What do you think of when you see the iconic Hollywood sign? The nine-letter symbol of Tinseltown has perched high on a hill since 1923. It conjures up all that Hollywood and the entertainment industry give us: glamor, film stars who are larger than life, epic movies and enduring TV shows, dreams and drama. You can get close to the sign by hiking up the hill behind the Griffith Observatory. If you’re in the Southern California area, this is a fun way to spend a morning.
This sign has gone through cycles of popularity and disrepair. It was spiffed up in the 1970s and then in 2013 it was repainted to stand out against the landscape. You can no longer “touch” the sign, but it’s still thrilling to be so near to this landmark.
We chose a partly cloudy day to shield us from the sun and found the trailhead near the observatory. Several trails wind through the hills. The shortest and easiest route up the hills is the Mt. Hollywood trail. Right off we learned that apparently rattlesnakes inhabit these hills. And Berlin is the sister city of Los Angeles. Berliners planted the trees that are growing into a healthy forest here.
The cities below sat in fog, which gave a surreal air to the scenery.
Of course you find a few palms up among the pines, because this is Hollywood.
Our goal was the Hollywood summit, and we made it without too much huffing and puffing. The vista from this summit is certainly rewarding.
How about you? Can you think of someplace you’ve known about a long time that you have yet to explore?