I have now officially been a resident of the Los Angeles County for five months. During my time here, I have climbed my way up three different mountains, and enjoyed three different views of the city.
First hike was of course, up to the famous L.A. landmark, “the hollywood sign”. It was back in October that I made my way up to the sign. Weather was perfect, and there was very few people walking the trail. Parked my car on the street, no charge. It was a hassle-free experience and one I enjoyed. Only con to this experience was that the hike was not too challenging, I felt as if it was more of a long and steep walk. The view of Los Angeles was ok, but hey! You get to see the sign up close.
Second hike occurred two weeks ago. This time, I made my way to Glendale “Brand Park”. It was a Wednesday morning, weather was cool. The park was lonely, something I enjoyed (the less people, the better). This hike was definitely more challenging than the Hollywood sign. Growing up around the Santa Cruz mountains, Brand Park was more of what I was used to. I broke a sweat, but it was all worth it…the view was lovely!
Today I went on my third hike, to Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood. Pros to this experience, the hike was challenging enough. There are three different routes one can take at this park, route A, B or C. We chose to follow route B. We walked on our way up and ran on our way down. Cons to this experience, parking! We were lucky enough to find street parking close to the park entrance but parking was definitely a hassle. There were also way too many people. I enjoy a quiet and relaxing hike, nothing overcrowded… Runyon Canyon definitely lives up to its standard of being one of the most popular trails in LA. The view from Runyon Canyon has definitely been the best, so far.
My love for hiking is only growing! Los Angeles offers dozens of hikes and I am now on a mission to check out only the best and the most challenging! I came across this blog that gives background information on some… http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/blog/hiking-los-angeles-las-best-trails