Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Hike 2017.012 -- Griffith Observatory to Mount Hollywood
There are lots of wonderful views back to the south over almost this entire hike. The Observatory, with the DTLA skyline, looks impressive, day or night.
A fair wildflower bloom is on going. The most common flower is wild mustard, followed by phacelia and Canterbury bell. Lupine are a distant fifth. I think fillaree are probably fourth, but not very interesting to me, since they're such a common yard weed.
Last week, they restriped the roads, so that West Observatory Road is a one-way road up to the Observatory, and East Observatory Road is one way, down. Employee parking remains on East Observatory Road, albeit only on one side, now. Parking on West Observatory Road is also largely limited to one side. That means much less parking spaces. In theory, however, traffic should move more smoothly, since no one needs to make a turn back down the hill, in search of parking. In practice, it seems to mean cars just stop and wait for an open space, bringing the flow of traffic to a halt.
The first few days with the new traffic pattern has been a pretty big disaster, I think. We'll see if things run smoother after the fees and buses start.