My newest book, Discovering Griffith Park, is out on May 15th! This full-color, 238-page book is the very first in-depth guidebook to Griffith Park, one of the largest and most famous municipal parks in North America.

I’ve spent the last several years working on this project, diving deep into research, talking with countless people involved in all aspects of the park, and exploring the park’s beautiful trail network in hiking boots, on horseback, and on two wheels (on the paved roads, where cycling is permitted!). The end result is this: a beautiful, compact book that is truly a pocket visitor center for the park.

cover of the first in-depth guidebook for griffith park

More than Just a Hiking Guidebook

In Discovering Griffith Park, you’ll learn about who lived and worked here long before it was a park. You’ll learn the (and I say this very generously) complicated story of the park’s founder and donor. You’ll hear famous ghost stories and curses, learn about the first female skydiver, the park’s military history, the civil rights movements that happened here, Hollywood cowboy stories, secret society meetings, terrible mistakes and inspiring visions for the future.

You’ll also learn about the park’s many world-famous museums, find out where the best places to eat (and drink) are, how you can camp overnight inside the park, and even how to reserve a tennis court or take swimming lessons. 

There are maps for equestrians, maps for cyclists, maps for getting around the park without a car, and tons of maps for hikers. I describe 33 different hiking routes in the park, from easy family-friendly walks to cross-park treks.

And yeah, I’ll also tell you a whole bunch of ways to see the Hollywood Sign so you can get a picture without having to jostle your way through tourist crowds.

hiker on the north trail of griffith park near mount hollywood with mount lee behind her

Order Discovering Griffith Park Now

This book, in so many ways, is my love letter to Griffith Park and to Los Angeles at large. I really learned to look at Griffith Park in a whole new light and with a much greater appreciation for how special, unique, and truly precious it is and I hope it will have the same effect on you.

You can support local businesses by ordering the book from local booksellers on BookStore Link (bookstores are also doing in-store pickups now).

You can also order the book or the Kindle version of the book on Amazon.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Hiker, Author of "Day Hiking Los Angeles" and "Discovering Griffith Park." Walking Meditator, Native Plant Enthusiast.


Casey Schreiner May 27, 2020 16:05In reply to: Billyjack Jory

You know, I'm not much of a geologist but I *did* come across an old PDF of a map from Griffith Park that did have some really in-depth geological info. I'll have to dive back into my research pile as I can't seem to find it right now, but I'll keep an eye out for ya! Hope you dig the book!

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Casey Schreiner May 27, 2020 16:05In reply to: Laura Navar

Of course! If the locals are still sold out, you can also order from the Autry Museum (they just got a bunch in stock and have them on-hand), or directly from the publisher as well.

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Laura Navar May 27, 2020 16:05

Thank you for listing local book stores. I am minimizing my purchases from Amazon. Looking forward to learning more about this park.

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Billyjack Jory May 24, 2020 20:05

Casey, I've been looking forward to this book since you first announced it and will be ordering it in the coming days regardless of how the following question is answered. That being said, does your book go into any detail about the geology of the park? If it doesn't...did you come across any good resources regarding the geology of Griffith Park in your research for the book?

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