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Volkswalking at the Film Festival

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For any of those interested, there are three walks laid out by a local Volkswalking branch of the AVA. I didn't find a copyright on the three descriptions, so I'll post each of the three here for your enjoyment.

 

I'm sure they would tell you that they are not liable for any injuries or harm that results from you crossing streets against traffic or anything else. So, keep your head level and your eyes moving when you do these walks.

 

Just so you know, the AVA is a non-profit group that promotes walking. My role with them is ... I love to walk. That's it. They have challenges that fall into various categories - Public Gardens, Bakeries, Historic Churches, etc. And, the challenge for these three walks is "Hooray for Hollywood".

 

I don't want to post a link to their website because I'm not sure what their message board policy is, but, do have fun.

 

*Also, please note that I have pdf files that include color maps for anyone that wants to contact me directly.*

 

David in Seattle

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*Footsore Fiends Route:* FF-012 AVA Number: YRE 916

 

*Route:* 012a ? 11K (6.8 miles), rated easy (1)

Surface: City streets and sidewalks. Short section on wide, level dirt path.

 

*AVA Special Events Categories:*

Artistic Heritage (5K & 11K) ? homes of various performing artists

Historic Churches ? (5K & 11K) Beverly Hills Presbyterian, built in 1924; Good Shepherd Catholic Church built in 1925

Authors & Literary Landmarks ? (5K & 11K) Dashiell Hammett wrote ?The Thin Man? in the Beverly Wiltshire hotel

 

*Driving Directions To Walk Start*

From 405: Take the Santa Monica Blvd exit. (Note: Do NOT take that Santa Monica Fwy 10 exit). Go East towards Hollywood/Bel Air/Beverly Hills. Continue on Santa Monica Blvd to Beverly Dr. Go LEFT on Beverly Dr. At Beverly & Sunset is the Will Rodgers Memorial Park on your left. Plenty of free street parking is available on Beverly or on other streets around the park. START at the ?triangle? ? Will Rodgers Memorial Park at Sunset Blvd & N Beverly Dr.

 

*Description*

If you love the glamour of Hollywood and its stars, you?ll be in heaven on this walk. It starts opposite the Beverly Hills Hotel (aka the Pink Palace), which numerous stars have called home. It travels up the broad, tree-lined streets of the Hollywood Flats, where mansions have housed such luminaries as Dean Martin, Kirk Douglas, Boris Karloff, Gene Hackman, Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra and so many more! There are over 40 stars homes on the 11K walk, all identified in the walk directions. The neighborhood is level walking, has wide sidewalks and gorgeous homes & landscaping. The walk also takes in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (where ?Pretty Woman? was shot and where Dashiell Hammett wrote ?The Thin Man?) and several historic celebrity churches. You?ll go all the way down Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. The 11K takes in all the sights. The 5K includes Rodeo Drive and 15 stars homes.Cautions & Misc

There are some restaurants around the N Bedford & Brighton section of the route. Please remember that the homes are private property. Be respectful and view them from the sidewalk/street. Restrooms at the walk start & finish in Will Rodgers Memorial Park. Carry water on the trail. Dogs OK on leash. There are some uncut curbs so wheelchairs may have difficulty. Strollers OK. Walk during daylight hours only.

 

 

*1. START at the ?triangle? ? Will Rodgers Memorial Park at Sunset Blvd & N Beverly Dr.*

Across the Street is the Beverly Hills Hotel aka ?The Pink Palace?. This is the hotel the Eagles meant when they wrote ?Hotel California?. Built in 1912 in the middle of lima bean fields, this hotel was the beginning of Beverly Hills. Celebrity guests include JFK, Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Spencer Tracy, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Aristotle Onassis, the Duke of Windsor and many more. Howard Hughes would rent 25 rooms here at a time and lived in a group of bungalows for nearly 30 years. Elizabeth Taylor?s father ran an art gallery in the lobby and she honeymooned in bungalow #5. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard had an affair here. The hotel is currently owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

 

2. From the Will Rodgers Memorial Park corner of Sunset & Beverly, cross Sunset and go RIGHT on Sunset for 1 block to N Rexford Dr.

