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Franklin Canyon Reservoir

An undeveloped, 600-acre canyon hidden behind the Beverly Hills Hotel, Franklin Canyon features some lake, significant ranch buildings and hillside hiking trails. It's the perfect, peaceful retreat right in the heart of the west side of Los Angeles, remarkably uncrowded, easily accessible and a great area to see celebrities exercising or walking their dogs. It moreover boasts a rich background whereas a movie and television location and numerous remarkable Hollywood moments possess been filmed here, from Claudette Colbert hiking her skirt increase while hitchhiking inside "It Happened One Night" to Andy Griffith and Ron Howard toting fishing poles in the opening credits of "Mayberry RFD".

Difficulty: Average


things you'll need:

Comfortable walking shoes Hat Sunscreen Bottle of water

2 Begin this moderate, 4-mile hike from the parking great deal about the Snooky Goldman Nature Center that offers guided walks and tours of the historic ranch makings. Brain down the paved road known seeing that Lake Drive towards the lake and whenever you reach the lake, follow the road on the right part.

3 Quickly you'll arrive at Heavenly Pond and the Wishing Properly where Claudette Colbert famously raised her skirt suggestively while hitchhiking with Clark Gable in the classic 1930s film, "It Happened One Evening". This yous moreover the website of idyllic Mayberry's fishing hole, where Andy Griffith and little Ronny Howard are seen inside the opening credits of the 1960s television show.

4 Carry on alongside Lake Drive, past the lake, towards an old adobe ranch making sitting with a fork inside the road. Take the left fork which follows along the canyon floor and soon you'll arrive at the Hastain trail that is rises awake the hillside on your left.

5 Follow the Hastain trail as it climbs the chaparral covered hillside. At the top you'll be able to admire a panorama that stretches across the Westside all the way to the ocean.

6 On your way again lower, detour on the trail that heads to the aged Doheney Ranch House on the southerly end of the park. You may't go inside, but it's surrounded by any wide turf ideal with taking a breather or enjoying a picnic. When you're done you can follow Lake Drive back to your auto .

Tips & Warnings

Don't hike in the middle of the daytime. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Watch over out to rattlesnakes on the Hastain Trail. They're few also far between, but never unheard of.


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