Important information: PARK CLOSURES & REOPENINGS

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For the safety and ongoing wellness of ALL PARK USERS, and especially those who protect the park, please pay attention to updated information on closures in Griffith Park.  Note: Below is a timeline with the most current information at top.

NEXT STAGE REOPENING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – Update for May 22, 2020 per RAP

Expect demand for hiking in Griffith Park over the weekend to be heavy.  Vehicle traffic on Vermont Canyon to Western Canyon Road is now open.  However, be forewarned that parking on Western Canyon Road is $15/hour. Parking at Greek Theatre is free.  Section 9 parking lot north of Trails in Fern Dell has also reopened.  Eastern side of park has no further changes with picnic grounds and parking lots open.

Most trails remain open, with some exceptions:  Bee Rock Trail is closed above the Old Zoo area.  The Burbank Peak Trail to the “Wisdom Tree” and Eileen Getty Trail are closed.

A contingency plan in place this weekend to close vehicle traffic at the Greek Theatre (Vermont) and at Section 9 parking lot if those areas become too busy with vehicles. We are told there will be increased Security Officers / Rangers on patrol. More signs and banners are being made for placing at busy trails to encourage mask and distancing rules.

Observatory Road is currently closed to vehicles, but may be the next area to reopen.  When it does, the parking lot there will also be charging $15/hour.

Runyon Canyon Park remains closed, so more hiker traffic is pushed to Griffith.

 

REOPENING GRIFFITH PARK – Update for May 9, 2020 per RAP

This weekend we are expecting great weather and large crowds in Griffith Park. The Department of Recreation and Parks along with Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have worked together to develop a vehicle traffic plan which will keep vehicles moving and park patrons safe.

Closures:

  • Fern Dell Road will be closed at Los Feliz Boulevard from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you are a resident, please advise the Ranger or LADOT Traffic Officer at the intersection and they will provide access. This closure will help emergency response vehicles into Griffith Park without the impediment of  vehicular traffic. Pedestrian traffic will be permitted in order they might access trails.

 

Los Feliz at Hillhurst and Vermont Avenue Intersections:

  • Los Feliz at Hillhurst and Vermont Avenue will remain open to vehicle traffic leading into Griffith Park. LADOT Traffic Officers will be posted at these intersections to help keep traffic moving. LADOT Traffic Officers will close northbound vehicle traffic only in the event of an emergency or if safety issues arise.

 

Parking near the Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory:

  • Vehicles entering through the Vermont Gate will be able to park at the following locations; Greek Theatre Lot G, Boy Scout Road and Roosevelt Golf (golfers only). Vehicles will not be permitted to go beyond Greek Theatre Lot G.
  • Griffith Observatory parking lot and Western Canyon Road will continue to remain closed for vehicle access.


REOPENING GRIFFITH PARK – Update for May 8, 2020

Mayor Eric Garcetti is moving to reopen parts of the City this coming Saturday, May 9th, and the reopening includes trails, trail heads, and golf courses. This move is predicated on following current rules which include physical distancing and wearing of masks. As Garcetti said: “We originally closed hiking trails when they became too crowded to be safe, and if we see people failing to keep their distance, wear face coverings, and follow the rules, we will be forced to close them again.”
If you visit Griffith Park, know certain restrictions are in place: This Mother’s Day weekend, Fern Dell will be closed at Los Feliz Boulevard to vehicular traffic; pedestrians are OK. Rangers will be on site to allow residents access. It will be closed due to the importance of allowing emergency fire and rescue access.  Vermont Canyon will be open, allowing some parking at the Greek Theatre parking area. Be careful not to park your car and block fire road access points. RAP and Park Rangers will be closely monitoring crowds/physical distancing and can make any modifications at any time. Stay safe, keep your hiking companions and others safe and the Park will remain open.

ROADWAYS AND PARKING IN GRIFFITH PARK – Last Updated: April 25 2020

  • All major venues and facilities (the Observatory, LA Zoo, golf courses, playgrounds, etc.) are closed
  • All dirt trails/fireroads and trailheads are closed
  • Most paved roads are open for walking where normally there was (or currently is) civilian vehicular traffic. However, Bronson Canyon is closed for everything.
  • Some major accesses are closed to vehicular access, such as Vermont gate and Fern Dell at the bridge. Griffith Park Drive is sometimes closed between Travel Town and Mineral Wells.
  • A limited number of parking lots are available – see the list below for current situation.

