The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
has a great new website
that pulls together information about parks across Los Angeles and the nearby valleys. I was especially excited when I found a link to a Griffith Park
trail map. Unfortunately, it looks to be the same incomplete offering the city peddles on it's
Griffith Park site
. The 5, 134, and 101 are well marked. The trail from Fern Dell to Dante's View is not. Some amateur cartographers have attempted
to create a comprehensive trail map, but Col. Griffith's gift to the city has managed to elude capture by professional map-makers.
Which is just as well, I guess. The rectilinear expanse
of the city that surrounds the park is order enough. Maybe the interior should remain uncharted, a blank space with a legend that reads "Here there be coyotes".