The Lazy Hiker


Amir’s Garden


The Verdugo Mountains from Amir's Garden Trail

Amir’s Garden, along with the Old L.A. Zoo, are two of the most unique picnic areas on the east side of Griffith Park. Here, you'll find a volunteer-supported sanctuary of flowering greenery along with a handful of picnic tables that you can use to relax and take advantage of this cool, shady spot.

Downtown Glendale from Amir's Garden Trail

The hike to Amir’s Garden is a one mile round-trip hike with over 250 feet of elevation gain. The trailhead begins near the Mineral Wells Picnic Area where a dirt service road heads west from the intersection of Griffith Park Drive and Mineral Wells Road. The beginning of this hike is a bitch. In the first quarter mile, the trail rises over 200 ft - that's a pretty steep grade. I know some people like this level of workout - but I don't. The good news is that it's over pretty quickly. The road then bends around to the south where you'll pass a water tower and be treated to broad views stretching beyond Griffith Park toward Glendale, the Verdugo and San Gabriel Mountains. There are a couple of overlooks here that make good places to catch your breath - or just take in the view. The trail flattens out from here - the remaining quarter mile of trail to the garden only rises an additional 75 ft.

Amir's Garden - since 1971

After less than half a mile from the start of this hike, the trail arrives at Amir’s Garden where you’ll find a pocket of tall sycamores shading a mountainside of verdant plants including succulents like ice plant and jade. There is potable water and a few picnic tables at the entrance. Other tables are scattered about the garden. Take a break and recharge your batteries by enjoying a snack or some lunch at one of the picnic tables, then explore the web of small footpaths in this small forest of trees. Retrace your steps to complete an enjoyable one mile round-trip hike.

Details
Distance: 1.0 mi
Duration: 2 hrs (hike: 1 hr, lunch: .5 hr, gardens: .5 hr)
Elevation Range: 550 ft - 815 ft
Net Elevation Gain: 265 ft
Total Elevation Gain: 265 ft
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.144963, -118.293954
Description: A moderate hike on a paved fire road with great views of Mt. Lee and Brush Canyon.