Half-Marathon Turn by Turn Directions

This course is an out and back, and will take you to some of the most beautiful and iconic landmarks in Griffith Park. It’s a mixture of epic single track, and double track fire roads. It has about a 1/2 mile of pavement total, but otherwise is trail.


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    MILE 1 - 1.4

    The start line of this race is just a few feet below the old zoo in the huge beautiful grass area. Follow the trail markings from the start line up to the right side of the huge grass area, and then onto the single track trail to the right of the chain link fence. Follow this up to the upper old zoo trail. Go left at the half mile mark on the old zoo trail. Follow the old zoo trail for another 3/4 of a mile until it bends to the right. Go right, and uphill here. On your left look for my volunteers who will direct you onto the wooden steps and then down the beautiful atrium single track trail. Follow this for about a 1/4 mile until it dead ends onto the lower beacon trail. You will hit aid station #1: Lower Beacon Trail

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    MILES 1.4 - 4.0

    From here go right up lower Beacon trail. Head up Lower Beacon Trail. At about a mile go right on Coolidge trail. At the 2.2 mile mark you will come to a 5 way intersection, and see my volunteer. He will direct you to make a sharp left. Follow this trail straight up to Joe Klass water station. You will not hit aid station #2 Joe Klass.

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    MILES 4.0 - 5.5

    Go straight and up towards the right on the paved road which is Vista Del Valle Drive. Run up the road past all the construction. It will bend to the right, and then you will see a green shed on your left. Look for my volunteer here to direct you where to go which is left and DOWN (NOT UP) the lower trail which is the Riverside trail. Follow the Riverside trail for about a mile until it dead ends and drops you at Vermont street. Go RIGHT! The trail will hug the right side. Follow this for about a half mile all the way to the Bird Sanctuary. You are now at aid station #3: Bird Sanctuary

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    MILES 5.5 - 6.6

    Run just past the bird sanctuary, and look for the little trail just past the chain link fence on your right. Go up this. Follow this all the way up for about a mile until you hit the top where it spits you out at mile 6.4, and you will now be just below Dante’s view. This is a 5 way intersection, and where we call the Charlie Brown Christmas tree spot! Go up and to the RIGHT. My volunteers will direct you which way to go. You are now on MT Hollywood trail. Take this to Dante’s view (water fountain) mile 6.6. This is your turn around spot! My volunteers here will direct you to turn around.

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    MILES 6.6 - FINISH

    Run back down to the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Take the same single track you came up all the way back down to the bird sanctuary aid station. Go left, and run a 1/4 mile back to the Riverside Trail. Go Left here! Follow this trail for another mile until you come to the intersection with the green shed (which will be on your left). Go right here on the paved road. Follow the road up and around to the left until you run back into Joe Klass water stop. Go through the aid station, and run a 1/4 mile back down to 5 points. Make a sharp right here on the Coolidge trail. Follow this for a mile until you get to the intersection of Coolidge trail and Lower Beacon Trail. Make a sharp left here. Follow this all the way back down to the paved road, and the Lower Beacon aid station. Go left here. Run a 1/4 mile, and make a left on the single track leading to the wooden stairs. Follow this back up to the upper Old Zoo trail, and go right. Follow this trail around to the left, and stay high on the upper Old Zoo trail. Follow this for about 3/4 of a mile until you see my signs and a volunteers directing you back to the finish. Turn right, and follow the single track back down to the big grass area under the old zoo. You are now finished!

Race Starts 730am

Course Closes 2pm

Bib Pick-up


Bib packet Pickup: from 5:15 on race morning

Course Profile & Aid Stations


  • Mile 1.4: Lower Beacon Trail
  • Mile 4.0 : Joe Klass
  • Mile 5.5 : Bird Sanctuary
  • Turn Around: Mile 6.5 : Dante’s View (no aid)
  • Mile 7.5 : Bird Sanctuary
  • Mile 8.5 : Joe Klass

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