I’ve probably been to the Griffith Observatory five or six times already, but this was the first time that I hiked up to reach the museum and it was really nice trip. I can understand why the hike has a four-and-a-half-star rating on Yelp because it provides some amazing views of both the natural environment and the city of Los Angeles. We (me, Harold, Saba, and Evelyn) parked on the street near the start of the trail and began our walk up during the mid-afternoon. It actually wasn’t as hot as it could have been and I think that it’s just another sign that fall is coming.
The hike itself is pretty straightforward since there is a well-maintained path that winds its way to the top. We got a little adventurous going up and cut through this rocky area that required more balance and I thought that part was a lot of fun. By the time we got through that climb, we were actually pretty close to the top already. The whole trip one-way probably took less than twenty minutes, but you should definitely stop to admire the views once you get a little higher. I think you get a strange but awesome feeling when you finally get your first sight of the city because you get a sense of how close these two different environments are to each other. People just don’t typically associate Los Angeles with good hiking trails.
We didn’t really explore the observatory this time and we just had a good conversation in the cafe until we decided it was time to head back to the car. There’s no parking allowed on the street from sunset to sunrise, so that should play a factor in deciding when to start your trip since you want to make sure you get back in time. The hike down is much faster anyway so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. We actually saw a group of coyotes once we got back to the main road and that was a cool surprise. They just kept to themselves and went on their merry way through the trees.
This was the second hike I’ve been on this week and that might actually be a new record for me. It feels fun exploring like this again and I imagine that this cooler weather will help me want to do that a lot more. Happy September!