Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone! Sorry we’ve been slow to post but the holidays were super busy. But now we’re back in town and ready to again bring you the best of LA at a low price! Today I will describe an activity that is FREE (sans gas money): hiking in Griffith Park!
We all gained some weight over the holidays, let’s admit it. Now that January’s here, it’s time to get back into shape. And what better way than explore the hills of Griffith Park? It’s located above Los Feliz Blvd, and home to the LA Zoo and Griffith Observatory, among other attractions.The park’s elevation ranges from 384 feet to 1,625-foot summit of Mt. Hollywood and it boasts 53 miles of hiking trails. I’ve seen everything from rabbits to lizards to even a coyote in these hills, so it’s a great place for nature watching. On many trails dogs are a plenty, so feel free to bring your canine friend, just be sure to clean up after him or her!
One evening I was feeling ambitious and did this hike up to the Griffith Observatory. It was short but mighty challenging (2.5 miles), with lots of walking uphill. Start at the bathrooms/picnic area near Los Feliz Blvd. and Fern Dell Rd. You don’t need to wear special shoes, but I do advise that they are somewhat comfortable. Also bring plenty of water. The views on this hike are gorgeous, so don’t forget your camera as well! You’ll be able to see the Hollywood sign, a view of Greater Los Angeles, and of course, the panoramic view of Los Angeles from the Observatory itself. I highly recommend this hike as a great introduction to Griffith Park.
The Park has several other hikes, some of which are highlighted on Dan’s Hiking Pages. I have yet to try most of them, but I can tell you that I’m definitely planning on making morning hikes part of my Sunday routine in the future. Perhaps after seeing my pictures below, you’ll agree?
Stay tuned for a post on a Red Carpet Party we attended last week.