Three days in L.A.! Barely enough time to explore the city where our daughter will be attending college in the fall. Usually when we spend time on the West Coast, we make a bee-line for the beaches and don’t stray too far until its time to head back to the airport. Determined to master the intimidating freeways, we ventured into the city, enjoying the landmarks that are so familiar from years of watching television sitcoms and movies. Surprisingly, the most enjoyable part of our trip was a sweaty three and a half mile work-out on the Hollywood Hills. We literally stumbled upon the trail when we were searching for the best way to view the iconic Hollywood sign, and decided to return the next morning instead of facing the claustrophobic hotel gym. It’s not too challenging a hike, and the views were well worth the breathless moments and aching muscles.
Looking as though he’s about to enter a fantasy, the youngest hiker on the trail was still trucking when we passed him on our way down.
A beautiful valley of textures and colors.
It’s a rare moment to turn and find one of the athletes in the family trailing behind me.
There were plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the landcape.
The horse tours were unexpected, but we were glad to share the trail.
It wasn’t until we were near the top that we discovered the horse source.
On top of planet earth.
We didn’t have time to make it to the tippy top, where there are 360 degree views of the city and the Hollywood reservoir. If you’re interested in a great hike when you’re in Los Angeles, enter 3000 Canyon Lake Drive on Map Quest or google maps to get driving directions. Canyon Lake eventually dead ends into a playground area where there is a large parking lot, with extra parking along the street. This hike is challenging enough to call it a workout and can be accomplished in a couple of hours in the morning, leaving plenty of time to get into a little L.A. mischief after lunch.