This is Part 1 of a series we are going to do on local things to do in Los Angeles. Now we have been living here for over 2 years we can probably be considered close enough to local to be able to write this series, although it is such a sprawling, diverse city that I don’t think you could ever truly discover it all. Essentially this series will focus on what we like to do and show our visitors and how to avoid the traditional LA tourist traps.
The hike to Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is a great way to get outdoors, get some sunshine and start to get over jet-lag for those international guests who have just flown in the day before. It is more of an uphill walk than a ‘hike’ and can be done in standard casual clothes, although I would recommend decent walking shoes.
Opened in 1936, the Griffith Observatory has been a mainstay on the LA and Hollywood skyline for almost a century. It has prime a prime location in the hills and offers amazing panoramic views of Downtown LA, Century City, Hollywood, Santa Monica and all the way down to Long Beach on a clear day.
I suggest starting the hike as early as possible once you turn onto Fern Dell Drive, or you can drive up and park near The Trails Cafe for a slightly shorter walk. Once parked simply start out towards the hills and you will see the main path where the majority of people are walking, plus a view of the observatory, so you really cant get lost. At the top there is huge lawn area to rest, plus the views previously mentioned.
After returning to your car (no public transport options that I am aware of unfortunately) make sure you check out the Los Feliz neighborhood for breakfast or lunch (or brunch!).