Their meeting ran a little long, so we weren’t able leave our office in Echo Park until 5:40. After driving the five miles to the observatory parking lot, the lot was full, but thankfully a space opened up down the road pretty close to the trailhead.
We retrace our steps and enjoy a pleasant stroll down the road as darkness brings out a sea of lights in the valleys below. We reach the four-point junction at 7:30 and choose to turn left (east) and take the route past Dante’s View. Still lots of people on the trail. A stream of headlights are coming up the roads to the observatory. The full moon glows brighter as it rises higher. I often hike solo, but there is also something special about sharing the experience with good company. We follow Charlie Turner Trail all the way down.
Epilog - What a great time! It never ceases to amazing me at the new and special experiences that this remarkable park continues to serve up.
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- Mt. Hollywood via Griffith Observatory hike description at Dan's Hiking Pages
- Mt. Hollywood, Mt. Bell Hike - 10-10-10 (via Griffith Observatory) - blog post
- Western Cyn to Mt. Hollywood & Bell in Griffith - Sept. 12, 2013 - blog post
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