REAL TRAIL NAME: FRANKLIN CANYON (Hastain Trail)
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LAST HIKE DATE: Thursday, July 12, 2012
MEETING TIME: 7:00pm
(We’ll wait about 15 mins. after the meeting time)
HIKE LEAD: TBA
HIKE LEVEL: Level 4
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DURATION: 2 1/2 hours (approx.)
Coldwater Canyon Park (located on the corner of Coldwater Canyon & Beverly Drive)
1100 Coldwater Canyon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Park your cars alongside the curb/sidewalk.
We will be driving from here to the parking area inside of Franklin Canyon Park which is about 2 miles.
ABOUT THE HIKE:
Franklin Canyon Park is a public park located near Benedict Canyon at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. The park comprises 605 acre, and is located at the purported geographical center of the city of Los Angeles. The park features the infamous 3 acre lake, a duck pond and over five miles (8 km) of hiking trails. The lake and pond are visited by birds in the Pacific Flyway. Great views, including the canyons and Beverly Hills.
Hastain Trail: 2.8 miles round trip, moderate to strenuous—Rising steadily on a fire road through a chaparral covered slope, you will arrive at an overlook offering views of the lower canyon, west Los Angeles. On our way back, if time permits, we will be visiting the other part of the park, where we will be visiting a beautiful duck pond and a visit to the Franklin Canyon Lake which is the infamous lake from the opening credits of the Andy Griffith Show.
If time allows, we’ll additionally visit this trail:
Discovery Trail: 0.3 miles round trip, easy— Loops through the black walnut woodland along the canyon bottom. There we will find “Heavenly Pond” is a small duck pond located to the west of the Franklin Canyon Lake. We can observe the very active bird life on the water in this quiet area.
From West Los Angeles, head north on Beverly Drive following signs to Coldwater Canyon. Turn left on Coldwater/Beverly Drive, and turn left again on Beverly Drive, at Fire Station No. 2. The third right is Franklin Canyon Drive. Continue through the residential area to park entrance. At the intersection of Franklin Canyon Drive and Lake Drive turn right to go to Franklin Canyon Ranch site, or turn left to go to the Sooky Goldman Nature Center and Franklin Canyon Lake.
From the San Fernando Valley, take the Ventura Freeway (101) or Ventura Boulevard to Coldwater Canyon Boulevard. Head south to the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive. Make a 90 degree right turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive. Road signs read “Road Closed 800 Feet” “Sunset to Sunrise”; this is the park entrance. Do NOT make a U-turn as this will bring you onto Mulholland Drive instead of Franklin Canyon. Stay on paved surface to reach the Sooky Goldman Nature Center. Continue south of the lake for 1.5 miles to reach the Franklin Canyon Ranch site area.
Parking: The main parking lot is located at the Ranch Area adjacent to the Doheny House. Additional parking is available along Lake Drive and at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.
Address: 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
REQUIRED: 1 to 2 Liters of water
RECOMMENDED: sports/hiking shoes, sunscreen, snack(s)
DOG FRIENDLY: Dogs are welcome, but must be on leash and are not allowed to swim in any bodies of water.
PARKING: Parking is free
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