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    Bee Rock and the Old L.A. Zoo

    Burbank, California

    Bee Rock and the Old LA Zoo

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    Federal, CA
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    4/28/2008
    I did this trail on 4/20/2008, a warm Sunday when most Griffith Park trails are busy. This trail is lightly used in comparison. I clocked 4.5 miles from the parking lot and back, with a side trip up the Bill Eckert trail to the junction with Vista Del Valle Drive. Bee Rock appears to be closed -- there are cones and yellow tape across the trail at the junction with the Old Zoo Trail (although they've clearly been knocked over), and Vista Del Valle Drive is closed south from the Eckert trail (which is the west access to Bee Rock).

    If those trails are re-opened, you could make a long loop across Bee Rock and back down as described in this guide.

    Either way, reward yourself with a cold ice cream bar or drink at the snack stand next the merry-go-round when you get back down the hill.
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    Northridge, CA
    Pathfinder | 117 pts
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    4/20/2008
    This hike was a truly fine day for myself my girlfriend and our 5 children. Starting about noon, we headed into the trail head and noticed the old zoo right away. Of course we couldn't pass up climbing about the old cages and dried up water features.

    The hike to Bee Rock itsself was minor to moderate in places. The trail seems to split up in serveral places and can get you into some tricky spots if you take the wrong one; however, all trails lead to the top, so no worries.

    Make sure to take lunch and enjoy it at the top, it's quite fun. On your way back you can make a bee-line down to the park play structures and bathrooms by taking the old zoo main road that ends where the trail head up the mountain starts. All in all, we all had a wonderful day with this hike, we all recommend it highly.

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    Trail Information

    Burbank
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    3.8
    Distance
    573 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Loop/Lollipop
    Trail Type
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    4-5 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Griffith Park
    Local Contacts
    USGS Burbank
    Local Maps

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