The coronavirus has continued to be a great threat to our society, as outdoor dining has been limited and stay-at-home precautions have been placed. Because of this, many people are being forced to stay indoors, which leads to unhealthy routines and eating habits. Exercising indoors at gyms can be dangerous, so a better, more safe way to exercise would be to enjoy the outdoors and go on a walk or hike. Griffith Park is a great place to do this, and its numerous hiking trails are easy enough for beginner hikers and give a great view of Los Angeles.
Griffith Park is one of the largest wilderness parks in the United States, with over 4,210 acres of natural chaparral and landscaped parkland terrain. It has a variety of plants from coastal sage scrub to oak and walnut woodlands, presenting beautiful views during one’s hike. These native plants such as oak, lilac, mountain mahogany, and sage decorate the trail and are a pleasant sight to see. The park’s elevation ranges from 384 to 1,625 feet above sea level and has an arid climate; this cool weather is perfect for hiking. Griffith Park is located in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range. It is easily accessible for all visitors, as it lies west of the Golden State Freeway, between Los Feliz Boulevard and the Ventura Freeway. There are many signs on the way, making this park particularly easy to find. Hikers can bike, walk, or drive to the park, but there are many public transportation options such as the DASH Observatory shuttle and the Parkline Shuttle that make stops all around the park, making it easier for visitors to get around.
Many people know about the Griffith Park Observatory, but aren’t familiar with going hiking on the various routes available. A 53 mile network of trails, fire roads, and bridle paths are open for hikers to use. Due to COVID-19, the Griffith Parkline, Griffith Observatory, Travel Town, Wisdom Tree Trail, and the Burbank Peak Trail are closed. Thankfully, there are many other trails that visitors are allowed to use. One of the most rewarding hikes at Griffith Park is the trail leading from the Observatory parking lot to the summit of Mount Hollywood. Not only is the view spectacular, but hikers also get the exercise they come for. Among these plentiful and beautiful trails, one may come across wildlife. When hiking at Griffith Park, it is important to be cautious and on guard, as there may be rodents, foxes, coyotes, rattlesnakes, and deer present in the wilderness.
This past weekend, I went hiking with my family at Griffith Park. Even though the trail was very long and tiring, I was amazed by the beautiful view presented in front of me. I plan to continue to come to this park to exercise, make memories, and spend time with my family. For those that are always at home due to the pandemic, hiking or going on a walk at the Griffith Park is a great way to get some exercise and a fresh breath of air.