Griffith Park Hike & Observatory Tour
WHAT: Griffith Park Hike and Observatory Tour
WHERE: Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 10am hike begins, 12:30pm meet at Griffith Observatory
Join Rod Roddenberry and the Roddenberry Adventures team for a day of hiking and exploration in Griffith Park. We will hike the rugged hills up to the Griffith Observatory where we will enjoy expansive views of Los Angeles. Participants will have the option to do a round trip hike, a one-way hike up to or down from the Observatory, or to drive to and from the Observatory for the exploratory tour. The full hike is approximately 7 miles round trip and will take 6–7 hours, depending on how much time we spend exploring the Griffith Observatory. We will begin the hike at 10:00am, arrive at the Observatory around 12:30pm for lunch and exploration, and return back to our cars between 3:00pm-5:00pm.
We will meet at the Griffith Observatory Obelisk around 12:30pm, and stop at The Café at the End of the Universe for a cool drink and snacks/lunch. We can check out one of the shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and talk to amateur astronomers about what is currently visible in the sky.
There is no admission charge to enter the Observatory building. Please note that everyone will be responsible for paying for food and beverages purchased at the café (between $5 and $10 per person) and for tickets to view a show at the Planetarium (tickets cost $3 – $7 per person).
Griffith Park Hike and Observatory Tour Options:
Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from the group hike meeting location, to or from the Observatory for the ½ hikes, or to and from the Observatory if you are not hiking and just meeting the group for the Observatory portion of the event.
HIKE & TOUR SCHEDULE
10:00am – hike from Griffith Park to Griffith Observatory begins
12:30pm – meet at the Griffith Observatory Obelisk for lunch, show and exploratory tour
4:00pm – arrive back to hike starting point
Griffith Park lies just west of the Golden State Freeway (I-5), roughly between Los Feliz Boulevard on the south and the Ventura Freeway (SR 134) on the north. Freeway off-ramps leading to the park from I-5 are Los Feliz Boulevard, Griffith Park (direct entry) and Zoo Drive. Approaching the park on SR 134 eastbound, take either the Forest Lawn Drive or Victory Boulevard offramps. From SR 134 westbound, take Zoo Drive or Forest Lawn Drive. After leaving freeways, follow the signs into the park. Click here for maps of Griffith Park
We’ll be meeting at the north end of the dirt parking lot on Canyon Drive at 10am. On the maps below the purple pin is our designated meeting spot. The parking lot often fills up so either arrive early or you’ll have to find Street parking a couple blocks south on Canyon Drive. walk to the meeting spot (Pin A on the map below).
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Visitors may approach the Observatory via the Vermont or Fern Dell entrances to Griffith Park. Please note that access via Fern Dell closes each evening at sunset. Click here for map of Griffith Observatory
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ABOUT GRIFFITH PARK
Griffith Park is located in Los Angeles, CA in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range. It is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness area in the United States with over 4,210 acres of both natural chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas. The Park’s elevations range from 384 – 1,625 feet above sea level. It offers numerous family attractions, an assortment of educational and cultural institutions, and miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, and provides visitors an ideal environment for enjoyable recreation activities.
ABOUT GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY
Griffith Observatory is a Los Angeles icon, and a national leader in public astronomy. It is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin
Samuel Oschin Planetarium