The One with the Hollywood Hike from H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks


Sunday, October 4, 2009

In-between sessions of General Conference Chris and I decided to go on a spur-of-the-moment hike to the Hollywood sign. It's only 15 minutes away, why not?Hold the "before" picture smiles, cuz it got nasty.This was the ONLY sign we saw the entire time we were trail-blazing. And boy did we blaze some trails. There were paths leading this way and that way and upways and downways and sideways and there were NO SIGNS ANYWHERE. Like, don't a lot of people do this hike? Why aren't there any gosh darn signs? Some Eagle Scouts need to get on that.Top it off with horse-poop covered trails :)
Pause for a minute to admire a pretty tree.
We followed a long trail that was going the opposite direction of the sign, but we figured, it'll switch back eventually. Wrong. So wrong. The trail dead ended at this water tower.
See that radio tower waaaaaay off in the distance? Yeah. That's where we needed to be. So we turned around and headed back up the trail we started going towards in the first place, but had turned around at because it turned into a paved road and that just didn't seem right.
See that green water tower waaaaay off in the distance on the very right edge halfway down? Yeah. That's where we were. (See two pictures above.)Eventually we got to the paved road which was indeed the right path to the sign. And we made it to the top. The views were worth all of the trouble. At least I think so.You can't go down to the Hollywood sign itself, but you get a nice view of the back of it!I didn't know there's a lake hidden up in the hills, but from the looks of it, it doesn't seem like you can go out and do fun things on it. I think it's really pretty though. A nice touch of nature in an otherwise completely urban sprawl.
Man oh man, some of the houses in Hollywood are MAJOR!

On the way back home we spotted this extra large shoe car. So random.

6 comments

  1. It still looks like more fun than most people had between conference sessions. I'm jealous. How many times will I have to say that?

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  2. hahahaha. we too attempted this same hike once -- i agree, so confusing!! good job for making it all the way to the sign though; we gave up before then :) i love the pic of downtown.

    p.s. cool new blog header :)

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  3. That was quite the view from the top! And a lovely tree, I agree :)

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  4. This is something I never did when I lived there. It looks like fun though, even though you got lost. Those hills (the Hollywood Hills) are where tons of major stars live. The houses are rediculous, I agree. I never knew about the lake. It's probably a water preserve actually since California needs water BAD! Yes, here is a link to something I just found about it:
    http://www.hike-la.com/hike_lake_hollywood_trail.html
    You should go there and see if you can jog into someone famous!

    I love the shoe car! I want one.

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  5. I want to do that hike...I'll just have to talk to you first and figure out how to get there :)

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  6. Ohmigosh, craziness!!! LOL! At least you got there! And got some GOOD exercise... ;-)

    And that shoe is TOTALLY random! Weird! LOL.

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