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What Happened to Los Angeles' 22-Mile Hiking Trail?

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A curvy portion of Mulholland Drive, as seen from the Hollywood Bowl Scenic Overlook parking lot | Photo by jiparker via Flickr
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It was back in 1992 when the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan went into effect, setting course for the city of Los Angeles to preserve the historic 1924 drive through a set of land use regulations and improvements. Among those was the Core Trail, some 22 miles in length, roughly from near the Hollywood Bowl to Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Approaching 20 years since it became law, some are wondering why nothing has been done.

Actually, some began wondering back in 2001, nine years after it hit the books. In a letter to the Department of Public Works, Lynette Berg Robe, the chair of the city's Mulholland Scenic Parkway Design Review Board, urged the department to begin work on the trail. "Unlike other parks, the land for the Core Trail does not need to be acquired," she explained. "The City's right of way along Mulholland was established long ago. East of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the right of way is 100 feet wide. West of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, theright of way is 200 feet wide."

A year later, she followed up, this time to City Council members whose districts included the trail. Avid hiker Tom LaBonge was among those addressed, but when recently pressed by LAist about the trail, he said he was unaware of the plan.