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Here are 5 Free Ranger-Led Hikes at Griffith Park You Can Do This Spring 2015

March 20, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Want the perfect guide to lead you on hikes throughout varying parts of Griffith Park? What better person to follow than a park ranger for the city of Los Angeles?

Ranger Ernie Ybarra has been shepherding free guided hikes of various Griffith Park trails for years, and this year’s Spring schedule gets started this Sunday with a 4 miler to Bee Rock!

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[UPDATE 6/5/15: The Ranger Ernie Hike to Fern Canyon on June 7 has been cancelled!]

Here’s how the complete Spring, 2015 schedule breaks down (with links provided to more information about each trail):

Sunday, March 22 – Intermediate (4-mile) hike to Bee Rock
Sunday, April 19 – Intermediate (4-mile) Beacon Trail hike
Sunday, May 17 – Intermediate (2-mile) hike to Amir’s Garden
Sunday, June 7 – Beginner (2.5-mile) Fern Canyon hike
Sunday, June 21 – Intermediate (6-mile) Skyline Trail hike

View of DTLA from Griffith Park

Credit: Mitch Barrie via flickr

All hikes start at 8:00am sharp and are scheduled to end before noon.

The starting point for each hike is the same: Griffith Park Ranger Station/Visitor Center at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 9002.

As a reminder, all hikes would be cancelled in the event of rain on the date specified.

For more information, please visit/follow Ranger Ernie’s Facebook page which appears to be the primary resource for disseminating news about upcoming hikes.

Here are a couple photos from recent hike I did with Ranger Ernie’s group where we went up to Beacon Hill:

Ranger Ernie Pre Hike Talk

Pre-hike talk by Ranger Erne on history of the park.

Climbing Beacon Hill Los Angeles

Initial ascent towards Beacon HIll

Ranger Ernie Hike

Taking a break on our way up.

View from atop Beacon Hill in Griffith Park

View from atop Beacon Hill.

Lastly, for any direct questions you cam also email Ranger Ernie at [email protected] or call 323.644.6661

If you can’t make any of the dates above, check out these links for more ideas of where to plan your own hike:

9 Excellent L.A. Hikes With No Trail Costs and No Parking Fees

The 9 Easiest Hikes In Los Angeles

As always, be safe, and enjoy!

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