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Fern Dell Hike to Griffith Observatory

Fern Dell Hike to Griffith Observatory

Your destination is the historic Griffith Observatory. It opened on May 14, 1935 and has become a venerable cultural, scientific, and architectural icon and one of Southern California’s most popular attractions. In 2002 its doors were closed and a five-year, $93-million renovation secured its world-class standing as an amazing treasure. You can easily spend hours exploring the building, grounds, and astronomical exhibits, gazing through its public telescopes, viewing a live planetarium show, shopping in its gift store, or simply soaking in the breath-taking panorama of Los Angeles. And aside from its planetarium show, it’s free!

Breathtaking views!

Fern Dell Drive off Los Feliz
Los Angeles, CA 90068

From the intersection of Los Feliz and Fern Dell Blvd, drive north on Fern Dell about 0.3 mile, cross a narrow bridge (immediate after the bridge Red Oak Drive comes in from the left), through an open street gate and notice parking places long the road on the right. Directly across the street is Trails Cafe. You can park along the street anywhere up to this point or after this point, but it’s at this point that your route begins. Across from Trail Cafe, notice the opening in the fence. Pass through the opening and notice a pair of footbridges. The first bridge crosses the main creek that runs parallel to the road. The second bridge crosses a tributary creek that comes in from the east and begins to parallel the main creek just below these two bridges. Cross the bridges to the east side of the creek and begin to veer left then follow the board path as it begins to immediately curve right, heading east (this is where the path from Ferndell Gardens intersects coming from the south). You’ll notice a restroom and some playground equipment a few hundred feet north of you (on your left as you walk east).

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