I only recently discovered this hidden country-in-the-city hiking spot, set below Mulholland Drive, west of Coldwater Canyon, and just minutes from Beverly Hills or Studio City. Although less well known than nearby Runyon or Fryman canyons, it may look familiar on your first visit: Bits of TV shows, such as Bonanza," and movies, such as "It Happened One Night," were shot here.
1.Park off Franklin Canyon Drive, near the Sooky Goldman Nature Center, named after a local nature lover who helped save the area from development.
2.Walk down Franklin Canyon Drive, which offers numerous places to observe the Mandarin and wood ducks and other water fowl on Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir, then take in the shade at Heavenly Pond.
3.The 1914 construction of this reservoir was overseen by water mogul William Mulholland. The 3-acre lake gained TV fame as the "fishing hole" seen in the opening credits for "The Andy Griffith Show." For a short walk, circle the lake and head for the parking lot. For a longer walk, turn right down Franklin Canyon Drive, then bear left onto Lake Drive.