While this is a beautiful place to stroll, it probably should be mentioned that there is a $29 fee on weekends, and it doesn't open until 10AM, oh, and it's closed on Tuesdays.

That said , it is a true jewel of southern California. The library, museums and gardens are world class. If you have never been there, don't go for the hike, go to spend the day culturally enriching yourself.

If you live in the area, or visit often, get a membership and enjoy the hike as well.