Seth's Griffith 14
This is a somewhat hilly tour of Griffith Park… Starting on the trail next to the Park Ranger office off of Crystal Springs Dr, head up and around Beacon Hill via Lower Beacon and Coolidge Trails. After passing the Griffith Helipad, head down Riverside Trail making a right at Vermont Canyon Dr (stay on the dirt trial) and eventually (after a final steep climb) up to the Mt Hollywood peak (great observation point of the LA, the Griffith Observatory, and the Hollywood Sign). Then head north around Taco Peak, Mt Bell, and Mt Chapel and a steady climb up the paved Mt Lee Dr. to eventually arrive above and behind the famed Hollywood Sign. From here, head out Wonder View Trail climbing up and over Cahuenga Peak to eventually arrive at Burbank Peak and the Wisdom Tree (nice views of LA, Burbank, Toluca Lake, and Lake Hollywood). Turn around and head back to Mt Chapel (this time taking the south side route) and then down the north side of Mt Bell to North Trail. Follow North Trail past Amir’s Garden (water fountain on the left) and then head right on Mineral Wells Trail which will eventually become Upper Old Zoo Trail. Short climb and drop back past Lower Beacon Trail and then to the Park Ranger offices (water and bathrooms if needed).