 

3. LEFT on N Rexford Dr and continue to 919 N Rexford.

CELEBRITY HOMES on N Rexford: 910 ? Edward G Robinson; 912 ? Jeanette MacDonald; 919 ? Mickey Rooney

 

4. Turn around at 919 N Rexford and retrace your steps back to Sunset Blvd. Cross Sunset and go straight ahead on N Rexford Dr. Continue on N Rexford Dr to Santa Monica Blvd. (1K at N Rexford & Elevado)

CELEBRITY HOMES on N Rexford: 815 ? Don Adams (first on right); 805 ? Kirk Douglas; 629 ? Boris Karloff (first on right after Elevado); 619 ? Carole Lombard

 

5. Just before Santa Monica Blvd, go LEFT on the dirt walking trail for 1 block.

Note the Beverly Hills City Hall at Santa Monica & N. Rexford.

At the corner of Santa Monica and Rodeo is Beverly Hills Presbyterian built in 1924. This church and the Catholic church we will go by in a few blocks are the two main churches in Beverly Hills and they host many celebrity weddings and funerals.

 

6. LEFT on N Alpine Dr. (2K) Follow N Alpine Dr back to Sunset Blvd.

CELEBRITY HOMES on N Alpine: 516 - Walter Matthau; 608 - Dick Powell, June Allyson; 632 - Theda Bara; 711 - Milton Berle; 717 - Phil Silvers ; 801 - Marie Dressler; 811 - Gene Hackman; 816 - Wallace Beery

 

7. RIGHT on Sunset Blvd for 3 blocks to N Maple Dr./Lomitas. (3.75K) RIGHT on N Maple Dr., which is the further street.

CELEBRITY HOMES on N. Maple: 720 ? George Burns & Gracie Allen; 701 ? Diana Ross; 622 ? Gene Barry; 617 ? Louella Parsons; 616 ? Valerie Harper; 610 ? Hal Roach; 511 ? Dean Martin

 

8. Continue on N Maple Dr to Santa Monica. (5K) Just before Santa Monica, go right on the dirt pedestrian trail that parallels Santa Monica. Continue on the dirt trail past N. Alpine Dr and N. Rexford Dr. for 4 more blocks to N. Rodeo Dr.

 

9. Are you READY??? LEFT on N Rodeo Dr. (6K) Continue on Rodeo for 3 blocks to Wilshire Blvd.

This is the famed Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills, one of the most expensive and famous shopping streets in the world. Attached is a map of the shops on Rodeo Dr. Look for Bijan (420 Rodeo Dr). This is the single most expensive shop in the world. You must make an appointment in advance to shop here. It?s named after its Iranian owner. On a typical visit, a Bijan customer will spend $100,000 on men?s fashions, which range from a $50 pair of socks to $15,000 suits.At Wilshire & Rodeo is the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. ?Pretty Woman? was filmed here. Warren Beatty, Elvis, John Lennon, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cary Grant, Julie Christie and Barbra Streisand have lived here. Dashiell Hammett wrote ?The Thin Man? here. Members of the British royal family have stayed here as have the Dalai Lama, Emperor Hirohito and the Aga Kahn! The penthouses here go for $7,500 per night ? in case you need a place to stay.

 

10. At Wilshire, take a hard LEFT and go up the steps by the fountain into Via Rodeo.

This was built at a cost of $200 million. It?s designed to resemble an old European avenue. Celebrities spotted shopping here include Leonardo DiCaprio, Britney Spears, Calista Flockhart, Warren Beatty, Val Kilmer, Danny DeVito, Don Johnson, Rod Stewart & Gregory Peck.

11. Via Rodeo ends at N. Rodeo Dr and Dayton Way. LEFT onto Dayton Way. At Wilshire take a hard RIGHT onto N Camden Dr. for 1 block to Brighton Way. (7K)

 

12. LEFT on Brighton Way to N Bedford. RIGHT on N. Bedford Dr. to Santa Monica.

At Santa Monica and N. Bedford Dr. is the second historic Beverly Hills church, Good Shepherd Catholic church built in 1925.

 

13. Cross Santa Monica and continue on N. Bedford Dr. The celebrity homes on N. Bedford Dr start here and you will continue on N Bedford Dr all the way to Sunset Blvd. (8K at N Bedford & Elevado)

CELEBRITY HOMES on N Bedford: 512 ? Clara Bow; 616 ? Carmen Miranda; 621 ? Jeanette MacDonald; 718 ? Stan Laurel; 721 ? Steve Martin; 722 ? Adolph Menjou; 730 ? Lana Turner, Merv Griffin

 

14. At N. Bedford Dr & Sunset, go LEFT on Sunset to N Roxbury Dr. (9K) LEFT on N Roxbury Dr. Continue on N. Roxbury Dr to Elevado Ave.

