A Gem in Glendale
2013 Note: Formerly known as H4 & H4-a.
This is actually a really fun hike which I enjoy doing almost everyday. It's quick, easy and is a good workout at the same time. The trail goes to the top of a peak and there is a pretty good view of the whole park and the northwest valley.
I usually begin the trail on 67th ave. There is a parking area there. I start the hike at Ramada 11. You can enter on 59th ave if you like, follow the road to Ramada 11 and the hike starts right there. For me, I park at 67th, take the H-5a hike over to that other small parking lot by ramada 11 and begin there. It's pretty easy to find. There is a map close to the 67th parking lot to help out.
A lot of hikes there intersect, so it would be easy to knock out a few of the trails here at once. This is a good hike to take your dogs and kids. The hike can be as hard as you want since a lot of the trails intersect. It's easy to make a loop out of the various trails. This trail at times can be a little busy, and I seem to run in to the most people on this trail. One thing I noticed is I get a "hello" from almost everyone I pass.
The map shows H-4 branching off to two trails, I take the one that goes up the mountain for a nice view. The top is about 1650 feet up. If you are going to hike this area, check the map and make a plan! Lots of trails to explore.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.