October 21st, 2017. Los Angeles/Hollywood, California. My solo afternoon/evening hike up to the Hollywood Sign & Mount Lee Summit, and back down, via the Brush Canyon Trail. Near Griffith Park, Mulholland Trail, Hollyridge Trail In the Santa Monica Mountains. I promised myself to finally see this iconic & historical tourist hot spot. Mission accomplished. It comes second after my Grand Canyon hike at age 14. I'm 25 now. This hike specifically, was a big accomplishment for me since my mom passed away this year. I need to get in better shape. I've lived about 2 hrs away since I was a baby, but never came here. Only been to Griffith Observatory a couple times.
-This marked the conclusion/finale of my week trip to the Hollywood area: Sony Columbia Pictures Studio Tour, 1st day at Universal Studios w/ walking tour, 2nd day at Universal w/ VIP Tour experience and R.I.P. Tour for Halloween Horror Nights, Paramount Studios VIP Tour, Festival of Frights/Horror Made Here nighttime event at Warner Bros Studios, cruise down memory lane in Tarzana, CA.
I stayed four nights at an Econo Lodge in Glendale, CA.
-Parked at the top of Canyon Drive (Starting point)
-Side trip to look around and go inside the Bronson Caves tunnel (Batcave entrance/exit from the 60's 'Batman' TV series starring Adam West) *Where the Batmbobile sped out of, on its way to fight the villains of Gotham City! Captain Logan of "Geekvolution" would love this.
-Another side trip: Mulholland trail to Hollyridge trail. View of sign from below the letters.
-Back to Mulholland, rest of way to top of Mt Lee. View of everything from directly above the letters. Awesome overlook!
-South: Griffith Observatory, Downtown LA, Long Beach & LAX in the distance, Capitol Records Building, West Hollywood, 101 Freeway, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pacific Ocean.
-North (San Fernando Valley): Downtown Glendale, Downtown Burbank, Bob Hope Airport (BUR), 134 & 210 Freeways.
-East: LA Central Communications Facility (cellphone, microwave, radio tower)
*Countless other hikers and the Horseback riding tour groups were also present throughout the journey.
-I did NOT take the Aileen Getty Ridge Trail path to Cahuenga Peak/Burbank Peak. Or the Tree of Wisdom. Maybe next time.
-The sun was setting on my way back down. I loved the orange/red glow. The lights of the buildings became bight and lit up the horizon. I didn't film the remainder of my return trek, I couldn't, but it was very dark. Remember to bring a flashlight next time.
-Article about this hike: https://socalhiker.net/hiking-to-the-hollywood-sign-and-bronson-caves/
--October 26th: Brush Fire (caused by a motorcycle accident) in the Ortega Mountains in Lake Elsinore/Wildomar, CA. View from my house, looking southwest.