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Los Angeles Hike Details

  Griffith Park  
Trail - Griffith Park
10:10 am

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Area Los Angeles
Address https://www.google.com/maps/place/Merry+Go+Round+Lot+One,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90027/@34.1329826,-118.2845903,17z/data=!4m9!1m2!2m1!1sFire+Road+and+Crystal+Springs+Drive,+Los+Angeles+CA+90027+@+34.1317061,-118.283741!3m5!1s0x80c2c08e678f1df1:0xdc26bf07ee64b602!8m2!3d34.1314433!4d-118.283541!16s%2Fg%2F11b8tb3g03?entry=ttu
Elevation 151.90 m ( 490 ft )
Change n/a
Distance 8.05 km ( 5.00 miles )
Difficulty Moderate
Lat / Long 34.1317061, -118.283741

Directions  We will be meeting in the parking lot for the Merry-Go-Round park center, at the area closest to and overlooking the Merry-Go-Round. This is located on the fire road to off of Crystal Springs Drive.

Coming from either direction on Crystal Springs look for a sign for the Merry-Go-Round park center picnic area.

* From the LA zoo you take a right onto the fire road

* From Los Feliz you take a left onto the fire road

The parking lot is at the end of the fire road on the right.

Check google maps (via any of our map links) or look at the map in the aerial photos section of this trail.

The Good  This trail sports a fabulous view of the city.

Where  East side of Griffith Park, just before the LA Zoo. We meet at the Merry-Go-Round parking lot.

Notes  Located in Park Center between the Los Angeles Zoo and the Los Feliz park entrance, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round has been a Los Angeles family attraction for over five generations.

Built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company and brought to Griffith Park in 1937, the Merry-Go-Round boasts 68 horses, every one a jumper. Each horse is finely carved with jewel-encrusted bridles, detailed draped blankets, and decorated with sunflowers and lion's heads. A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, reputed to be the largest band organ accompanying a carousel on the West Coast, plays over 1500 selections of marches and waltz music.

While the difficulty rating for this hike is listed as moderate, there are a couple of relatively short but difficult stretches: One at the beginning and one near the end. But the hike is well worth the sweat.
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Past hikes
Jun 11th, 2023        Jun 12th, 2022   (1)Jan 2nd, 2022        Nov 22nd, 2020        Aug 18th, 2019        
Mar 13th, 2016        Dec 27th, 2015        Apr 6th, 2014        Feb 17th, 2013        Jul 22nd, 2012        
Nov 6th, 2011        Sep 25th, 2011        Jul 31st, 2011        Feb 20th, 2011        Dec 19th, 2010        
Aug 29th, 2010        Jul 4th, 2010        Jan 10th, 2010        Oct 4th, 2009        Sep 27th, 2009        
Aug 16th, 2009        Apr 12th, 2009   (2)Apr 5th, 2009        Jan 11th, 2009   (7)Nov 30th, 2008        
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Aug 13th, 2006        May 14th, 2006        Apr 2nd, 2006        Dec 25th, 2005   (3)Oct 16th, 2005        
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