Griffith Park – Amir’s Garden

amirs_gardenREAL TRAIL NAME: Griffith Park – Merry Go Round to Amir’s Garden

This hike will include a 2-hour session of volunteer work in the garden area. Please continue reading below for more details.

HIKE DATE: Saturday, September 13, 2014

(We’ll wait 15 mins and leave at 8:15am)

HIKE LEAD: Jason Bazalar


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HIKE DISTANCE: 4 miles round trip (Approx.)

HIKE DURATION: 2 Hours (Approx.) + 2 hour of yard work volunteering = 4 hours Total

merrygoroundmeetingpointMEETING PLACE:
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round Parking Lot #1
(The following address is the closest address to the Merry Go Round area)
4668 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027


FROM L.A. – 5 FWY NORTH: Take the the Griffith Park exit (this is right after the Los Feliz exit). At the exit, make a right on Cyrstal Springs. Continue until you see the the next available left turn (you’ll see a sign that says Merry Go Round). Go up and you’ll reach what looks like a dead end but if you turn right, you’ll see the big parking lot.
Less Traffic via:
605 North > 60 West or 105 West> 710 North >10 West > 5 North > take the Griffith Park exit (after Los Feliz)

FROM BURANK – 5 FWY SOUTH: Take the the Los Feliz exit (which is after the Colorado exit). At the exit, stay on your left and make a left on to Los Feliz West. Next, take the first available right into the Park (this will be Crystal Springs Blvd). Continue past the first few stops until you see the the next available left turn (you’ll see a sign that says Merry Go Round). Go up and you’ll reach what looks like a dead end but if you turn right, you’ll see the big parking lot.
Alternate Route (From Burbank using Zoo Dr.):
South on Alameda Blvd > Right on Victory Blvd > Go over 134 fwy > Make a left on on Zoo Dr > Continue past the Zoo, the Autry Museum (you’ll be making a zig zag after this), Golf Course (on left hand side), Pass the first right turn > make a right at the second second stop sign > make a right into Parking Lot #1.

[Click on the address above or scroll Down for a map of the Meeting Point]

TRAIL WALKTHROUGH:  This trail will start at the Merry-Go-Round 1 parking lot. We’ll venture Northwest and head uphill.  There will be some small hills (about 2 are a bit steep) and the most the rest of the trail is quite leveled. 1/2 a mile before we reach Amir’s Garden, we’ll be going up a hill that will be a work out, but most of our hikers take it their own pace and do great. We’ll take plenty of water and breather breaks so everyone get an opportunity to keep up and keep hydrated.

On this special hike, we’ll be giving back to one of our favorite visited garden areas by volunteering about 2 hours of our time by helping in some garden maintenance. While at the garden, and under the guidance of the garden’s current caretaker, Kristin Sabo, we’ll be weed pulling and planting.  There has currently been huge grass infiltration in the garden and the only way to deal with it is to pull it. You’ll be moving around plenty, and you will be in constant contact with the garden’s floor, dirt and plants. Hikers should bring gloves, water, and knee pads or seat pads as needed. Kristin has also noted that she will make small garden tools available for use at the garden. After the two hour session, any hikers who may want to continue working may do so and return back to the parking lot at their own discretion. However, we’ll keep as planned with the majority of the group and start heading back.

Then we’ll have a snack up at the top, Amir’s Garden. There we can admire all the surrounding plants that have been grown there along with plenty of shade and benches.

RESTROOMS: Restrooms are available next to the Merry Go Round. We suggest you go prior the meeting point. There will be no other restrooms along the way.

REQUIRED: Water is required for all of our hikes. We recommend at least 1 liter of water (or 3 small bottles of water) for this hike.

RECOMMENDED: Comfortable hiking shoes with good grip. Comfortable cross training or any other type of sport/recreation shoes should be fine for this hike. Bring sunblock and snacks to have at the half way point.

DOG-FRIENDLY?:  Yes, this trail is okay for friendly dogs. However, dogs MUST be on a leash at all times.


1. Read the Hike’s Details we link at the very top of this page.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
3. If, and only if it suits you, then RSVP for this event and show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hike).

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