Parking lots open:

  • Large Merry-go-round parking lots above Park Central area
  • Autry Museum
  • Limited parking near Old Zoo
  • Limited parking at non-gated Pony Rides lot
  • Street parking on roads which are open

Parking lots closed:

  • Large Zoo lot and nearby Zoo Magnet lot
  • Train Ride / Pony Ride gated lot
  • Travel Town lot
  • Mineral Wells lot
  • Wilson/Harding Golf Course and Clubhouse
  • Fern Dell lot (Road is closed for vehicles to it)
  • Roosevelt Golf Course (Road is closed for vehicles to it)
  • Greek Theatre (Road is closed for vehicles to it)
  • Observatory (Roads are closed for vehicles to it)

Please respect ALL closed trails signs. We aware that there are Rangers trail patrols, an LAPD unit on electric bikes, and LAPD equestrian units throughout the park.  We don’t want to jeopardize the privilege of hiking on the paved roads. Even if we can only hike on a few paved roads, that’s a whole lot better than facing a complete shutdown of Griffith Park. Remember physical distancing.  Stay at least six feet away from other people.  Make sure all pets are on-leash.

GRIFFITH PARK WILL BE CLOSED COMPLETELY ON APRIL 12th, EASTER SUNDAY.  PER MAYOR OFFICE ORDER, “STAY AWAY.”

ROADWAYS IN GRIFFITH PARK – Last Updated: April 5, 2020

Griffith Park Drive is open to walkers, bicyclists and vehicles, but we really hope vehicles and hikers/bicyclists are courteous of one another, especially during these times. Many parking lots are closed above the Zoo (including Zoo parking lots). If a roadway is closed by LA RAP, you will not be allowed if you’re driving a vehicle.

CITYWIDE PARK CLOSURES – Last Updated: March 27, 2020

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with the most recent LA County Department of Public and Health orders, and the Mayor’s Safer at Home directives, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) provides the following update on programming, events, facilities, park amenities and usage.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the following remain closed to the public:

All recreation centers are closed.
All recreation and cultural programming, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses and group sessions are cancelled.
All aquatic facilities are closed.
All golf courses are closed.
All indoor & outdoor sport amenities are closed. This includes all skate parks, tennis courts, playgrounds, baseball fields, turf & natural soccer fields, and basketball courts.
All recreational group sports or activities are prohibited.
All public hiking trails and trailheads in the City of Los Angeles are closed.
All equestrian-only trails remain open with practiced social distancing.
The Venice Beach Pier is closed.
All public beaches, public beach parking lots, beach bathrooms, piers and beach access points are closed.
The Venice Beach Boardwalk/Ocean Front Walk is closed – with limited access to essential businesses.
The following Griffith Park areas are closed: the Observatory, Travel Town, Train Rides, the Pony Rides and the Merry Go Round, all trails and trailheads and some access entry roads.
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Sherman Oaks Castle, and the EXPO Center are closed.
Access to census stations will be permitted, but there shall be no more than 10 people at a time in the facility.
All senior citizen centers remain closed. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered to seniors enrolled in LA City Department of Aging program. To enroll in this program, please call 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for more information regarding meal services.
Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours.
All events and permits at all RAP sites or locations are canceled.
New reservations for facilities or permits at RAP locations will be temporarily suspended.
All Dog Parks remain open subject to mandatory social distancing requirements.

Parks still remain open for walking or running; however, when visiting a park for exercise or respite, you MUST adhere to the City’s Safer at Home social distancing directives and must not participate in recreational group sports or activities that are incompatible with the City’s social distancing mandates.


As one of Los Angeles’ gems, Griffith Park may face closure, due to the increasing problems associated with coronavirus.

While Friends of Griffith Park is getting information up as quickly as possible, we MUST emphasize the importance of MAINTAINING YOUR DISTANCE when hiking or recreating in this park. This is for your safety as well as the safety of others.

Because fire roads in Griffith Park are wide and accommodating, this shouldn’t be a problem for hikers. But the situation remains fluid with closures of Bronson Canyon, Griffith Observatory sidewalks and trails connecting to it, as well as surrounding parks like Runyon Canyon (completely) and the Lake Hollywood loop (sporadic closures). It’s imperative to remain courteous and vigilant of everyone on trails and if this park is closed, please STAY OUT!

Mayor Garcetti and City Attorney Mike Feuer have indicated there will be strong enforcement of the City’s “Safer at Home” emergency order, which will require Angelenos to remain in their residences in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re waiting to see if this order will be implemented.

In the meantime, STAY TUNED for further details on closures and, here’s a link to an LA Times article on responsible recreating.  https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2020-03-23/you-can-still-go-outside-here-are-tips-for-doing-so-responsibly.

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