Doggin’ Los Angeles: Where To Hike With Your Dog When In The City Of Angels
By Doug Gelbert
The seeds of one of the worldâ€™s great city parks were sown with the arrival of Colonel Griffith Jenkins Griffith from Wales in 1865 to make a fortune in California gold mines. In 1882 Griffith came to Los Angeles and purchased 4,071 acres of an original Spanish land grant, Rancho Los Felix.
In 1896 he gave more than 3,000 acres of California oaks, wild sage and manzanita to the city as a Christmas present – â€œa place of relaxation and rest for the masses.â€ Today Griffith Park, west of I-5 between Los Feliz Boulevard and Ventura Freeway, is the largest urban wilderness area in America, including 53 miles of trails, fire roads and bridle paths. Many of the trails feature views of the famous Hollywood sign – the 6-mile Mt. Hollywood Trail climbs to the top. Dog-friendly touches include a dog park adjacent to Ferraro Soccer Field and rides for dogs on the Los Angeles Live Steamers miniature train.