Undergraduate Admissions

Follow us!

Griffith Observatory and Mount Hollywood

For the fourth of July, I went to Griffith Observatory and Mount Hollywood with my church (Hill Community Church), a large portion of which is Caltech students. During the evening of July 4th, we had a picnic potluck dinner on the grass outside Griffith Observatory, then started on a short hike to Mount Hollywood, a small peak nearby. Before starting on the hike, we had some time to go inside the observatory and enjoy the view; from the back of the observatory, we could see all the way to downtown Los Angeles!

View from Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

The normal trail to Mount Hollywood is very wide and not very steep. However, there’s several "shortcuts" that are slightly harder and steeper.

Hollywood sign from the trail

Griffith Observatory from the trail

Several of us decided to take a shortcut up a rather steep hill. (It really didn’t look that steep until we started climbing up.) It was steep enough and had enough loose dirt that everyone had to use their hands at some point of the climb. It actually didn’t end up being much of a shortcut either; the other group caught up with us as the last of our group finished climbing up.

We took a "shortcut"

After some time, we came to a 3-path fork in the road. The trail branched into three trails – easy, medium, and hard. The hard path was the shortest – we could actually see Mount Hollywood from the fork, and the hard trail went directly up. It turned out to be easier than the first shortcut we took because there was much less loose dirt on the trail. And it turned out to be noticeably faster than the other trails as well, unlike the first shortcut.

From Mount Hollywood, we had a great view of the surrounding area. We could see downtown Los Angeles on one side, Burbank/Glendale from the other side, and most likely Pasadena as well (it was dark and hard to distinguish places). We could also watch lots of fireworks – the largest two shows were one in Glendale or Burbank and the one at the Rose Bowl stadium.

View from Mount Hollywood

Laura Santoso