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Debs Pond LbNA #69236

Plant date:Sep 26, 2015
County:Los Angeles
Location: Debs Park
Planted by:teamnelsondeiner Contact Supporter
Found by: Not yet found!
Hike distance:1-2 mi
Last edited:Sep 28, 2015
Enter Debs Park from the Monterey Rd. entrance (at the intersection of Monterey Rd and Debs Park Rd. Most maps sites give poor directions to the park, so try entering this intersection into the map site search field). Go up the winding road and park in the parking area. Head toward the end of the parking lot. On the right before you reach the dead end, you will see a black gate blocking a fire/service road and a park sign. Begin hiking up this road.

Continue hiking up this road for about ¼ of a mile. Keep your eye out for cool nature sights like lizards, hawks, butterflies. At some points off to the left are excellent views of downtown LA featuring the US Bank Tower, the tallest building on the Pacific coast.

Once you near the top of the hill, you will come to a fork in the trail. Take the gravel trail that leads to the left. Shortly, you will come upon Debs Pond. Here you can see fish, tadpoles, turtles, dragonflies, birds, as well as many other plants and animals.

Turn left and continue around the pond. From this side you can enjoy more sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and Northeast Los Angeles. Once you reach the opposite end of the pond, you will see a four-trunked tree near a bench. Here, veer away from the pond and onto the trail that leads down the slope into the clearing.

Cross the clearing. From where you can see the corner of a chainlink fence on the left, look across the valley for a lovely view of the Southwest Museum on the opposite hillside. The Southwest Museum is the oldest museum in LA and was founded by Charles Lummis, a journalist who walked to Los Angeles from Ohio in 1885. The museum has occupied this location since 1914.

Continue on the trail keeping the fence to your left. The trail will veer to the right and you will come to another four-trunked tree covered in carvings of past visitors. To the right of this tree is a small fruit-bearing tree covered in “warts”. You will find the letterbox buried at the base of this tree. Please be sure to cover the box very well when you are done.

There are many other great trails for hiking through Debs Park if you are in the mood for exploring.