CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2012 |
A Los Angeles real estate developer must allow hikers to use the popular Hastain Trail across his private property in Franklin Canyon, a judge has tentatively ruled. Mohamed Hadid, who has designed and built more than a dozen Ritz-Carlton hotels and many Beverly Hills mega-mansions, has been ordered to stop "interfering with the public recreational use" of the trail, which runs across nearly half of the 97 acres he owns next to Franklin Canyon Park between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.
September 6, 2012 |
RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race. " But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually. We talked to him about what making that change was like, and the impact it's had on his life. How did you get into hiking? It started when I quit smoking. I was around 40, and I knew that I needed to get out of the house and occupy myself.
May 26, 2012 |
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.
January 13, 2012 |
Ever heard of Heavenly Pond or Franklin Canyon Lake? Both are part of a serene canyon not far from Southern California's urban edge. Here's a chance to explore the area -- and learn how to take better photographs of these and other natural spots. Capture a Nature Moment is a free walk/photo workshop with photographer Joanne Chase-Mattillo. This weekend, she leads easy nature walks showcasing King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas on Saturday and Franklin Canyon, with the duck pond and lake, above Beverly Hills on Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2011 |
The bulldozer growled at Ellen Scott's back. She sat fast, crying, her heart pounding. She was determined to halt a developer's work tearing up the popular Hastain Trail in Franklin Canyon. Even for a day. "It was like seeing something horrible," Scott recalled of the construction scene. She had always been thankful for the regiments of coast live oaks and willows that line the trail where hikers have trodden since the 1960s. Her hope was "let it be here forever. " But that is unlikely if real estate developer Mohamed Hadid has his way. Hadid, 62, who has designed and built more than a dozen Ritz-Carlton hotels and many Beverly Hills mega-mansions, owns 97 acres abutting Franklin Canyon Park between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.
December 23, 2010
Instead of staying cooped up indoors on Christmas Day, why not get outside and explore some local wildlife? Franklin Canyon Park will host a leisurely birding stroll through the park's grasslands. 2600 Franklin Canyon Road, Beverly Hills. 8 a.m. Free with admission. (310) 858-7272. Lamountains.com.