The LA Hiking Experience
By Rachel Thorpe
Los Angeles is the place to be. The city has anything and everything you would ever want to do. Good food, hikes, concerts, beaches, sunshine, great vibes, etc., etc. There’s not a chance that you’ll be bored in LA. I was here interning last summer and this summer, and decided to stay here for the SULA fall semester because I couldn’t get enough.
One of my favorite things about LA is the array of mountains that surround the city. I love driving to work and looking up to see the beautiful mountains in the distance (don’t worry, I’m still paying attention to the road!) I’m a huge fan of nature, and love going out to take a hike on the weekends. The weather can never disappoint in Southern California, so it’s always a good day for a nice hike. One of my favorite spots here is the Glendale Peak Trail in Griffith Park. There are a jillion hiking places in Los Angeles, so it is definitely not valid if I say this is the best one, because I’ve probably only hit up 3% of the trails. Once you get to the peak of the mountain, you get a rewarding 360 view of LA, and you’ll realize how beautiful the sight is. One time, I spent about 30 minutes at the top of the trail, just appreciating the view with an apple in my hand. Yes, snacks are a necessity on a hike.
Aside from hiking the mountains, and getting a nice butt workout, it’s also great to go running on a flat surface. My go-to spot is the Hollywood Reservoir, which is just a four-minute drive from the Oakwood apartments. The loop trail wraps around a lake, and gives you a prime view of the Hollywood sign. It motivates me every time to look up at that sign and keep going.
The great thing about LA is there are so many things to do here, so there are always new things to try. I plan on exploring more hiking spots across the city, and finding the best places to plop down and eat an apple with a view.