The Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook

Oct 19, 2009 by Lisa Newton

A few weeks ago, Travelin’ Local featured a story about the Mulholland Scenic Route. Within that story, I briefly mentioned the Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook.

Before I talk a little about the features of this Overlook/Park, I’d like to share who Nancy Hoover Pohl was.

Nancy Pohl was a resident of Fryman Canyon, who for more than 60 years fought to curb development in the Santa Monica Mountains and to create local parkland. Her efforts enabled the acquisition of Fryman Canyon Park, Coldwater Canyon Park, and Wilacre Park. We’re all eternally indebted to the vision, courage, and dedication of visionaries like Ms. Pohl, whose efforts wouldn’t have allowed us to preserve our precious natural resources, and the mountain retreats and reserves of yesterday, so that they’re available to enjoy today and for future generations of tomorrow.

To cover this small, but unique facility, I’d like to share more of what it has to offer.

Fitness Stations

A station-based fitness path

Steps up and down

Steps which lead to a better view, more fitness and a working water fountain for hydration

Stop and smell the fresh air

In case you didn’t know, which I didn’t, the Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook is also one of the trailheads for the Betty B. Dearing Mountain Trail. It traverses Wilacre Park, Franklin Canyon, and Coldwater Canyon Park, the home of the TreePeople. For a 3 mile trail at the top of Mulholland, this trail is well worth a hike or two, especially on any given sunny afternoon.

It’s always amazing the little things you can find in the big city while Travelin’ Local.

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