This is one of the series of “easy” (as opposed to “strenuous”), i.e., Level 1 to Level 3, hikes for reasonably fit beginners and low intermediates. These hikes are intended to meet the demand of folks who are not training to climb Mt. Everest or compete in an Ironman event but still want to get some good exercise. The pace is moderate and never “zippy” (really and not just probably), length of 3 – 4 miles, elevation gain of 800 ft. maximum on 0% – 15% inclines and always staying on the main trail, i.e., we don’t do any “trail blazing” or “bush whacking.” All of these hikes are on the lower trails that run through the hills behind the L.A. Zoo, Travel Town, Beacon Hill and the golf course areas near the ranger station in the Crystal Springs area of Griffith Park.
The hike this afternoon will be a 3.6-mile loop around Beacon Hill. It begins with a 1 mile climb up the moderate incline of the Fern Canyon Trail to the “Five Points” trail junction just to the west of the summit of Beacon Hill. There, we take the Coolidge Trail down 1.2 miles to the junction with the Lower Beacon Trail where we then follow its gently undulating track for 1.4 miles back to the Merry Go Round parking lot. Along the Fern Canyon and Lower Beacon Trails we’ll have nice views of I-5, Burbank, Glendale and the distant San Gabriel mountains. This entire loop should take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete at our usual nice easy pace.
For those who would like to join in, after the hike, we’ll head over to the “Huell Howser certified” Tallyrand diner in nearby Burbank to enjoy a nice “apres hike” meal of a hot turkey sandwich (Huell’s personal favorite) or one of the other yummy – and fun – Tallyrand specialties.
Meet up point will be at the entrance of Merry Go Round Parking Lot #1. Parking in the lot is free of charge. There will be a grace period of 10 minutes for late arrivals so the group will leave at 11:00 AM sharp.
What to bring and/or wear:
1. Water (1 liter is good)
2. Good pair of hiking shoes or sturdy (as opposed to thin-skinned) cross-trainers
3. Sun protection, i.e., sun block, hat, bandana, etc.
4. Light jacket or wind breaker
5. Some kind of signaling device like a whistle, flashlight, cell phone, in case of an emergency
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