“Run past the old Griffith Park Zoo and up to Bee Rock on this classic route just above Glendale.”
— John McKinney
Using the Old Zoo Trail
and the Bee Rock Trail
, this run takes you along the outskirts of the old Griffith Park Zoo and up to the scenic Bee Rock.
This run begins with the Old Zoo Trail
off of the paved road next to the parking area for the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. Once on the dirt path, you'll run eastward for 1/10 of a mile and pass a diverging trail on your right. Follow the second dirt path you reach on your right to continue along the Old Zoo Trail
. The trail will climb gradually for a moment and then you'll be able to see Bee Rock to the west.
The trail then continues through Spring Canyon, on the slopes of the old Griffith Park Zoo. You'll then cross a creek, which may or may not be flowing depending on the season, before reaching a 4-way junction with a paved road, the Mineral Wells Trail
, and the Bee Rock Trail
9/10 of a mile from the trailhead. The Old Zoo Trail
ends here and you'll join up with the Bee Rock Trail
to continue the run,
The Bee Rock Trail
heads northwest along a wide dirt road. After 1/4 of a mile of running, the trail becomes a narrower path that switchbacks its way to Bee Rock. After some steep climbing, you'll quickly arrive at the top of Bee Rock. Take some time to enjoy the view before returning to the Merry-Go-Round parking area and the original trailhead.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store