Fern Dell Nature Trail – Griffith Park’s Secret Garden
and NO it’s not the Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park
Secret Garden is actually a strip of paths situated along Fern Dell Dr right to the left at the entrance to Griffith park. Since most of the tourists have their sights set on the “Hollywood sign” or the Griffith Observatory this little oasis is typically not overcrowded even on typical busy day. We present you Fern Dell Nature Trail.
Parking at Fern Dell Nature Trail
Located immediately off of Los Feliz Blvd there is plenty of parking along the Fern Dell Dr. Most of the tourists are trying to drive as high up to the Griffith observatory leaving the majority of parking vacant at the bottom of the canyon.
Fern Dell Nature Trail with kids
This hike is perfect of young hikers and even toddlers. There isn’t that much of foot traffic, except for locals and a few lost tourists. Coy and crawfish occupies our little dude’s attention immediately and he can chase them along the stream pools for what seems like hours. It’s a perfect hike for days when you don’t feel like walking but still want your kids to enjoy the nature in a city jungle of LA. Plus all the foliage will protect you and your little one from the scourging hot SoCal sun if you venture out in the middle of the day. Btw. another cool hike with kids at Griffith are the Bronson’s Caves, located not that far away from Fern Dell.
Rainforest in the middle of Los Angeles
Lush rainforest reminiscent of Rio De Janeiro’s botanical gardens. It is comparable with Amir’s Garden oasis located on the opposite side of the park, but it is better since it’s easily accessible and easier to reach with kids. Rich with luscious green plants it is like a gulp of refreshing water in the ever harsh desert-like landscape of the hills.
This could be a pre-hike warm up or an after hike cool down, if you plan to scale the hills. Enjoy Griffith Park Secret Garden and we’ll see you our on the trails!
BTW there’s The Trails Cafe located near by if you need a jolt of caffeine or a quick bite after the hike. Here’s their Yelp page.
That’s our California Perspective for today