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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

From The Field: West

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart


Hollywood Hills Loop, Griffith Park, CA
Jason Bazalar, Los Angeles, CA
Explore 4,210-acre Griffith Park on this rocky 3.5-mile loop topping out at 1,625-foot Mt. Hollywood. Sweeping views across the L.A. urban jungle (which you’ll glimpse from the viewpoint at mile 1.3) juxtapose with the park’s chaparral-covered slopes, home to coyotes and a recently spotted cougar. Go on July 4th to witness a dozen or more fireworks shows simultaneously: “You’ll see displays from all of the L.A. metro area,” Bazalar says.
Trip ID 27874

“Stop at Dante’s View to fill water and get L.A. views.”




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