Whatever Wednesday: Hollywood Photo Shoot

Take one

…take two

…and take three

Okay, everyone, that’s a wrap!

Clear view of Griffith Observatory and Downtown LA

If you want to do this hike in Griffith Park, click here.

Happy Hiking!

Cahuenga Peak

Winter Hike #9: Universal City, CA

Located near Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park, Cahuenga Peak is a fun urban hike. There was no sign enforcing the leash rule so I assume off leash is allowed there. However, if you are approaching a crowd, for everyone’s safety including your pup’s, I recommend you to put your dog on a leash.

Even though it’s less than 4 miles to do a loop, the steep climb and the views make this trail interesting and challenging at times. Overall, it’s rated moderate.

Downtown LA and Lake Hollywood

View from the top of Cahuenga Peak – Downtown LA and Lake Hollywood

Griffith Observatory and Downtown LA

Another view from the top of Cahuenga Peak – Griffith Observatory and Downtown LA

At the Wishing Tree (aka Wisdom Tree), you have a 360-degree view of the city below. I continued on and hiked up to the Hollywood Sign at the top of Mt. Lee. I will leave the trail map below.

Aileen Getty Ridge Trail

Reached backside of the Hollywood Sign (newly named Hugh Hefner Overlook)

Tree of Life Trail

Good to Know:

There is no place to park at the trailhead on Wonder View Drive. I recommend you turn right at Lake Hollywood Drive and park on the street. Around 7:30 am on Saturday, there was plenty of parking. However, when I came back to my car around 10:30 am, the street was packed with parked cars.

Details on the Hike:

  • Date: 02.14.15
  • Trail Map
  • Distance:  3.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain:  964 ft

Happy Hiking!

Griffith Park – Mt Hollywood

This one is a must when you visit Los Angeles! You get great views of the downtown LA and the Hollywood sign from multiple locations during the hike. You will hike by Griffith Observatory so you can take a break and visit Griffith Observatory if you have time. I especially like this one because it ends with (optional) yummy lunch! But hey, that’s me. 🙂

With so many trails available at Griffith Park, someone would’ve come up with names for them. But No! With so many trails and a lot of crossing points, it is easy to get lost in Griffith Park. Since most of the trails do not have names, it’s impossible to provide you decent directions. I will leave a link to the trail map of this particular hike below.

Beginning of the hike - Griffith Observatory ahead on the top of hill

Beginning of the hike – Griffith Observatory ahead on the top of hill

You can drive to Griffith Observatory if hiking isn’t your thing.

My favorite view from the park. This view never gets old.

I enjoy this urban hike between December and March even though it’s open all-year around. Heat can get brutal during summer.

If you park near The Trails, a cafe in the park, you can complete this hike with lunch. There was a wait to order but much to my surprise, the food came out pretty fast. Check out the avocado sandwich. It was delicious! A huge slice of a vegan pear pie didn’t stand a chance for a photo shoot. Gosh, that was SO GOOD.. Plenty of park benches were available. I can’t wait to go back and try their other homemade vegan pies.

Details on This Hike:

  • Trail map
  • Distance: 5.67 miles
  • Elevation gain: 977 ft
  • Dogs on leash
  • Restrooms: Public restrooms are available at the trailhead and at the Griffith Observatory parking lot.

Good to Know:

  • Find parking near The Trails (2333 Fern Dell Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027). There are multiple trailheads.
  • Avoid middle of the day during summer as there isn’t much shade at all.

Happy Hiking!