Okay, okay...I guess I jumped the gun a bit when I said "I'm back!" I had good intentions of blogging semi regularly after that, but it just didn't happen. I haven't been particularly inspired to write, or take time away from actual fun, to take pictures...I know...total blogger failure.
I have one cool adventure to write about, though. At the end of June I had a work trip to California and was able to muster up energy to do something fun! I have been to LA/OC a few times before for work, but never had the energy to fight LA traffic, or do much more than get to a mall. This time, I went for it. I was kind of ashamed that I had never actually seen the Hollywood sign, and decided to remedy that. That, and I wanted to visit a celebrity fitness hot-spot.
There were a number of trail options. My GPS led me to the starting point at the top of the map. I was a little disoriented at first and did the purple line hike (really short) before realizing I was at a dead end. My goal was to do the super though hike (red), so I went on my way and figured it out. As I was hiking, I realized I was pretty much going the wrong way because everyone was going reverse. Not that it was a problem at all, but I was going down some slightly scary and sandy paths that definitely did not have hand rails. Everyone else was huffing and puffing up the red path and I was just trying not to fall as I stepped/slid down. Safety is my primary concern and I totally butt slid a couple times. After making it down the red trail, I started back with the green trail that joined with yellow until making it back to my car.
|First lookout...off of the end of the purple trail.|
|I'll take the shade while I have it!|
|On top of the peak in that last photo.|
|Treacherous, butt sliding part.|
|Still going down!|
|The HOLLYWOOD sign!!!|
Bad angle, but it's just below the tower sticking up on the middle hill.
|Looking down at where I'll have to climb up later. |
That path is probably part of the green just before joining with yellow.
|Climbing back up the green path. I ran/walked this part since it was nicely paved.|
Overall, it was a great workout with awesome views. The hike was nice for really working my legs in a different way. I really don't get to do hill work on Houston's flat, flat, flatness. There were unfortunately no celeb spottings ;) Next time, I guess! It took about 1 hour and 15-30 minutes to do the whole loop, and is something I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a hike with views.