CELEBRITY HOMES on N Roxbury: 809 ? Maureen O?Sullivan and her daughter Mia Farrow; 802 ? Lionel Barrymore ; 721 ? Nelson Eddy; 708 ? Nanette Fabray

 

15. LEFT on Elevado Ave to N. Rodeo Dr. (10K at Elevado & Camden) LEFT on N. Rodeo Dr.

 

16. RIGHT on Sunset for one block to the start/finish at Will Rodgers Memorial Park. There are restrooms at this side of the park (Sunset & N Canon). (11K)

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON FINISHING THIS FOOTSORE FIENDS WALK!

For more walk routes visit www.footsorefiends.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Most of the research for this walk came from www.seeing-stars.com. The street map is from Yahoo maps.

 

Edited by: mavfan4life on Apr 8, 2011 12:24 PM

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*Route:* 012b ? 5K (3.3 miles), rated easy (1)

*Surface:* City streets and sidewalks. Short section on wide, level dirt path.

 

1. START at the ?triangle? ? Will Rodgers Memorial Park at Sunset Blvd & N Beverly Dr.

Across the Street is the Beverly Hills Hotel aka ?The Pink Palace?. This is the hotel the Eagles meant when they wrote ?Hotel California?. Built in 1912 in the middle of lima bean fields, this hotel was the beginning of Beverly Hills. Celebrity guests include JFK, Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Spencer Tracy, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Aristotle Onassis, the Duke of Windsor and many more. Howard Hughes would rent 25 rooms here at a time and lived in a group of bungalows for nearly 30 years. Elizabeth Taylor?s father ran an art gallery in the lobby and she honeymooned in bungalow #5. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard had an affair here. The hotel is currently owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

 

2. From the Will Rodgers Memorial Park corner of Sunset & Beverly, cross Sunset and go RIGHT on Sunset to N Rexford Dr.

 

3. RIGHT on N Rexford Dr. Continue on N Rexford Dr to Santa Monica Blvd. (1 mile at N Rexford & Santa Monica)

CELEBRITY HOMES on N Rexford: 815 ? Don Adams (first on right); 805 ? Kirk Douglas; 629 ? Boris Karloff (first on right after Elevado); 619 ? Carole Lombard

 

4. Just before Santa Monica Blvd, go RIGHT on the dirt walking trail that parallels Santa Monica.

Note the Beverly Hills City Hall at Santa Monica & N. Rexford.

 

5. Continue on the dirt path next to Santa Monica until you reach N. Rodeo Dr.

At the corner of Santa Monica and Rodeo is Beverly Hills Presbyterian built in 1924. This church and the Catholic church we will go by in a few blocks are the two main churches in Beverly Hills and they host many celebrity weddings and funerals.

 

6. Are you READY??? LEFT on N Rodeo Dr. Continue on Rodeo for 3 blocks to Wilshire Blvd.

This is the famed Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills, one of the most expensive and famous shopping streets in the world. Attached is a map of the shops on Rodeo Dr. Look for Bijan (420 Rodeo Dr). This is the single most expensive shop in the world. You must make an appointment in advance to shop here. It?s named after its Iranian owner. On a typical visit, a Bijan customer will spend $100,000 on men?s fashions, which range from a $50 pair of socks to $15,000 suits.

At Wilshire & Rodeo is the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. ?Pretty Woman? was filmed here. Warren Beatty, Elvis, John Lennon, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cary Grant, Julie Christie and Barbra Streisand have lived here. Dashiell Hammett wrote ?The Thin Man? here. Members of the British royal family have stayed here as have the Dalai Lama, Emperor Hirohito and the Aga Kahn! The penthouses here go for $7,500 per night ? in case you need a place to stay.

 

7. At Wilshire, take a hard LEFT and go up the steps by the fountain into Via Rodeo.

This was built at a cost of $200 million. It?s designed to resemble an old European avenue. Celebrities spotted shopping here include Leonardo DiCaprio, Britney Spears, Calista Flockhart, Warren Beatty, Val Kilmer, Danny DeVito, Don Johnson, Rod Stewart & Gregory Peck.

 

8. Via Rodeo ends at N. Rodeo Dr and Dayton Way. LEFT onto Dayton Way. At Wilshire take a hard RIGHT onto N Camden Dr. for 1 block to Brighton Way. LEFT on Brighton Way to N Bedford. (2 miles at Brighton & N Bedford)

 

9. RIGHT on N. Bedford Dr. to Santa Monica.

At Santa Monica and N. Bedford Dr. is the second historic Beverly Hills church, Good Shepherd Catholic church built in 1925.

