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Review of Griffith Park

Griffith Park
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Los Angeles Movie Locations Bus Tour
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Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Hiking Tour
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Hollywood Bike Tour
Ranked #8 of 593 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Covering more than 4,107 acres of natural terrain, this is the largest municipal park and urban wilderness area in the United States, which offers numerous family attractions and activities.
Reviewed 6 April 2012

It is huge! Largest park in a city, I think. Lots of trails to hike and we took a one hour horseback ride at Sunset Ranch stables on the park.

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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Griffith Park hiking is a nice alternative to the typical urban activities. That being said, if you are a hiker from moist climates, this will be disappointing. We did the Mt. Hollywood hike and the trailhead is found immediately upon entering the Observatory parking lot. It is well-marked with a blue street sign. The hike took us about an hour and a half and was relatively easy. There are some steep grades though so anyone who feels they are not in decent condition should be prepared to double that time. Also note that it rained the night before and the hike was not muddy. The soil is very sandy so anything short of a monsoon and you should be fine to hike. Also, on-site restrooms in the Observatory parking lot are convenient and the parking is free.
I think driving to the observatory is great to get a panoramic view of the LA basin, but I'd forget about hiking. First off, I've done a fair amount of hiking and, in general I don't find LA-area hiking that great. There are some exceptions but I won't go there now. Griffith Park is plagued by the problems found most everywhere in LA hiking. There is no shade. You will be in direct sun for 99% of your hike and there are no creeks. The only thing you will get are big views and that's great, but to me it wouldn't be worth it if the temperature is above 85. If you want exercise in the Hollywood area I would recommend Runyon canyon so you can people/dog watch. You can always drive to the observatory, see the view and leave. There was a huge crowd with lots of traffic as well, which also detracts from your hike. Another alternative is to go for a nice walk in Hancock Park or Beverly Hills and look at the beautiful homes. The only way I will return to Griffith Park is to do a night hike, which I'm sure is fantastic with all the city lights.

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Certain parts are important- the Zoo, the Autry museum, the planetarium. I really wouldn't make it a must see unless you have bored children.

Thank angela e
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Love the Griffith Park Observatory...work the cost and wait...lots of space...only one of its kind in LA...add to Hollywood sightseeing...

Thank ILvIndia
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Whether you are looking for scenic views, hiking, or an astronomy lesson, this is the perfect place to go. The Observatory is beautiful, and besides the display rooms, gives you the opportunity to look through the giant telescope to see the planets closer up. The views are spectacular. The Hollywood sign is just a few hills over and on a clear day you can see all the way from downtown to Santa Monica and beyond. The hiking paths are numerous and vary in difficulty.

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