Ferndell: Ferndell Trail

Glendale, California

Ferndell Ferndell Trail

Ferndell: Ferndell Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In well-named Ferndell, a brook bubbles through a woodsy, fern-lined glen. The brook waters a grove of coast redwood that thrives in the bottom of the dell. The redwoods complement the native sycamore and alder, which shade this oasis in the heart of the Hollywood Hills. Hopefully, your sense of surprise upon discovering ferns and redwoods won’t be lessened when you discover that human engineering, not Mother Nature, is responsible for the life-giving brook that waters Ferndell. Recycled water from Griffith Observatory’s cooling system is released from the top of the hill and sent merrily on its way down to the dell. Still, the urban mountaineer can be grateful for the brook, which attracts numerous birds, including brown towhees, robins and jays. Around sunrise and sunset, Griffith Park’s deer often descend from the hills for a drink."

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Great, easy trail. Start out at The Trails cafe with some waffles and coffee (cash only) and end up at the Griffith Observatory with excellent photo opportunities with the famous Hollywood sign in the background. Fun. Great for kids.

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