I leave my office in Echo Park and navigate the 101 to Frankin Avenue and head north on Bronson and Canyon. There is one space left in the small parking lot that holds 14 cars. I’m running later than I had hoped so I might have to adjust my plans.
The trail (a wide dirt road) crosses the dry creek to the east side of the canyon. There are others on the trail but it doesn’t feel crowded. It doesn’t seem like there is much in bloom, with mustard as the dominate flower. As the trail bends north, the Hollywood sign begins to peak over the west ridge and is muted by haze. Soon Mt. Chapel dominates the ridge on the north at the head of the canyon. This area has not burned in many years, so the vegetation is mature, thick, and richly textured.
5:36 – Mt. Hollywood (1625’). I introduce myself to Mr. LaBonge and thank him for all his work on Griffith Park, which is the crown of his Fourth District. Two city workers are there getting ready to do some painting. Mr. LaBonge grabs a roller and begins to help repainting a steel poll to cover up graffiti. It’s good to see our city officials getting their hands dirty in the field. I learn that his office has a Community Beautification Team of three employees who do various tasks of physical labor around the district. I ask Mr. LaBonge about the lack of trail signs around the park and he says it’s primarily because of graffiti and vandalism. But he says they are looking at funding for signs.
5:50 - Leave the summit and retrace my steps. I pass the use path junction at 5:56, which means that the side jaunt to Mt. Hollywood cost me 30 minutes. I continue north and climb the south ridge to the next summit.
6:23 - Leave Mt. Bell using the southwest approach. The trail is in good condition but is a little slippery in places. I reach Mt. Hollywood Drive at 6:34 and am confronted with a decision. Do I play it safe and return via Mulholland Trail and Brush Canyon, or continue the loop descending Hollyridge? Daring soul that I am, I opt to continue, but to skip summiting Mt. Chapel.
7:16 - Brush Canon Trail. Wow, I made it! That was an adventure. My adrenaline is still pumping as I walk the final few minutes back to the car.
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See Hiking Griffith Park at Dan's Hiking Pages
(includes links to my other blog posts for hiking in Griffith Park)
- See Brush Canyon to Mt. Bell - Hike Report: May 6, 2010
- See blog post: Chapel, Bell, Hollywood, and Bronson in Griffith Park - February 24, 2012 (via Hollyridge Trail trailhead)
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