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60 hikes within 60 miles, Los Angeles : including Ventura and Orange counties /

by Randall, Laura.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: 60 hikes within 60 miles: Publisher: Birmingham, Alabama : Menasha Ridge Press, [2016]Edition: 3rd edition.Description: xviii, 245 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781634040365; 1634040368.Subject(s): Hiking -- California -- Los Angeles Region -- Guidebooks | Los Angeles Region (Calif.) -- Guidebooks | Guidebooks | Guidebooks
Partial contents:
Overview Map inside front cover -- 60 Hikes by Category -- Introduction -- DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (Griffith Park, Hollywood, Baldwin Hills) -- WEST (including San Fernando Valley, Verdugo Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains) -- EAST (including Glendale, Pasadena, San Gabriel Mountains) -- COAST (Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes) -- ORANGE COUNTY AREA.
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It's Time to Take a Hike in Los Angeles! <p> 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles shows readers how to quickly drive to and enjoy the best hikes from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.<br> <br> With time, health, and pin money at a premium, this handy guide helps Angelenos get back to nature without going out of town. From Palos Verdes on the coast to Santa Clarita to the north and the expansive San Gabriel Mountains, it details 60 hikes and walks within roughly an hour's drive of Los Angeles, encouraging even the most time-starved trekkers to get on the trails and get healthy.<br> <br> Extensive at-a-glance information makes it easy to choose the perfect hike based on length, difficulty, scenery, or on a specific factor such as hikes good for families, runners, or birding. Each trail profile includes maps, directions, driving times, nearby attractions, and other pertinent details.<br> <br> Having lived in just about every area of Los Angeles, author Laura Randall provides key in-the-know information about traffic patterns, the best times to hike, how to avoid expensive parking fees, and the best burrito joints near the trailhead.</p>

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Includes index.

Overview Map inside front cover -- 60 Hikes by Category -- Introduction -- DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (Griffith Park, Hollywood, Baldwin Hills) -- WEST (including San Fernando Valley, Verdugo Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains) -- EAST (including Glendale, Pasadena, San Gabriel Mountains) -- COAST (Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes) -- ORANGE COUNTY AREA.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Overview Map
  • Overview Map Key (p. i)
  • Acknowledgments (p. viii)
  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • Preface (p. x)
  • 60 Hikes by Category (p. xiii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Downtown Los Angeles (Including Griffith Park, Hollywood, Baldwin Hills) (p. 10)
  • 1 Baldwin Hills: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Trails (p. 12)
  • 2 Burbank Peak to Mount Lee (p. 16)
  • 3 Elysian Park: Angels Point to Bishops Canyon (p. 20)
  • 4 Elysian Park: Wildflower Trail (p. 23)
  • 5 Ernest E. Debs Regional Park: City View and Walnut Forest Trails (p. 27)
  • 6 Griffith Park: Amir's Garden (p. 31)
  • 7 Griffith Park: Charlie Turner Trail (p. 34)
  • 8 Griffith Park: Hollyridge Trail (p. 38)
  • 9 Mount Washington: Jack Smith Trail (p. 41)
  • 10 Runyon Canyon (p. 44)
  • West (Including San Fernando Valley, Verdugo Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains) (p. 48)
  • 11 Arroyo Sequit Trail (p. 50)
  • 12 Caballero Canyon Trail (p. 53)
  • 13 Calabasas Peak Motorway (p. 56)
  • 14 Franklin Canyon: Ranch and Hastain Trails (p. 59)
  • 15 Fryman Canyon Loop (p. 63)
  • 16 Grotto Trail (p. 66)
  • 17 Malibu Creek State Park: M&ast;A&ast;S&ast;H Trail (p. 69)
  • 18 Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park; Hub Junction Trail (p. 72)
  • 19 Paramount Ranch: Hacienda Trail to Backdrop Trail (p. 75)
  • 20 Peter Strauss Trail (p. 79)
  • 21 San Vicente Mountain: Old Nike Missile Site (p. 83)
  • East (including Glendale, Pasadena, San Gabriel Mountains) (p. 86)
  • 22 Arroyo Seco: Gabrielino National Recreation Trail (p. 88)
  • 23 Beaudry Loop (p. 92)
  • 24 Brand Fire Road Trail (p. 96)
  • 25 Cherry Canyon Park (p. 99)
  • 26 Deukmejian Wilderness Park Trails (p. 103)
  • 27 Eaton Canyon Falls and Henninger Flats (p. 107)
  • 28 Josephine Peak (p. 111)
  • 29 La Canada Fire Road to Gabrielino National Recreation Trail (p. 114)
  • 30 La Tuna Canyon (p. 117)
  • 31 Legg Lake Loop Trail (p. 120)
  • 32 Lower Arroyo Seco Trail (p. 123)
  • 33 Millard Canyon: Sunset Ridge Trail (p. 127)
  • 34 Monrovia Canyon Park: Bill Cull and Falls Trails (p. 131)
  • 35 Mount Wilson Trail to Orchard Camp (p. 135)
  • 36 Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain (p. 139)
  • 37 Stough Canyon Nature Center Trail (p. 143)
  • 38 Switzer Falls via Bear Canyon Trail (p. 146)
  • 39 West Fork Trail (p. 149)
  • Coast (including Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes) (p. 154)
  • 40 Charmlee Wilderness Park Loop Trail (p. 156)
  • 41 Corral Canyon Loop (p. 159)
  • 42 Palos Verdes: Ocean Trails Reserve (p. 162)
  • 43 Paseo Miramar Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook (p. 166)
  • 44 Portuguese Bend Reserve: Burma Road Trail (p. 170)
  • 45 Solstice Canyon and Rising Sun Trails (p. 173)
  • 46 Temescal Ridge Trail (p. 176)
  • 47 Will Rogers State Historic Park: Inspiration Point Loop Trail (p. 179)
  • Orange County and La Puente Hills (p. 184)
  • 48 Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach (p. 186)
  • 49 Crystal Cove State Park: El Mora Canyon Trail (p. 190)
  • 50 Hacienda Hills Trail (p. 194)
  • 51 Hellman Park: Peppergrass Trail to Rattlesnake Ridge Trail (p. 197)
  • 52 Oak Canyon Nature Center: Bluebird Lane and Wren Way (p. 201)
  • 53 Peters Canyon Regional Park: Lake View Trail (p. 204)
  • Simi and Antelope Valleys (p. 208)
  • 54 Corriganville Park: Interpretive and Loop Trails (p. 210)
  • 55 Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area: Devil's Chair Trail (p. 214)
  • 56 Davis Park in Towsley Canyon: Canyon View Loop Trail (p. 218)
  • 57 Hummingbird Trail (p. 221)
  • 58 Pacific Crest Trail at Vasquez Rocks (p. 225)
  • 59 Placerita Canyon: Walker Ranch (p. 229)
  • 60 Wildwood Park: Lizard Rock (p. 233)
  • Appendix A Outdoor Shops (p. 237)
  • Appendix B Hiking Clubs and Organizations (p. 238)
  • About the Author (p. 245)
  • Map Legend

