Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hike 2013.057 -- Griffith Park -- Between Mt. Hollywood and Fern Dell
In April and in in July. Could have sworn I also went there in the fall, but I don't see the hike posted.
Despite my previous trips here, I still made a new discovery: There's a "George Harrison Tree," right on the north edge of the Observatory parking lot. That's it, right there. Of course, I shot it with sun peeking out from behind the tree, as in, "Here's Comes the Sun."
There's also the James Dean statue, on the west walkway as you approach the Observatory, the side facing the Hollywood sign.
Stupid people cut the switchback, risking injury to themselves or those below them, and speed erosion along the trail. Here, a bunch of Boy Scouts, (with "777" on their shoulders--the nearest Pack 777 is based in Diamond Bar) are slip-sliding their way down a steep descent. Stupid pack leader.
Also at this junction is where the two other "trails" (one seems to be a formal, somewhat steep, but not all that difficult trail, while the other runs along the ridge and ends where the Scouts were struggling down towards the Vermont Tunnel.
A hawk zipped quickly past me here. I didn't have time to try to reset for a higher shutter speed, so the picture is only moderately sharp.
One more turn, and it's on up to the picnic tables atop Mt. Hollywood. I've taken plenty of pictures from here in the past on clearer days, so took none, today.
Instead, after literally a moment, I turned on back down. I originally intended to call it a day, but from the top I could see what looked like the brown-rust of oak leaves in Ferndell, so I decided to walk past the Observatory and take the trail that runs down from immediately to the east of the Observatory. I assume this is called the "Observatory Trail," since if you follow it down (making a right at your first junction), it later splits into an "East Observatory" and a "West Observatory" trail.
Alas, the colors were not as nice as I had hoped. And, given the near-noon-day sun, there were lots of bright spots and shadowed area, which makes photography without filters or post-shot manipulation unappealing.
Up near the top of Ferndell, across the street from the park, is "The Trails" cafe. I've never managed to actually find the place, though I've also never seriously looked for it. It seems invisible from the Ferndell Trail, so you'd have to walk down Ferndell Drive/Western Canyon Drive to find the place, I think
Anyway, back to the car much later than I planned. Figure on about five miles total for the hikes today.