Griffith Park – Hiking

My wife and I were Los Angeles a few weeks ago visiting our middle daughter, her husband and two of our grandchildren. They live in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles which bumps up to Griffith Park. If you are not familiar with Griffith Park, it was created in 1896 and is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. It is home to the Los Angeles Zoo, the Autry Museum of the American West, the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign. Along with that, golf courses, picnic areas and hiking. It encompasses the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, which provides some awesome trails to hike or horse back ride. The trails are wide and take you up into the mountains with stunning views. For more details: Wikipedia

So onto the hiking part. I have hiked some of the lower trails with my grandchildren (4 & 6), but those are the ones that follow the valleys and are close to their home. Having said that, I have always wanted to hike up the other trails, but they are too much for the kids. I had an afternoon open while they were both in school and did a spur of the moment thing and took off hiking. I did not take my camera and all of the shots in this post were from my cell phone (just wanted to make that disclaimer).

The first capture is the first picture I took (I hadn’t even thought about taking pictures when I left, but as I got higher up the trail…….). This capture is looking down at where I started. The green lawn with the building in the middle is one of the golf courses and is close to where I started the hike. On the right side of the picture, you can see the trail as it starts to wind up the mountain.

The next capture brings into perspective the trail I had hiked. This particular morning had been foggy, but it burned off about an hour before I started. I add this to let you know that the buildings in the background is downtown LA and that isn’t smog, but remnants of the fog. I also mention it because you will see a completely different look to the sky when I get to the top and show you the other side of these mountains.

You see the trail as it climbs up in elevation.

The next shot is still following the trail I had hiked to get to this point.

You can see how it follows the terrain…..

This capture brings you up to where I had stopped to take these shots. Notice the width of the trail. It almost looks like a road, but again it handles horse back riding and pedestrian hikers.

I took this shot at the top and it looks back to the Santa Monica Mountains that form the park and go all the way west to the ocean dividing the Los Angeles Basin from the San Fernando Valley.

Turning around from the shot above is the top I hiked to. What you are now seeing is the city of Glendale which lies at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in between Burbank and Pasadena.

This shot shows one of the golf courses that bumps up to Interstate 5 heading north into Burbank. This is literally where the LA Basin winds around the end of the Santa Monica Mountains and feeds into the San Fernando Valley.

There is still that haze in the air, but notice in these last two shots, clouds developing over the mountains. They turned into afternoon showers in the San Fernando Valley later in the day

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23 thoughts on “Griffith Park – Hiking

  1. Diane Henders

    Wow, what a great trail and spectacular views. I guess that means your replaced knees must be going strong, which is wonderful! Will you use these photos as inspiration for more art pieces?

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Tiffany!! The irony is that my daughter and her husband have lived at the base of Griffith park for many years and I finally did this type of hike. There are many more trails scattered throughout the “mountains” of the park. Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. D. Wallace Peach

    That looks like a great hike, Kirt, and I’m glad you used the opportunity to get up into the higher elevations. Glad you explained that the fog isn’t smog, too. I love the photos where the sky starts turning blue. 😀

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The sheer size of Griffith Park blows my mind. So much filming is done there as you have “civilized” portions of the park and the natural portion. Seeing Glendale from this perspective kind of blows my mind as I started at the same elevation. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. D. Wallace Peach

        I haven’t visited California other than one trip to Yosemite. It’s such a huge and varied state with so much to see! It’s great that you get back there to visit the grandchildren. 🙂

  3. denisebushphoto

    What a great view! I’ve always heard about this park and have probably seen it as the backdrop for movies and TV shows. Good for you for taking the initiative to ‘just do it’!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      It was so cool and to think how many times I have been in or near this park and never taken any of the trails that take you up to much higher elevations. Yes, you have seen it as a backdrop on many films and TV shows. It’s pretty normal to see some of the more remote roads leading back into the hills closed with signs that designate the production event so crew and actors can find it. Thanks for stopping by!


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