Ever wanted to see the famous Hollywood sign up close? Well you can! There are several hikes that lead up to the Hollywood sign in the Santa Monica Mountains, ranging from 3 to 7 miles long. Some of the hikes start at Griffith Observatory, while others start in other parts of Griffith Park.
I did the Brush Canyon to Hollywood Sign Trail, which took about 3 hours. Most of it was on a wide, exposed path like the one in the photo below, and along the way, there were great views of downtown LA.
At some point, there’s a fork indicating the split between the trail that goes above and behind the Hollywood sign and the trail that ends below the Hollywood sign. We took the shorter trail to stay below the sign, and at the end, there was a great front view of the sign! Next time, I’m looking forward to climbing up and behind the sign – I’ve heard you can get much closer to it from behind :)
It is currently 1:21 in the morning and I am thrilled to be writing the first post of our new admissions blog, Caltech Fission. For those of you who didn’t follow the old blog, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Andrew and I’m a senior at Caltech studying geophysics and English literature.
After a week being back, I think it’s about time for some reflections on what it meant to be abroad, and what I’ve taken away from it. I’m really happy to be back, but it’s just been almost a culture shock of sorts being back in California, and back at my true home (for now, at least).
There’s nothing more festive than beautiful holiday decor. Something that has gotten quite popular in recent years is light displays. Around Pasadena, the LA Zoo, LA Arboretum are a few venues that have elaborate holiday light displays. This past weekend, I went to check out the LA Zoo Lights. The general admission is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends, which is certainly not cheap, so if you do go, be sure to take a ton of photos.