Was this an awesome hike? No. Was it exhilarating? No. Do I recommend it? Yes.
Hiking in L.A... Who woulda guessed?
Background: I had a few hours before my flight left and this has been a hike I've been wanting to do, so naturally, I did it. It's only between 4-5 miles round trip.
The trail starts with a nice path and trees before it's an uphill climb, opening up to switchbacks and and a hazy view of the city. Easy walking, but I kept a brisk pace because I had a plane to catch and honestly needed a workout.
I love California. In December, it was about 70 degrees. I was way overdressed for the weather wearing Lulus and a thin long sleeve.
It was a long enough hike to feel accomplished and to feel like you're out of the city, but short enough to where you don't need to block out an entire day, which is nice because there're so many other things to do in Southern California,
The thing that stuck out to me most -- Besides the constant Miley Cyrus song going through my head (Caption of the above picture: "Look to my right and see the Hollywood Sign" -- was the type of people I saw on the trailhead. There were a lot of foreigners. It makes sense, but I wasn't expecting it. I ran into a couple from Germany that was traveling for three weeks up the coast of California. It was an eclectic mix, but it made me realize that this hike is worth the time because of its historical significance. Even though I was born and raised in California, the Hollywood sign has the same draw to me as the couple from Germany.
The Brush Canyon Trail has a lot more to offer if you do decide to pack a lunch and make a day of it. (Speaking of lunch, on this hike I saw a dog steal a random girls sandwich... This doesn't have anything to do with the story, but I love dogs and thought the situation was funny because it wasn't my sandwich that was stolen)
I only had a couple of hours, so I just hiked to just below the sign. You can go above it for a better view, but I was there for the Hollywood Sign and not a smoggy view of the city.
Because... You gotta do it for the gram. I boarded my plane sweaty, smelly, and happy and tried not to make eye contact with the person I was sitting next to.