 from the Visitor Center. Hike will only be 3-4 miles... and will be the easiest hike we've ever done. Estimated time 3 hours of hiking, with LOTS of time for photography etc. 3) Drive to the Poppy Festival ( half hour away ) Free parking, $10 admission 4) AFTER going thru the gate,,, there's a FOOD COURT area where we'll meet... there's 2 music stages, art, food etc etc... ETA at the festival should be around 3-ish ish ish. It lasts till 6PM. 5) IF anyone's interested... there's a few cool little Saloons on the way back home... "Harley's ROCK INN" near Lake Elizabeth open till 9PM. *** Any questions you may have can most likely be answered by visiting the links above

  • Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

    Merry Go Round Lot#2

    This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]

  • Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

    Merry Go Round Lot#2

    This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]

  • Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

    Merry Go Round Lot#2

    This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]