 

10. Cross Santa Monica and continue on N. Bedford Dr. The celebrity homes on N. Bedford Dr start here and you will continue on N Bedford Dr all the way to Sunset Blvd. (3 miles at Sunset)

CELEBRITY HOMES on N Bedford: 512 ? Clara Bow; 616 ? Carmen Miranda; 621 ? Jeanette MacDonald; 718 ? Stan Laurel; 721 ? Steve Martin; 722 ? Adolph Menjou; 730 ? Lana Turner, Merv Griffin

 

11. RIGHT on Sunset to the start/finish at Will Rodgers Memorial Park. There are restrooms at this side of the park (Sunset & N Canon). (5K)

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON FINISHING THIS FOOTSORE FIENDS WALK!

For more walk routes visit www.footsorefiends.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Most of the research for this walk came from www.seeing-stars.com. The street map is from Yahoo maps.

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Footsore Fiends Route: FF-013 AVA Number: YRE 374

 

*1 Route:* 013 ? 10K (6.3 miles), rated moderate (3) for some steep residential hills

 

*Surface*: City streets and sidewalks. All paved surfaces.

 

*AVA Special Events Categories*

Artistic Heritage ? home of American composer George Gershwin and many performing artists Authors & Literary Landmarks ? home of Ed McMahon author of ?Here?s Johnny!?, ?When Television was Young? and ?For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times?.

 

*Driving Directions To Walk Start*

From 405: Take the Santa Monica Blvd exit. (Note: Do NOT take that Santa Monica Fwy 10 exit). Go East towards Hollywood/Bel Air/Beverly Hills. Continue on Santa Monica Blvd to Beverly Dr. Go LEFT on Beverly Dr. At Beverly & Sunset is the Will Rodgers Memorial Park on your left. Plenty of free street parking is available on Beverly or on other streets around the park. START at the ?triangle? ? Will Rodgers Memorial Park at Sunset Blvd & N Beverly Dr.

 

*Description*

The Hollywood Flats were the happening place to live if you were a star in the early days. But as time went on privacy-loving stars headed into the hills on the other side of Sunset Blvd. This walk explores the Hollywood Hills and Benedict Canyon. You will go by the homes of stars such as Lucille Ball, Rachel Welch, Jimmy Stewart, George Gershwin, Mick Jagger, Burt Reynolds, Sonny & Cher, Rod Stewart, Jay Leno, the Beckhams, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and even Elvis! There are over 50 stars homes. This route explores very exclusive Hollywood streets with large mansions and elaborate landscaping. Some homes are visible from the street but others are gated. Nevertheless, you get a real sense of the lifestyle of Hollywood celebrities on this walk.

 

*Cautions & Misc*

Note that this route has some steep and twisty residential streets. Many of the streets do not have a sidewalk, and you?ll be walking on the road. Keep eyes and ears open for cars. Please remember that the homes are private property. Be respectful and view them from a distance. Restrooms at the walk start & finish in Will Rodgers Memorial Park. Carry water on the trail. Dogs OK on leash. Not recommended for wheelchairs or strollers due to the lack of sidewalks. Walk during daylight hours only.

 

1. START at the ?triangle? ? Will Rodgers Memorial Park at Sunset Blvd & N Beverly Dr.

Across the Street is the Beverly Hills Hotel aka ?The Pink Palace?. This is the hotel the Eagles meant when they wrote ?Hotel California?. Built in 1912 in the middle of lima bean fields, this hotel was the beginning of Beverly Hills. Celebrity guests include JFK, Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Spencer Tracy, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Aristotle Onassis, the Duke of Windsor and many more. Howard Hughes would rent 25 rooms here at a time and lived in a group of bungalows for nearly 30 years. Elizabeth Taylor?s father ran an art gallery in the lobby and she honeymooned in bungalow #5. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard had an affair here. The hotel is currently owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

 

2. From the park, use crosswalk to cross the street to the other side of Sunset. Facing the Beverly Hills Hotel, go to your LEFT on Sunset for 4 blocks to N Roxbury Dr.

