February 17, 2014

Hiking In Griffith Park

Tyler and I have recently started hiking in Griffith Park. Most of last year we hiked in Brand Park, which we appreciated because it was a crazy good work-out. A few weeks ago some friends invited us to hike in Griffith Park. It's a more leisurely hike, but a great opportunity to stretch our legs and spend some time outdoors.

The hike begins at the base of the park where there is a play ground and an old zoo. We haven't adventured through the old zoo, but we're hoping to sometime. It's a nice walk up and through the mountain. There are numerous places to look out over the city and if you plan for it you can hike all the way to the Griffith Observatory. You can hike into Griffith Park from numerous places within the city. We enter from the Glendale/Burbank side, but there are places to hike up the mountain from the LA side too. We encounter hikers, bikers, families, and lots and lots of dogs. The times we have been hiking in Griffith Park we go so we can see the sun set. It's beautiful to see the sun kissed sky and then watch the city light up.
Something that Tyler and I have heard is that people have a tendency to get lost while hiking the different mountain ranges. While we've never been lost before we do always take certain things with us when hiking.

1.) Water. Tyler and I both take our own Camelbak stainless steal bottles. We're kind big camelbak fans and the stainless steal bottles are great. We've even closed the car door on one of them twice.

2.) Snacks. I can't go anywhere without snacks. We always take protein bars and occasionally cuties.

3.) Tissue. No matter what I always need a tissue.

4.) Flashlight. The first time we hiked Griffith Park it was dark by the time we were hiking down. We keep a flashlight with us for saftey.

5.) Camelbak day pack. Everything that we take on our hike goes into our camelbak, water bottles, snacks, tissue, flashlight, phones, and anything else we can think of. 
Hiking in Griffith Park is one of my favorite things to do in LA. It's one place we can go and feel like we're really out of the city without leaving the city. What are some things you always take on your hike? Where is your favorite place to hike?
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20 comments:

  1. Wow, these photos are beautiful! I love your list of hiking essentials--snacks a MUST for me, too!

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    1. Thanks Jenna! We love taking photos! Aren't snacks the best! I would probably wither away at the top without snacks.

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    1. It is one of my very favorite places in LA. It's amazing that we can see so many different places from the top.

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  3. What a beautiful hike!

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    1. Thanks Allison! It's so much fun! And when you get to the top the sound of the city dies down.

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  4. Trees our best friends. You love our best friends. You are really great.

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  5. Oh my goodness, what an amazing hike! The views and the warm sunshine are amazing (as are your photos!). :) What a fun hike!

    p.s. I would totally get lost, too, if it weren't for the fact that I hike with my parents and my dad who is the family navigator with his compass/map/boy scout skills!

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    1. Thanks friend! I love that your dad is you navigator. I can see how people could get lost in Griffith park, especially if they go up at night, which happens a lot.

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  6. So beautiful!! I would hike more often if it ended in that view. :)

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    1. It totally makes it easy to want to hike all the time. This past weekend we went Saturday and Sunday. And some friends we went with went on Monday too. Hiking three days in a row!

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  7. our hiking list is identical! I love my camelbak water bottle!

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    1. Camelbak water bottles are our favorite. Super durable and so easy to drink from.

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  8. LOVE IT THERE DON'T YOU?!?!?!? So gorgeous guys! Looks like you guys had some serious fun.

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    1. It's basically amazing! We went twice this weekend and we'll probably go every weekend from here on out.

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  9. Beautiful photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time! xxx

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    1. Thank you! We really did. It's such a nice hike and depending on which section of the mountains we hike depends on how good of a workout we get.

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  10. I must have missed this one. Such pretty photos! Gorgeous light.

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    1. It's a great hike too. Being on the mountain over looking the city makes it seem so much more beautiful.

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  11. I've been wanting to hike here for so long but still never got around to it! You've inspired me to really go now!! : )

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