TRAIL NAME: Griffith Park – Merry Go Round to Amir’s Garden
HIKE DATE: Sunday, November 24, 2013
MEETING TIME: 9:00am
(We’ll wait 15 mins and leave at 9:15am)
HIKE LEAD: Gianni Manzano
HIKE LEVEL: Level 4
WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Find out more about hiking levels here:
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.
DURATION: 2.5 Hours (Approx.)
TRAIL WALKTHROUGH: This trail will start at the Merry-Go-Round 1 parking lot. We’ll venture Northwest and head uphill. Our goal will be to get to Amir’s Garden and pass along the old historic LA Zoo area. 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. 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.
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.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THIS HIKE?
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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