This is one of the greener and more historic hikes in LA, trees, views, and clear blue sky. And, as many of you film/TV buffs already know this location was a favorite in Beverly Hills is where they filmed the opening credits to the Andy Griffith show, and many other TV/Movies looking for Colorado/Mountain type feel. Franklin Pond (above) is the Black Lagoon featured in the film "The Creature from the Black Lagoon". In addition, scenes from other horror films - Nightmare on Elm Street and Silence of the Lambs were filmed here.
WHERE: Franklin Canyon (Off of Coldwater Canyon)
2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, California 90210
DAY: Saturday, August 13th, 2016
TIME: 1pm (sharp!)
DOGS: Allowed on leashes
DIFFICULTY: The hike is approx, 2 hours, and covers moderate elevations gains over the 5-6 mile trail. One part of the hike (a favorite of mine) is a 1/2 mile decent on a single track trail - some of us run it, others hike down.
DIRECTIONS TO HIKE MEETING SPOT:
Coming from Beverly Hills / Sunset Blvd - Going west on Sunset or Santa Monica Blvd, Take Beverly Drive north, until it turns into Coldwater Canyon, go up the hill to Mulholland, take a left at top of hill (opposite direction than Tree People Center), turn down Franklin Canyon Road. It says "No Through Street", well, that is a lie. Go down the hill and you will enter Franklin Canyon, mind the speed limits "15 MPH". You will come to a parking area, please meet there.