Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Hike 2012.038 -- Cahuenga Peak, Griffith Park
just a few weeks previous, so most of these pictures are just from the last mile or so of my hike, from Mt. Lee to Burbank Peak. The rest of the hike is just getting from your trailhead to Mt. Lee, which was covered in previous hikes.
[My initial guess was going to be a "Sister Cities" event, but Los Angeles doesn't have a sister city in Australia or Columbia, so unless someone messed up with the flags, it was something else.]
Looking to the west, I could see a solitary tree, silhouetted against the glare of the eastern horizon. I later learned this tree marked the summit of Burbank Peak. It seems like more of a shoulder than a peak, but I don't get to name things.
As I made the final push, coming from the northeast, I passed a bloom of monkeyflower.
Then I was there.
Great views back to Mt Lee, with Mt Hollywood and Griffith Observatory beyond. Hazy Burbank and Glendale to the north. Hazier North Hollywood to the west. Universal Studios was down there. No view of the ocean today, either. As with my last few hikes in Griffith Park, visibility was poor.
What I could still see was the lone tree, which I eventually decided to visit.
It's a quick 3/4 mile, with a fair descent in altitude to the tree.
An old ammunition case was labeled "Tree Mail," and there were several notebooks inside. All the entries were from the last few days, however, so I figured there was no point in leaving a message.
Took some more pictures, then returned the way I came.
No real idea on the total mileage for the day. I'll call it 6 miles, though it could be more.