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Bee Rock Out-and-Back

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 3.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Hike past the old Griffith Park Zoo and up to Bee Rock on this classic route just above Glendale.


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3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

Out and Back

1,040' 317 m

High

533' 162 m

Low

714' 218 m

Up

714' 218 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

Using the Old Zoo Trail and the Bee Rock Trail, this hike takes you along the outskirts of the old Griffith Park Zoo and up to the scenic Bee Rock.

Description

This hike begins with the Old Zoo Trail off of the paved road next to the parking area for the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. Once on the dirt path, you'll hike eastward for 1/10 of a mile and pass a diverging trail on your right. Follow the second dirt path you reach on your right to continue along the Old Zoo Trail. The trail will climb gradually for a moment and then you'll be able to see Bee Rock to the west.

The trail then continues through Spring Canyon, on the slopes of the old Griffith Park Zoo. You'll then cross a creek, which may or may not be flowing depending on the season, before reaching a 4-way junction with a paved road, the Mineral Wells Trail, and the Bee Rock Trail 9/10 of a mile from the trailhead. The Old Zoo Trail ends here and you'll join up with the Bee Rock Trail to continue the hike,

The Bee Rock Trail heads northwest along a wide dirt road. After 1/4 of a mile of hiking, the trail becomes a narrower path that switchbacks its way to Bee Rock. After some steep climbing, you'll quickly arrive at the top of Bee Rock. Take some time to enjoy the view before returning to the Merry-Go-Round parking area and the original trailhead.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

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John McKinney

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Full of flowers side by side on the trail
Aug 3, 2017 near Glendale, CA
Bee Rock summit.
Aug 3, 2017 near Glendale, CA
View of Glendale City.
Aug 3, 2017 near Glendale, CA

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