CELEBRITY HOMES on Monovale/Carolwood: 135 - Mick Jagger; 141 ? occupied at various times by Sonny & Cher, Burt Reynolds & Loni Anderson, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, John Ritter; 144 ? Elvis

 

3. RIGHT on N Roxbury Dr. View the many celebrity homes on this street. Walk on the right. (1K at N Roxbury & Lexington)

CELEBRITY HOMES on N Roxbury: 911 Elizabeth Montgomery lived here until her death; 918 (last home on right before Lexington) ? Jimmy Stewart; 921 ? Rick Schroeder; 1000 ? Lucille Ball; 1002 ? Jack Benny (famous NYE parties with Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Errol Flynn, Ginger Rogers, Tyrone Power, Joan Crawford, etc.); 1004 ? Peter Falk; 1015 ? Dianne Keaton, recently purchased by Madonna; 1017 ? Jeanne Crain; 1019 -- Rosemary Clooney, previously George Gershwin; 1025 ? Polly Bergen

 

4. At #1025 N Roxbury Dr (Polly Bergen) cross to the other side of the street, turn around and return to Lexington Rd. RIGHT on Lexington.

 

5. RIGHT on N Whittier Dr. Cross carefully and walk on right side. At the ?Y? of Ladera Dr and Monovale Dr, slight LEFT/straight ahead onto Monovale Dr.

 

6. Where Monovale intersects with Carolwood, go LEFT on N Carolwood Dr for a short distance to the stop sign (Sunset Blvd). (2K)

CELEBRITY HOMES (at Sunset & N Carolwood): 10100 W Sunset with its famous pink pool ? Jane Mansfield, Rudy Vallee, Englebert Humperdinck (best viewed from the side via Carolwood)

 

7. Turn around and retrace your steps on N Carolwood Dr. Continue on N. Carolwood Dr as it swings left (don?t go back on Monovale). Lots of celebs live on this street.

CELEBRITY HOMES on Carolwood: 245 ? Burt Reynolds & Loni Anderson; 265 ? George Harrison; 280 ? Loretta Young, Gilbert Roland, Constant Bennett; 301 ? Barbara Streisand; 325 ? Clark Gable, Carole Lombard; 355 ? Walt Disney; 375 ? Gregory Peck; 391 ? Rod Stewart

 

8. At Brooklawn, go LEFT a short distance on Brooklawn to view #1060.

CELEBRITY HOMES: 1060 Brooklawn is the home of Baron Hilton, Paris and Nicky?s grandfather

 

9. After viewing 1060, turn around and continue straight ahead to intersection. LEFT on Angelo. (3K)

 

10. RIGHT on Maybrook Dr. Follow Maybrook as itcurvesaround. (4KatMaybrook&Hillgrove)

 

11. RIGHT on Hillgrove. RIGHT on Benedict Canyon Dr. See Celeb home list below. Continue on Benedict Canyon Dr to Tower Rd. Note that the sidewalk ends at Green. VERY CAREFULLY cross the road and continue on the left side.

CELEBRITY HOMES on Benedict Canyon Dr: 1230 Elizabeth Montgomery; 1225 Harold Lloyd; 1220 ? Ingrid Bergman; 1020 ? Mickey Rourke (at Angelo)

 

12. LEFT on Tower Rd. (5K) There?s no sidewalk so walk single-file on the left and be alert for cars. Note San Ysido on your right as you go up Tower. You will return and take that street later. Continue up Tower Rd to the stop sign.

CELEBRITY HOMES on Tower Rd: 1113 ? George Hamilton, 1136 Juliet Prowse; 1139 Arthur Rubinstein

 

13. At stop sign, carefully cross the road and go RIGHT (this is also called Tower Rd). (6K)

CELEBRITY HOMES on (upper) Tower Rd: 1143 ? Jack Lemmon; 1146 - James Coburn; 1151 ? Jay Leno; 1158 ? Spencer Tracy

 

14. Turn around after viewing #1158 and return the way you came back down to the stop sign where (upper) Tower Rd meets Tower Rd. LEFT to retrace your steps to San Ysidro (just before Benedict Canyon Dr.) Sharp LEFT on San Ysidro.

CELEBRITY HOMES on Summit Dr: 1143 ? Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks; 1085 ? Charlie Chaplin; 1050 ? David O. Selznick, Ed McMahon; 1033 ? Ronald Coleman

 

15. At San Ysidro & Pickfair Way (7.5K), continue on San Ysidro a short way to view #1152-1160 (celeb homes listed above). Then turn around and return to Pickfair Way. LEFT on Pickfair Way. The first left is Summit Dr. LEFT on Summit Dr a short distance to #1167.

CELEBRITY HOMES on Summit Dr: 1152 ? Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh; 1167 ? Priscilla Presley

 

16. At #1167 Summit, turn around and head back the way you came. At Summit & Pickfair, continue slight LEFT to stay on Summit Dr. Stay on Summit to Benedict Canyon Dr viewing more homes along the way.

