Ascent of Cahuenga Peak on 2019-01-02

Climber: Randy F

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cahuenga Peak
    Elevation:1820 ft / 554 m

Ascent Trip Report

I never had any desire to hike at Griffith Park because I always imagined it to be full of tourists. But a recent visit piqued my interest in the park since there were so many small “peaks” in the park, many of which follow along the hill’s ridge. Borrowing some ideas from others on the peakbagger website who have done these peaks, I created a route that hit up 12 “peaks” of the park. (Many of these "peaks" are mere sharp bumps in the ridge) A large portion of the route takes you through less traveled trails so that you aren’t annoyed by the ubiquitous bluetooth speakers the entire way. It is possible to hit up all the peaks with less than 2000 ft elevation gain but I changed the route up to increase the challenge and to give myself a nice little workout. Overall it was a fun and interesting hike. About 10 mi with 3000+ ft elevation gain, although my GPS said it was less than that (not sure what to believe). Griffith Park is filled with trails connecting to each other, making it easy to change up the route on the fly. Majority of these trails are not shown on the park’s official map but are shown on topo maps.

Started at the Griffith Merry Go Round parking lot. There was plenty of free parking on the weekday. Immediately headed towards Beacon Hill via the trail that follows the spur to Upper Beacon Trail and summit. Great close views of DTLA from here. Next I headed west down Upper Beacon Trail and found my way to the east end of Hogback trail. On the south side of Glendale Peak there was a small route that I could tell had been used frequently to reach the peak right above so I took that route which required a small scramble at first. From Glendale Peak you can just follow along Hogback trail to Hogback peak, but it wouldn’t be as interesting as going up one of the three south spurs up to Hogback. I chose the middle spur since it looked steep and fun. Left spur isn’t as steep and the right spur looked a bit dangerous since it had portions that were simply a knife-edge. Middle spur required a little bit of scrambling, especially in the beginning and near the top. From Hogback peak I headed west to Mount Hollywood to enjoy the views. After Mount Hollywood head north to Taco Peak and Mount Bell, both of which had tiny bits of scrambling to go up to. Just northwest of Mount Bell was Baby Bell which was mostly just a smaller flatter mound. Headed west to Mount Chapel and scramble up to the peak. Hiked west and connected with Mt. Lee Drive to the Hollywood Sign (Mt. Lee). At the bend of Mt. Lee Drive find the sign that shows you the way to Cahuenga Peak. Follow this trail as it will take you along the ridge to Cahuenga Peak, which requires tiny scrambles. Past Cahuenga Peak you will reach Burbank Peak which is where the “Wisdom Tree” is at. This is a popular peak with hikers who are mostly there to get their IG shots in. There is also a flagpole here dedicated to those lost on 9/11. Headed back towards Cahuenga and to the trail leading up to Chapel. I took a connector trail to a water tank northwest of Chapel and then took a road down to the trail leading to Bee Rock. From Bee Rock I headed down to the parking lot, passing by some nice park space and the merry go round.

TL;DR - Beacon Hill --> Glendale Peak --> Hogback Peak --> Mt Hollywood --> Taco Peak --> Mt Bell --> Mt Baby Bell --> Mt Chapel --> Mt Lee --> Cahuenga Peak --> Burbank Peak --> Bee Rock
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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