Runyon Canyon is a classic.
And so are the miles of trails running through Griffith Park.
Like the great outdoor cafes of Europe, these are great places to see and be seen,and socialize with friends both two-legged and otherwise.
But do you ever feel like grabbing a little solitude while getting your outdoor fix?
Well, you can.
Trebek Open Space is 62 acres of park land that even many of the locals don’t know about. It’s open to the public and much of the time you’ll have the trails to yourself.
Popular Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek, donated the land to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1998. Besides providing recreational space, the land is also part of a critical wildlife corridor, allowing animals to travel through their natural roaming areas.
Here’s a preview from Sandi.
When I’m stuck in an office all day, shades drawn, air conditioning cranked up beyond my internal thermostat’s desire, I’m dying to get outside.
Most of my favorite hiking sites and unhiked trails are too far away to maximize daylight. At 6:00, or worse yet 6:45 p.m., I’m in a race against time before the sun goes down.
Trebek Open Space is a slice of a canyon butted up against the more popular, severely more eroded, and seriously overplayed Runyon Canyon. After crawling up a narrow, winding canyon road that borders it to the west, dusk setting in, I finally found its northernmost trailhead, having mistaken one high voltage area for it, and having passed the southernmost one, unrecognized.
Sometimes, you just want to soak up some sun. See the city you live in from above. Let dogs run up to you and sniff you. Crunch along a trail, leaving your mark amongst the tracks of sneaker, bike and paw.
It’s not long; it’s not far; it’s not strenuous. But sometimes I just need to skip along a solitary path under the rising moon and the setting sun.
This is my happy hour.
The entrance to the trail can be a little tricky to find. Your best bet is to find the turn off at the top of Nichols Canyon Drive. There is also an entrance off Wattles Drive off Curson Avenue, although some report that the gate at the trailhead is sometimes locked.
To map out your own adventure, check out the Trebek Open Space Trail Map.