Seldom does my job intersect with my hikes. But this week it did. At work I was facilitating four days of meetings. Many of our participants are from out of state. Awhile back I was exchanging emails with one of them and he asked if I had been on any good hikes lately. I told him about my hike to the Hollywood sign in April. He said he had always wanted to do that, so I offered to take him the next time he was here for a meeting. So we planned on it. With the meeting recessing at 5 p.m., and with the long daylight of late June, an after-work hike in Griffith Park was ideal. And a couple others heard what we were doing and wanted to come along. So at 5:48 we pulled out of the parking lot at my office in Echo Park and headed to Griffith Park (with one stop along the way). We drove up Beachwood Drive to the Hollyridge Trail trailhead below the Sunset Ranch stables.
Our return walk is just as enjoyable. It’s dusk. Twinkling lights begin blanketing the vast metropolis below. It’s dark by the time we reach the trailhead at 8:48. We arrive just in time to avoid getting ticketed as a police officer is beginning to issue citations to cars still parked here (Griffith Park closes at sunset). We head to In-N-Out Burger for the best meal in town!
See Hiking Griffith Park at Dan's Hiking Pages
(includes links to my other blog posts for hiking in Griffith Park)
See Mt. Lee hike description at Dan's Hiking Pages
(Detailed trail guide including driving directions, recommended season, map, notes, links, and photos)
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