Friday, August 29, 2014
Hike 2014.046 -- Fern Dell and Mt. Hollywood Drive, Griffith Park
Decided on Fern Dell, since it had been a while since my last hike there.
I was not optimistic, given how hot and dry it has been. But things still looked very bucolic down there. The waters still ran.
These purple guys were right near by, on long vines wrapped around some trees. I don't know the species of either, but I'm sure neither are southern California natives. But the relative moisture and shade of Fern Dell lets them thrive.
After getting back to the upper part of Fern Dell, the plan was to head up the ridge to my west. I had seen a picture of the Observatory from pretty much due west, at Observatory level. Hadn't seen such a view yet, so I went in search of the photo perspective.
Eventually, I headed cross-country, up a very steep incline that proved tougher than I expected. I made it back up and eventually joined Mt. Hollywood Drive. I guess that got me a perspective I would have missed had I headed straight back to my car.
My previous visits to Fern Dell are here and here. Also, here. Obviously, it's a pretty photogenic place to go.