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Maps: U.S.G.S. Beverly Hills And Van Nuys N.P.S. Franklin Canyon Site Franklin Canyon Park Nature Trails Map

Upper Franklin Canyon Park Is Home To The Sooky Goldman Nature Center And The William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom, Providing Educational Programs To The Public And Local Schools. The Blinderman Trail Is Adjacent To The Nature Center. The Path Traverses The Canyon Slopes Through Chaparral, Strolls Along Stream-Fed Side Canyons With Meadows, And Climbs To Overlooks Of Franklin Canyon Lake And The Entire Canyon Oasis.

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To The Trailhead

From Sunset Boulevard In Beverly Hills, Head North On Beverly Drive For 0.6 Miles. At The Fork, Go Left On Beverly Drive, Where The Main Road Continues As Coldwater Canyon Drive. Continue 0.8 Miles And Curve Right Onto Franklin Canyon Drive. Drive 1.8 Miles, Winding Through Franklin Canyon Park, To The Large William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom And Sooky Goldman Nature Center Parking Lot On The Right.

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Studio City, Exit On Coldwater Canyon Drive. Head 2.5 Miles South To The Intersection With Mulholland Drive By The Coldwater Canyon Park/Treepeople Park. Make A 90-Degree Right Turn Onto Franklin Canyon Drive. Continue 0.7 Miles To The William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom And Sooky Goldman Nature Center Parking Lot On The Left.

The Hike

Cross The Wooden Bridge To The Information Board. The Left Fork Is A Northbound Connector Trail To Coldwater Canyon Park (Hikes 63 And 64).

Bear Right And Wind Up The Hill To The Sooky Goldman Nature Center. Walk Through The Courtyard To The Back (East) Side Of The Buildings And The Posted Blinderman Trail. Twenty Yards Up The Footpath Is A Trail Fork. The Left Fork Leads Through Walnut Groves To A Maintenance Road. Head Right And Traverse The Hillside, Curving Left To A Trail Split. Take The Left Fork And Climb Up The Hillside To An Overlook Of Franklin Lake. Continue Uphill To The Ridge, With Views Down The Entire Length Of Franklin Canyon. The Ridge Path Leads To Additional Observation Points.

Return To The Main Trail, And Continue On The South Fork To The Canyon Floor By “Geology Rock.” Bear Left On The Dirt Road, Passing Wild Pond On The Right To A 4-Way Junction. (En Route, A Short Side Path Loops Around The Pond To Sycamore Meadow.) Bear Left And Climb Steps Up The Hillside. The Undulating Path Crosses A Wooden Bridge And Returns To The Canyon Floor At A T-Junction. The Left Fork Leads 100 Yards To A Large Grassy Flat With Towering Redwoods At The Park Boundary. The Right Fork Returns To The 4-Way Junction. Take The Left Fork And Climb The Hill Through A Eucalyptus Grove. Curve Right To The Park Road By Franklin Canyon Lake. Follow The One-Way Road To The Right, Returning To The Trail-Head Parking Lot.

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