FoGP logo

Northward Along the Anza Trail

On Nov 12, 2015

anzaHow did your family get to California and when did they arrive? These are just some of the questions explored at an Anza Trail Ambassador training session held in May.

National Park Service Interpretive Specialist Hale Sargent presented a workshop entitled Interpreting the Anza Trail in Griffith Park sponsored by Friends of Griffith Park. By relating the experience of the Anza expedition to our own experiences, he drew us into the lives of expedition members. Training participants included five Park Rangers, six FoGP board members, and three neighbors. During introductions, we discovered that many attendees and their families, including a part-Native American, had originally come to California seeking a better life just as members of the Anza expedition had done in 1776.

Participants explored the Anza expedition from various points of view including the lives and hardships encountered by soldiers, priests, Native Americans and the women who brought their families along the potentially dangerous route that began in Mexico and journeyed north to establish San Francisco and claim California for Spain.

Ranger Sargent noted that José Vicente Feliz was unique among the expedition members in that he rose to prominence when he was assigned as Comisionado of El Pueblo de Los Angeles and granted Rancho Los Feliz. It was the second generation of expedition members who had travelled to San Francisco that eventually became the movers and shakers of that city.

In keeping with the theme of the original Anza expedition members from Mexico, participants enjoyed a delicious lunch from Yuca’s on Hollywood.

The training event kicked off the NPS Centennial campaign Find Your Park : a celebration of all parks : city, county, state and national. Share your own park story at



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Save my name and email in this browser for the next time I comment.


Hiking in the ‘Ocean´ of Griffith Park

Hiking in the ‘Ocean´ of Griffith Park

  I moved to Beachwood Canyon from my hometown of San Diego 13 years ago. Honestly, if I´d had my way back then, I would have moved straight to the beach and never looked back. But my boyfriend at the time wanted to be near both nature and his work, so we...

read more
Dodder Demystified

Dodder Demystified

  Griffith Park is home to a strange plant by the common name of California Dodder (Cuscusta californica). Dodder can be found on every slope of the Park. Many people describe it as spaghetti or noodles that become entangled and twisted as it climbs onto the...

read more