Hollywood sign.
Adventures in the USA

Long hikes in Los Angeles

When arriving in Los Angeles it was quite a normal weather for us, about 24 degrees Celcius (75F). Very soon the temperature started to rise. We felt that especially when going hiking. On our 3rd day in Los Angeles, we had planned to hike in Runyon Canyon, until up to Hollywood Hills. Hollywood Hills’ elevation is about 384m (1200feet). But the day we were hiking there, it was so hot outside.

Runners on Runyon Canyon.
Runners on Runyon Canyon.

Hike in Runyon Canyon

We saw a lot of people running and walking their dog in Runyon Canyon. I was wondering, how can they run up the hill when it’s so hot outside. At some point, there was even a water tap where people and dogs can take some water. The land was really dry. And there were so few trees that you couldn’t even get away from the Sun for a minute or two.

The park had a big gate at the entrance. There was a sign that said the park is closed until sunrise. Also, there was a sign that said that due to high fire danger the park is closed from 5 pm on July 2, 3, and 4th. We went there at the end of June. Even though it was quite hard to climb up that mountain, the view of the city was breathtaking and I’m glad we went there. It is recommendable to hike that path early morning when it is not that hot outside yet. We also wanted to get there as early as possible, but because we went out to eat breakfast, we got there at noon when the weather was hottest.

The gate to Runyon Canyon.
The gate to Runyon Canyon.
Beautiful view from Runyon Canyon.
Beautiful view from Runyon Canyon.

Finding Hollywood Sign

Another long hike in the heat was at the end of our stay. We wanted to go to Hollywood sign and see the sign up close. Although we tried to find the fastest way to get there on foot, we ended up going the long path in the burning heat. This time it was already over 30 degrees Celsius (86F) outside. For us, it was far too hot. And to walk a long path up the mountain with that heat was almost impossible for us. Again it was very dry land, another gate and another sign on it. This time the signs warned us that in this area you have to be careful because of some wild animals. It said there could be mountain lions and rattlesnakes. Long story short, we didn’t see any.

Caution sign

This time, gladly, I had a hat on and a little fan that relieved the heat at least a little bit. I and my friend both had 2 water bottles with us this time. We had a long list of things we had planned to do this day, so we wanted to get to that sign as fast as possible. We didn’t realize it was so hard. When we had hiked 2 hours already, we had only half a bottle of water left. The views were once again very beautiful.

Back to the city

When we finally saw the sign, we cut the road a little bit and went through the rough path straight up a little bank. We were so happy when we finally made it. We took some photos and headed back. This time, of course, we did not want to take the same path. We decided to find another, shorter way back to the city. We went from the other side, but then we saw there was a gate that was closed. It seemed like someone’s property so we didn’t know if we were allowed to go from there. We saw some people just opened the gates and went through, so we just followed them.

Hollywood sign.
Hollywood sign from further away.

Turned out, this road took us on little streets. There were houses on each side and some cars passing by. One car stopped and the people asked us if this is the way to the Hollywood sign. We said it is, but the parking up there is highly prohibited. We already saw people getting the tickets. They just nod, thanked us and drove on. When walking on those streets we saw that the grass in front of the houses, next to the pavement is very strange. One household has it perfectly green, another one is quite burned and yellow. Also, the grass was there like a carpet, fake grass.

While walking in upper Hollywood (Hollywoodland), we found a food store. At this time, we had run out of the water so we wanted to buy something cool and fresh. We bought Coca-Cola. It was so good on this hot day. We kept walking a little. Then we got so tired and figured we’re never getting done with the things we planned for this day if we keep walking. We called an Uber and let the driver take us into downtown where was our next thing to do.

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