Friday, April 23, 2010

Four hikes led by Ranger Ernie! One of them requires wheels!

Los Angeles - They say that April showers bring May flowers! So, here's four chances to see the beautiful flowers the rain has brought to life at Griffith Park. Ranger Ernie will be leading the way, all you need is the right shoes, water and an available weekend in May!

Three nature walks in Griffith Park and one bike ride will be offered during the month of May by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

The first excursion will take place on Saturday, May 1 at 8 am, and will be ideal for beginners. The 5-mile hike will start at the Observatory parking lot and head to Charlie Turner Trail, then to Dante's View (where hikers will stop for a quick water break), then to Mount Hollywood Summit where trekkers will have a breathtaking 360 view of Los Angeles. After the beautiful scenery Ranger Ernie will continue north to water tank 153, then head back on Mt. Hollywood Road back to East Observatory Road.

The intermediate level hike on Saturday, May 8 (8 am) will be seven miles and is designed for those who have some previous hiking experience. This course will be from the Observatory to the famous Hollywood sign.

Beginners will have another chance to test their skills with a night hike on Friday, May 28 at 6:30 pm. Make sure to bring your cameras for this journey, it's time was specifically picked to watch the sunset.

All three nature hikes will begin at the Griffith Observatory parking lot, 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles 90027.

The last May expedition will require a helmet and wheels. On Saturday, May 29 Ranger Ernie will lead a Bike Ride through Griffith Park. Participants will fly by some of the popular locations within the historic park. Riders will meet at the Park Ranger Visitor's Center at 9 am.

Those planning to participate should dress accordingly and bring drinking water and snacks. For more information about any of the hikes, contact Ranger Ernie Ybarra at (323) 644-6661 or by e-mail at

Amy A. Garcia: (213) 202-2689

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