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Elysian Park California

Submitted By: shell1fish on 26 Jun 2007

GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 34.084157
Longitude: -118.237867

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835 Academy Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Elysian Park is in downtown Los Angeles, directly north of Dodger Stadium, between I-5 and I-110.

One way into the park is to exit from I-5 at Riverside Drive and turn west onto Stadium Way.

Another way is from the Hollywood Freeway (101) taking the Alvarado Street offramp turning north to Sunset Blvd. Turn left on Sunset proceeding to Echo Park Avenue where you turn right. Follow Echo Park to Scott Avenue and turn right. Continue on Scott Avenue and park near the intersection of Scott and Elysian Park Drive.

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Elysian Park is a good place for a laid-back urban hike with the family, especially suited for leisurely exploration.

The second largest city park in LA, 600-acre Elysian retains much of its natural chaparral, a landscape crisscrossed with hiking trails.

The Portola Trail which circles the park in a northeastern direction is approximately 3 miles one way ending just over the Pasadena Freeway (I-110) at the Portola campsite located at Park Row Drive and North Broadway on the outskirts of Chinatown. There is a memorial commemorating the Portola campsite.

There is a lack of good trail maps which be confusing for those unfamiliar with the area. Birders also frequent the park; recent sightings include red-tailed hawks, western bluebirds, a black-headed grosbeak, and Lucy's warbler. On weekends, the park is full of picnicking families, exercise hounds, and nature lovers. If there happens to be a home baseball game, the area is even livelier; try to plan your visit so it doesn't coincide with the beginning or end of a game, or you will likely find yourself caught in a massive traffic jam.

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