 

17. LEFT on Benedict Canyon Dr. (9K at Benedict Canyon Dr & Lexington)

CELEBRITY HOMES on Benedict Canyon Dr: 917 ? Mary Pickford

 

18. At Lexington, cross Lexington and go LEFT. RIGHT on Oxford WY. LEFT on Glen WY.

CELEBRITY HOMES on Glen Wy: 904 ? Neil Diamond

 

19. When Glen Wy ends at Hartford, LEFT to Sunset. LEFT on Sunset to the start/finish at Will Rodgers Memorial Park.

CELEBRITY HOMES on San Ysidro Dr: 1103 ? Danny Kaye; 1105 (long drive) ? David and Victoria Beckham; 1106 ? Rex Harrison; 1152 ? Racquel Welch, Jeff Chandler, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis; 1155 ? Fred Astaire; 1160 ? Michael Douglas

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON FINISHING THIS FOOTSORE FIENDS WALK!

For more walk routes visit www.footsorefiends.com

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Most of the research for this walk came from www.seeing-stars.com. The street map is from Yahoo maps.

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*Footsore Fiends Route*: FF-014 AVA Number: YRE 1779

 

*3 Routes:* 014a ? 10K (6.3 miles), rated strenuous (4+), 1000? elevation gain

014b ? ?Mt Hollywood? 5K (3.1 miles), rated moderate-hard (3+), 500? elevation gain

014c ? ?West Observatory Loop? 5K (3.1 miles), rated hard (4), 500? elevation gain

 

*Surface*: Well-maintained dirt trails

 

*AVA Special Events Categories*

Native American ? (5K West Observatory Loop & 10K) A plaque at the entrance of the Fern Dell lists this as a Gabrielino Indians encampment site.

Artistic Heritage (West Observatory 5K & 10K) ? statue of James Dean at the Observatory.

Hooray for Hollywood: The Observatory was the location for scenes in the Terminator (the scene where Arnold arrives in the nude) and Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean / Natalie Wood). Also shot on location in Griffith Park -- Bowfinger, Mystery Men, Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me and House on Haunted Hill.

 

*Driving Directions To Walk Start*

From I-5: Take 101 N towards Los Angeles/Civic Center. Take the Vermont Ave exit, exit 6A. RIGHT on N Vermont Ave. N Vermont Ave becomes Vermont Canyon Rd. LEFT on E. Observatory Rd. Follow signs to the Observatory. Park in the Observatory parking lot. The parking lot fills up by mid morning on nice weekends. People park along the road leading up to the Observatory if the lot is full.

 

*START*: At the Observatory parking lot.

 

*Hours*

You may do the walk at any time during daylight hours. Arrive early to get parking in the Observatory parking lot and avoid the heat of the day. However, if you hope to visit the Observatory during your trip, it has limited hours.

 

*Observatory Hours:*

Tuesday-Friday 12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Closed Mondays (and Thanksgiving and Christmas)

 

*Description*

 

Griffith Park is one of the most beloved urban getaway spots in L.A. With 55 miles of trails, wild quail, rodents, foxes, coyotes, rattlesnakes and deer, it?s hard to believe it?s smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles. The 10K route is a ?figure 8? consisting of two 5Ks that can also be walked separately. Both start at the Griffith Park Observatory. The ?Mount Hollywood Trail? 5K climbs to the summit of Mt Hollywood, the highest elevation in Los Angeles. Get a bird's eye view of the Hollywood sign as well as views over the entire Los Angeles valley. The walk is on all natural trails and the climb is steady with an elevation gain of 500?. The second 5K descends from the Observatory on the West Observatory Trail and then climbs back up. It includes a Native American encampment site. It has a 500? elevation gain but a steeper climb then the Mt Hollywood Trail.

 

*Cautions & Misc*

 

Restrooms at Observatory at start, finish and midway through 10K. Restrooms at midway point on 5K West Observatory Trail. Carry water. Dogs allowed on leash. Not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. This is a wilderness area. Wear & carry appropriate hiking gear and walk with a partner. Rattlesnakes possible on hot days. Trail is almost entirely exposed so this route is not recommended on hot days.

 

*PARKING*: Park at the Griffith Park Observatory parking lot. Restrooms here.

 

*OPTIONS*: The 10K consists of 2 5Ks, both starting at the Observatory. We?ve put the West Observatory Loop first to avoid uphill at the end, but you can do them in any order or choose just one for a 5K. Mt Hollywood is the more dramatic.

