Marathon Turn by Turn Directions
This course is an out and back, and will touch the most epic and secret trails in Griffith Park. It’s a large mix of beautiful single track, and double track fire roads. You will even get to go to the actual summit of the hollywood sign! You have 9 hours to finish this course. If you need 10 hours you may start with the 50k runners at 6am.
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 Mineral Wells Trail. Go left. Follow the Mineral Wells Trail until you hit your first aid station at mile 1.4
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.
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 1/4 mile all the way to the Bird Sanctuary. You are now at aid station #3: Bird Sanctuary
MILES 5.5 - 10
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 left here, and run down the Holllywood trail to the observatory parking lot, high five my volunteer, get some water, and then retrace your steps back up to the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Stay straight here, and go up and to the left. 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 8.5, and go left. Run up the hogback trail for just a short distance, and then make a slight left to merge onto the 3 mile trail. Follow this down just a half mile until it dead ends at MT Hollywood paved road, and go right. Follow the paved road for about another mile, You will now hit the MT Hollywood road aid station mile 10.
MILES 11 - 13
From the aid station go left down the North Trail, and down to Amir’s Garden. Go left to run down to Mineral Wells Trail. Make a right where the fireroad dead ends at the bottom. Follow this for 2 more miles until you hit the mineral wells aid station.
MILES 13 - 21.5
Turn around at this aid station and retrace your steps exactly the way you came back to the MT Hollywood Rod aid station (mile 16), back to the Observatory(mile 19.5), and then back to he Bird Sanctuary aid station (mile 21.5).
MILES 21.5 - FINISH
From the aid station retrace your steps back down to 5 points, and go right onto the Coolidge Trail. Follow this for about a mile, and then make a left onto the Lower Beacon Trail. Follow this down to the bottom, and go left to link up to the Old Zoo Trail. Follow this for just a 1/4 mile, and then go right to connect “UP” to the Mineral Wells Trail. Follow this for another 1 mile back to the finish.
Race Starts 6:30 am
Course Closes 3:30pm
Bib packet Pickup: from 5:15 on race morning
Course Profile & Aid Stations
- Aid Station #1 Mile 1.4: Lower Beacon Trail – Water Only
- Aid Station #2 Mile 4.0 : Joe Klass – Full Aid
- Aid Station #3 Mile 5.5 : Bird Sanctuary/Drop Bags (make sure to fill up on water)
- Observatory visit mile 6.5 – Water Only – Turn around here
- Aid Station #4: Mile 10: MT Hollywood Road
- Aid Station #5: Mile 13: Mineral Wells Trail
- Aid Station #6: Mile 16 – Hollywood Road #2
- Aid Station #7: Mile 19.5 – Observatory – Water Only
- Aid station #*: Bird Sanctuary #2: Mile 21
- Aid station # 8: Mile 22.5- Joe Klass #2
- Mile 26.0: Finish