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I guess I shouldn't go sticking my hands into dark holes!
My cousin Mar was in town visiting for the weekend and she wanted to do some local hiking. The only hiking trail I knew of, but never hiked, was the Mount Hollywood Trail within Griffith Park. So off we went in the afternoon on our little outdoorsy adventure.

To get to the trail we drove north on Vermont Blvd, past the Los Feliz Blvd intersection, up through which I think is the park's southern entrance. Just past the entrance to the right is the 9-hole Roosevelt Golf Course. Further up the road to the left is the Greek Theater. We drove even further up on N. Vermont Blvd through a tunnel then turned left on West Observatory Rd and parked. Vehicles can now park at the Griffith Observatory parking lot but it is often full so the best bet would be to park on East or West Observatory Rd and walk up to the trailhead which is across the road from the parking lot.
Yup that's the Mount Hollywood Trail down there.
The trail is quite popular for trail running so finding parking can be a challenge depending on what time of day you go.

I miscalculated how far up the trailhead was so from where I parked, Mar and I had a "warm up" walk. The trailhead is clearly marked. From where we were, we were at the Charlie Turner Trailhead. Apparently, there is an extension of the Mount Hollywood Trail that starts at Fern Dell which I think is the western entrance to Griffith Park on Los Feliz Blvd near Western Blvd.

The start of the trail immediately gains elevation but fortunately under the shade of pine trees. As we crossed over the tunnel structure, the shade ceased and we were under the unrelenting rays of the late afternoon sun. The trail is hard packed dirt.
The Griffith Observatory with the downtown skyline.
Even though it was dry out, along the trail there were some signs of vegetation...coastal scrub or coastal chapparal. The area is home to rattlesnakes and mountain lions so be aware of your surroundings.

The trail winds, sometimes steeply, up the southern slope of Mount Hollywood with a few switchbacks. At the start of the first swtichback is a great spot to view the famed Hollywood sign which actually sits on Mount Lee. Today was hot, dry, and smoggy so the few pictures I took were not very vibrant but the sign was visible. Since we went in the afternoon, the view of the Hollywood sign was not great so I imagine hiking the trail in the morning will be better. Along the trail there were still visible signs of the May 16th, 2008 brushfire. Due to the fire prone nature of chapparal, smoking and fires of any kind are prohibited.
Burnt but still alive!


We eventually made it to the top of Mount Hollywood which had views of the Griffith Observatory, Burbank in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale in the San Gabriel Valley, the downtown skyline, Hollywood proper, and perhaps on a clear day the Pacific Ocean. At this scenic viewpoint are several picnic tables. Several park trails converge atop Mount Hollywood but be mindful of the way you came up because there are no trail markings other than the trailhead sign. I say this because Mar and I headed down the wrong trail for a good half mile or more so before we realized it so we had to backtrack up to the top of Mount Hollywood then back down towards the Observatory.

Overall, our hike was a fun way to get exercise and to see LA from a whole new perspective!
TRE69 says:
thanks jenn...we will hve to hike up here when you return...cuz didn't you say you want to get more active...?
Posted on: May 04, 2009
jenn79 says:
gorgeous pics, honey!!
Posted on: May 04, 2009
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Yup thats the Mount Hollywood Tra…
Yup that's the Mount Hollywood Tr…
The Griffith Observatory with the …
The Griffith Observatory with the…
Burnt but still alive!
Burnt but still alive!
Mar was here!
Mar was here!
The hillside still shows signs fro…
The hillside still shows signs fr…
The Griffith Observatory from the …
The Griffith Observatory from the…
The Hollywood sign...again!
The Hollywood sign...again!
The Hollywood sign, faintly.
The Hollywood sign, faintly.
Here I am!
Here I am!
Mar...she hikes fast!
Mar...she hikes fast!
The backside of the Griffith Obser…
The backside of the Griffith Obse…
The Griffith Observatory from the …
The Griffith Observatory from the…
I think I can see my house from he…
I think I can see my house from h…
The downtown LA skyline
The downtown LA skyline
I made it to the top of Mount Holl…
I made it to the top of Mount Hol…
More evidence of the brush fire.
More evidence of the brush fire.
Burbank is over yonder.
Burbank is over yonder.
My neighborhood is somewhere down …
My neighborhood is somewhere down…
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