 

*WEST OBSERVATORY 5K LOOP:*

 

1. Approach the Observatory on the right side passing the James Dean statue. Continue on the right side of the Observatory and circle around it (either behind the back or by taking the steps over the roof). End on the left side of the Observatory.

 

2. There?s a dirt trail at the left side of the Observatory. Go RIGHT on this trail and head downhill.

 

3. A the ?T? / overlook go RIGHT and down. (.6K)

 

4. After the first steep downhill you?ll reach a ?T?. This is the loop head for the lower loop. Go hard LEFT to head out on the left side of the loop. (.9K)

 

5. As the trail levels out you?ll reach a treed and shady area. Stay on the left side of the creek and don?t cross the bridge. (1.55K)

 

6. Continue straight ahead on trail. Pass restrooms and parking. There will be a stone wall on your left and the trail becomes a paved trail.

 

7. Pass the Minnie M. Barton memorial. (1.84K)

 

8. Continue on the paved trail to Los Feliz and the traffic light. (2.3K)

 

9. Cross the road (Fern Dell) at the light and turn RIGHT to head back up the road on the sidewalk, now walking on the opposite side.

 

10. At the gates marked ?Fern Dell?, note the plaque about the Gabrielino Indians. This is a Native American heritage site.

 

11. Go through the gates marked ?Fern Dell? into a park. Continue straight ahead on either side of the creek (the trails remerge).

 

12. Exit Fern Dell at water fountain. Continue straight ahead up steps. Stay to the right of creek.

 

13. Continue to restrooms that you saw in #6. (3K)

 

14. At restrooms, veer RIGHT of restrooms and start back uphill at the dogs on leash sign.

 

15. At the fork below the Observatory (this is the loop head), go LEFT. (4K)

 

16. At the next fork go RIGHT and up the trail to the parking lot. (5K)

 

 

*MT HOLLYWOOD 5K LOOP:*

 

17. From the Observatory parking lot, the trailhead for the Mt Hollywood trail is directly opposite the Observatory across the parking lot. It?s a wide and fenced trailhead signed ?Mt Hollywood Hiking Trail?.

 

18. Go up this trail. Stay on the main trail.

 

19. At the trail split (trashcan here) this is the head of the loop that circles Mt Hollywood. Take a LEFT here. (1.63K)

 

20. Reach the top of Mt Hollywood at 1619?. (2.2K)

 

21. At the ?T? with the picnic area to your left, go RIGHT to circle the top of Mt Hollywood in a counter-clockwise direction. Check out the view from observation platform then continue to circle around the top until you reach the picnic area.

 

22. At the picnic tables go STRAIGHT AHEAD and start downhill. Soon there?s a junction of 4 trails ? go RIGHT and downhill.

 

23. Keep RIGHT and downhill on the main trail.

 

24. Reach the ?loop head? and trashcan (3.2K). Continue straight ahead and downhill.

 

25. After crossing the cement bridge go STRAIGHT AHEAD and slightly uphill to return to Observatory parking lot. (5K)

 

CONGRATULATIONS FOR FINISHING THIS FOOTSORE FIENDS ROUTE! View more walk routes online at www.footsorefiends.com

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*home of Ed McMahon author of ?Here?s Johnny!?, ?When Television was Young? and ?For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times?.*

 

I love how this Ed McMahon description infers that he was known for being a literary figure.

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> {quote:title=AllenJenkins wrote:}{quote}

> I love how this Ed McMahon description infers that he was known for being a literary figure.

 

He wasn't?

 

David in Seattle

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Thanks for sharing these, David. Pedestrian travelers always learn so much more about history, locale, culture and people when ineracting on such a personal level with the environment

 

This is wonderful background information for passholders willing to experience the area in a much more personal way.

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Thanks for the comment, SueSue. Look forward to seeing you again at the FF!

 

By the way, I'm spending a week by train to get to the FF. I'll be getting off and on along the way and doing some location touring, and then attempting to write something interesting along the way. Would be interested in any advice one of the legends of FF posting could provide.

 

David in Seattle

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Likewise, dear David!

 

This "legend" will be happy to share any secrets you care to hear. B-)

 

BTW, Can I get a t-shirt with that on it?

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David are you taking AMTRAK? If so you're going to have a blast. I take the train cross country from Virginia and unwind for a few days there and back.

 

If you need hints let me know via private message

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Thanks, VDO!

