TRAIL NAME: Griffith Observatory to Mt. Hollywood to Mt. Lee at Griffith Park.
WHAT IS NATIONAL TRAILS DAY®?
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. For public and private land managers alike, National Trails Day® is a great time to showcase beautiful landscapes and special or threatened locales as thousands of people will be outside looking to participate in NTD events.
HIKE DATE: Saturday, June 06, 2015
MEETING TIME: 8:00am – 8:20am
(We’ll wait about 20 mins, and we’ll leave the trail head at 8:20am)
(Return approx: 11:45am)
HIKE LEAD: Jason Bazalar
HIKE LEVEL: Level 5 – (Moderate Uphill with some Rolling Hills)
WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Find out more about hiking levels here:
HIKE RSVP (Optional):
Facebook Event Page : https://www.facebook.com/events/1610232219218146/
National Trails Day® Page: http://www.nationaltrailsday.org/events/hollywood-sign-hike-la-trail-hikers/
HIKE DURATION: 3 Hours (approx)
HIKE DISTANCE: 6.2 Miles Roundtrip (3.1 Miles one-way)
PARKING: There is no charge for parking at the Observatory Parking Lot.
TRAIL WALKTHROUGH: We start at the Griffith Observatory Parking lot as our meeting point and go up a slight incline around Mt. Hollywood (aka Dante’s Peak) (to save some energy for the rest of the walk). Then we head over to the north side of hill to go on to the semi-leveled trail which will take us to the last hill. Upon the arrival to the last hill, we will go up Mt. Lee until we get to the top where you’ll have an incredible view of the (backside of the) Hollywood Sign letters, Hollywood reservoir, and the surrounding cities. You won’t be able to touch the letters as they are fenced off and under surveillance 24/7, but you will be close enough for some great pictures.. We return on the slightly similar path, but it’s usually a bit easier once we get around the Dante’s peak area, where we will take an easier path down back to the trail head.
WATER REQUIRED. WATER CHECK WILL BE PERFORMED. If you do not take enough water or are not appropriately equipped for this hike, you will be turned away from doing this hike with us even if you show up. Please note, that we have expectations for Level 5 hikers.
REQUIRED: 2 to 3 Liters of water, sunscreen, a good small lunch/snack for the midway point. Must have a light breakfast bite to prior to hike.
RECOMMENDED: Comfortable walking shoes (Distance is a factor). Long Wind Breaker Pants (so dry brush doesn’t hit your legs). Double the water you usually take (usually a backpack or camel back are good to carry your hydration liquids). Small Snack to eat when we get to the Hollywood Sign (You’ll want a snack!). Use the restroom prior to meeting time as there are none along the way.
HIGHLY OPTIONAL: Purchase a NTD T-Shirt ahead of time to wear on the day of the hike! We’re aiming for Yellow shirts, but you can purchase the color of your choice. Make sure you purchase with so you get it shipped with good time.
Get your shirts here: http://www.americanhiking.org/shop/national-trails-day-t-shirt-2015/
DOG FRIENDLY?: Yes. However, it must be on a leash, have hiking experience, and must be friendly with other dogs and hikers. Must bring water and a container for it to drink from. And must pick up after your pet.
The Hollywood Sign Hike is quite a demanding trail distance wise, but quite fun! Try to pack as light as possible. Please plan accordingly.
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).
MY FRIEND SAID I CAN DO THIS HIKE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT, RIGHT?
We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for. You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.
ABOUT NATIONAL TRAILS DAY®
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.
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