Update for March 2012 & Fryman Park Hike
Welcome back! This summer, my partner and I will be spending the some weekends hiking around LA and Southern California.
Today is the first day we will be hiking; the weather is not great…it is a bit rainy and cold. We are meeting a friend at her house and she will be taking us into Fryman Park. Now I know that sounds scary but really, Fryman is located in Studio City sort of in the middle of the drive up into the hills off of Laurel Canyon. We are going to be hiking on the Fryman Canyon Loop trail which according to one source, “Day Hikes Around Los Angeles” by Robert Stone is a 4 mile hike but other sources report it being 3 miles; one really good site is an article called Hiking Fryman Canon. I tend to think it is closer to a three mile hike as it seemed really quick and painless. Of course unless you hiked with each author you never know what path they followed.
Getting to the park is really easy and as you can search maps on the internet I will not spend time talking about how to get to Fryman Canyon. All I ask is that you pay to park in the lot versus parking on the road. Paying to park helps keep the parks open.
The hike itself was pretty painless…you start off from the parking lot going up an incline and gain around 260-270 feet. After this it pretty much flat but you do gain elevation as the total elevation gained is around 500 feet. As you meander along the path you get great views of the San Fernando Valley and its many cities. Furthermore, you will come across the TreePeople park where there is a watering hole for dogs.
After TreePeople park, you start your decline and believe it or not emerge into a neighborhood. You spend some time walking the streets until you round a few corners and get back to the parking lot and ask yourself…should I do another loop?
All in all, this was a great hike and got us thinking we should hike all summer on the weekends. After all, going for a hike gets us out of the house and gives us something to do other than the gym.