 

I'm flying to Eugene in about 10 hours, spending some time there and catching a sleeper to Salinas at 5pm. I'll be getting on and off the train along the way, finally arriving in L.A. on Monday around noon.

 

AMTRAK to Santa Barbara, then the Pacific Surfliner (?) to San Diego for Easter weekend, then same train back to Union Station in L.A.. I'm going to start a thread and post about my trip.

 

In honor of Kim Novak, I will be stopping by the Mission at San Juan Bautista to see if I can imagine the tower.

 

Always looking for tips! So far I've had great ones from SueSue, Kyle, Mrs Cutter and Cinemaven. And, I'm hoping trains are running on schedule, though it won't make much difference if they don't.

 

David in Seattle

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David for the sleeper leg of your trip be sure to either pack slippers or be comfortable wearing shoes with whatever you wear to sleep in...you have to wear shoes anytime you get up to move around and yes that includes short trips to the bathroom and/or shower (assuming you didn't book a sleeper with a toilet in it). I normally don't wear slippers at home or pack them so it was a little weird putting on sneakers with my pajamas in the morning ;-)

 

Packing for just the train means taking a really small bag (think airline carry on as the maximum size) and packing just what you need in the way of clothes, toiletries and toys (computer/camera/DVDs/books/cell phone/small blanket for coach or business class etc) to amuse and comfort you. If you can check all the rest of the clothes and things you'll need either at the station (if the service is offered there) do so or be prepared to lug the baggage from the station to a big luggage rack in your sleeper car. You WILL NOT be taking the big bags in your sleeper...there's no room in the sleeper for them and it will be a real pain to run back and forth between the sleeper and the luggage rack to get to your stuff (and pack and unpack)

 

I think your leg of the trip between Oregon & Santa Barbara is on the Coast Starlight. If so that's a nifty train...it has a wine & cheese tasting you can attend, a separate arcade car (video games for kids of all ages!) and a theater on board. If I recall correctly the wine & cheese part of the car is above the theater...it's an older car (1950s) than what AMTRAK normally uses somewhat modernized but very comfy and stylish looking (most AMTRAK cars are more 1970s in feel)

 

Also as a sleeper passenger you are entitled to free meals and non-alcoholic drinks in the dining car. There is also free coffee and bottled water and ice in the sleeper car - ask the attendant where to pick that up. There are snacks and sodas and simple sandwiches for sale in the cafe cars. Sleeper car passengers also get to use the AMTRAK First Class passenger lounges at the train stations (quieter, comfy, have TVs and computer access, free coffee, sodas & snacks) but Union Station in Los Angeles doesn't have one (DC and Chicago do though)

 

It's a good idea to bring small denomination bills for tipping various attendants on the train and for redcaps if they assist you in baggage handling or getting you on or off the train. A couple of dollars (based on the cost of what you eat/drink) should be used to tip your lounge car server and the cafe car attendant) while your sleeping car attendant should get more (at least $5 per night you spend on the train, more if you find him or her very helpful). It's not required but it is customary

 

The Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner have Wi-Fi avaliable so that's a plus. AMTRAK is slowly working out Wi-Fi access for all its routes

 

Coast Starlight http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Route_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241245648567

 

Pacific Surfliner http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Route_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241245649505

 

Finally if you haven't signed up for AMTRAK Guest Rewards (frequent rider program at https://www.amtrakguestrewards.com/) do so. Right now there's a double points program on there which you will also need to sign up for. You can sign up for promotions after you've bought tickets just so long as you're travelling during the promotional period you will get your points

 

Spring Double Points Program http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?ff=No&c=AM_Content_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&p=1237405732514&cid=1248543358139&WT.mc_t=AGRSpringPromo2012_HP2_Double_WSP&WT.mc_n=AGRSpringPromoLanding page&WT.mc_r=365&tiid=41820&audienceId=0&rtTracking=1

 

 

I got to check out the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner and other California train cars besides the Southwest Chief (that's Chicago to LA, which is in fact the old whistle stop route Hollywood movie studios used to promote many many classic films) last year going home...I left on National Train Day and the Los Angeles Station participates in that in a big way each year including tours of their cars for all of the AMTRAK California lines (as well as a few historic cars you can book...one of these days I am going to get some TCM fans together to book a private historic car to go to the festival in truly classic and elegant style)

 

Have fun on your trip. I'm taking the Cardinal then the Southwest Chief...maybe I'll see you at Union Station in LA (I get in there the morning of the 9th).

 

Private message me if you need to know anything else.

 

Anyway as rail fans say: take care & take trains!

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