The Brighter Writer


Hiking to the Hollywood Sign!

Happy 2012 to everyone!

I decided to start off the New Year with posting one of my very favorite memories from last year which was hiking to the historic, culturally iconic Hollywood sign. It had been on my bucket list forever so when my husband asked what I wanted to do for my 31st birthday last August, it was my top choice. I did a ton of research on it before hand and found a website that had everything we needed to know including pictures of every turn which saved us from getting lost in the morning fog numerous times.

These security features which overlook the entire mountain are more protected than the President. Violations for crossing the fence are Hollywood-paycheck pricey due to the risks of being on the side of this extremely steep slope. Not to mention the fact that this sign has survived a heap-ton of vandalism throughout the years and that there are giant residential neighborhoods that don't want random people tromping though their back yard. Be forewarned that you'll not only have a tall perimeter fence with razor wire protecting it, but also 24 hour electronic surveillance by City of Los Angeles authorities infrared lights and cameras that can see equally as well in the day and on a moonless night, monitoring microphones and bullhorns, web cameras, motion sensors, and regular patrol visits by city police and park ranger helicopters.

They aren't joking around.

We hung out up there for quite a while, had a picnic and checked out the insanely gorgeous view.

Hiking the hollywood sign #California

The front view on our way back down:

Hollywood Sign hike #California

Since we were basically next door to it anyway, we drove over to the Griffith Observatory. Even though it was closed, walking around the grounds was so well worth it. The view from the behind the building was another that I'll remember for the rest of my life.

Griffith Observatory Hiking to the hollywood sign #California

Holding up the Hollywood sign at the Griffith Observatory #California

HIGHLY recommended for anyone in Southern California that has the chance to do it. Best birthday EVER!!