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">ELYSIAN PARK: WILDFLOWER TRAIL DISTANCE & CONFIGURATION: 2.5-mile loop DIFFICULTY: Easy SCENERY: Wildflowers; birds; groves of ficus, oak, and sycamore trees EXPOSURE: Sun and shade TRAFFIC: Moderate TRAIL SURFACE: Packed dirt HIKING TIME: 1.25 hours ACCESS: Daily, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; free MAPS: USGS Los Angeles; at kiosk near Grace E. Simons Lodge WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No FACILITIES: Restrooms, picnic tables, water fountains, playground CONTACT: 213-485-5054; laparks.org /dos/parks/facility/elysianPk.htm COMMENTS: No bikes are allowed on this trail, and dogs must be leashed. IN BRIEF Yellow wildflowers and birds dominate this easy loop trail in the spring. It's a popular jogging path year-round, but it never seems overcrowded. A small secluded garden with a bench can be found at the midway point. DESCRIPTION The 600-acre Elysian Park is the city's oldest park and second only in size to Griffith Park. No stranger to controversy, the park saw three of its communities uprooted to make room for Dodger Stadium in 1950, and later it was divided in half by the Pasadena Freeway. Still, it's a great place for a solitary run or hike, though its lack of good trail maps can be confusing for those unfamiliar with the area. Birders also frequent the park; recent sightings include red-tailed hawks, western bluebirds, black-headed grosbeaks, and Lucy's warblers. On weekends, the park is full of picnicking families, exercise hounds, and nature lovers. If there happens to be a home baseball game, the area is even livelier; try to plan your visit so it doesn't coincide with the beginning or end of a game, or you will likely find yourself caught in a massive traffic jam. The Wildflower Trail begins just beyond a lush, grassy picnic area landscaped with palm trees and picnic tables. Look for the white fire-road gate near the sign for Grace E. Simons Lodge, a rental facility for birthday parties, weddings, and corporate gatherings. Begin walking on the dirt trail past rows of tall pine and sycamore trees. To your right is a shady ravine that serves as a buffer to Stadium Way, which runs parallel with the first leg of the trail. In the spring, you'll soon reach the thick patches of yellow wildflowers that give the trail its name. At about 0.5 mile, the path dips downward and gives way to prominent views of both sides of I-5, one of L.A.'s busiest roads. Hiking this trail during rush hour makes it all the sweeter as you look down on the gridlock below. Beyond the freeway and industrial areas that surround it, you can also see the Verdugo and San Gabriel Mountains. It's not long, however, before the path curves around to the left and heads uphill away from the freeway. Just shy of 1 mile, you'll pass a green water tower and glimpse private homes on the right, though they are well shrouded by trees and brush. As the uphill path levels, you'll reach a shady resting place with a bench, trash cans, and landscaping. This is the Marian Harlow Memorial Grove, a peaceful place to stop and rest for a moment. For a shorter hike, take the path to the left of the garden back to the trailhead. To extend this hike, you can continue to the right for another mile or so. The trail widens a bit here and on clear days has views of the downtown L.A. skyline--first filtered through the trees, then wide-open views. You will probably see more foot traffic along this leg of the trail, as it can also be easily accessed from a small parking lot on Academy Road. At 1.2 miles, you'll pass another trail that leads back to the parking lot. I had intended to take this trail back to my car, but the cloudless day made me want to prolong the hike, so I continued on the main trail as it loomed over Grace E. Simons Lodge and the Chavez Ravine Arboretum on my left. After about 0.5 mile, I reached the Academy Road parking lot and reversed course on a paved path that led back to the parking lot. NEARBY ACTIVITIES Take some time before or after your hike to walk through the open-air Chavez Ravine Arboretum, near the parking lot for Grace E. Simons Lodge. Founded in 1893 by the Los Angeles Horticultural Society, the arboretum has more than 1,000 varieties of trees from around the world, including redwoods from northern California, pines from the Rocky Mountains, and eucalyptus from Australia. For more information call 213-485-5054 or visit laparks.org/dos/horticulture/chavez.htm. GPS TRAILHEAD COORDINATES N34° 5.210' W118° 14.596' From I-5, take Exit 138 (Stadium Way), and follow signs to Dodger Stadium. In 0.8 mile, turn right at Grace E. Simons Lodge, and park along the curb or farther down the road in the parking lot adjacent to the lodge. The trailhead is just behind you to the right. Excerpted from 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles by Laura Randall All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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