This will be a scenic hike that takes us on a trail tour of some of the best landmarks in Griffith Park. We will start down in Fern Dell, hike through the grounds of the Griffith Observatory, and on to Dante's View which is a volunteer tended garden with tremendous views of Los Angeles and the Valley. We will be in full view of the Hollywood sign most of the way. Wildflowers are in bloom and so we will take a route that will give us the best view of them as well.
Afterward, as time allows, those who want to can grab some lunch at Trails Cafe on their shady patio. There is also the option for anyone who wants to, to hang out on grounds of the Griffith Observatory on the way back (instead of continuing back down to the cars right away) to visit the observatory when they open at 12pm. It is easy to find your way back down the hill to the Trails Cafe when you are finished. Observatory admission, ground and telescopes are always FREE.
The description below of Dante's View is borrowed from The Larchmont Buzz
Dante Orgolini was a Brazilian journalist and artist who came to the U.S. in 1926 to pursue a degree in art at Boston University. He quickly settled into life as a journalist for Brazil’s popular A Noite newspaper covering Hollywood filmmakers and leading movie stars of the period.
During the years he raised his young family in Los Feliz, Orgolini discovered Griffith Park. Hiking every trail and promontory soon became a cherished pastime for him and exploring the vast terrain of the park gave him a profound understanding of the importance of this natural area with its spectacular views above the ever-expanding city. From these early days, armed with only a pick and shovel he had brought from home, and the help of fellow hikers and park rangers, Dante carved out the mountainside garden that still stands today.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This hike is in full sun so make sure to bring shade: a hat and/or and umbrella, and plenty of water. Salty food or electrolyte tabs of your water might be a good idea if you tend to sweat a lot.
Hiking Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
(This is not a very long hike but there will be sustained uphill hiking in full sun on a pretty warm day.)
Approximate Distance: 4.5 miles
Approximate time: 3 hrs
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