Parks >Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002734.134853 -118.287950
Daily 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Trails, paths, mt. roads closed at Sunset
Biking is great – The lower section features a great 8 mile bike path with a nice hill in the back. There's a connected ride with a section of the L.A. River which can extend the ride another 10 miles or so. If you're feeling like a nice long climb, you can go up Vermont to the Observatory, it's a nice 2 mile climb. Don't bother going on weekend afternoons for any reason, picnicers tend to treat the park like their personal garbage can, it gets pretty trashed, nasty. They do a good job of cleaning overnight though.
Great Park – There are many things to discover in Griffith Park! One of my favorites is the night hikes the Sierra Club leads.
Beautiful, scenic tennis – Nestled in the foothills of Griffith Park, these tennis courts (about 15 of them) are well-maintained and scenic. It costs about $15 to become a "member" here, after which you may reserve a court by telephone. Courts are free during week and $6/hr on weekends.
Fun hikes...bring your dog. – It's definatly peaceful. The trails are easy and beginner friendly. Great views and makes you feel a hundred miles away from the big city. It's a great break from the L.A. pace...
Beautiful Sunsets, Good Bike Paths – Skip the observatory--it's usually crowded (and trashed) anyway. Wait 'til dusk and then go directly to the roof; the view of the city at sunset is really stunning. Also love the bike trails on the lower half of the park. Ride early tho--they get crowded by mid-morning on the weekends.
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