“I want to go to the beach,” a visiting friend asks. “I want to see the ocean,” they say. You, the local, thinks that it’s cold and that it’s too far and that it really isn’t something “to do”while in Los Angeles. So how can you balance both aspects of going beachy without doing the work of getting beachy? Go to Palisades Park. It’s basically going to the waterfront without meeting the water.
Every time I’ve gone for a hike in Bronson Canyon, I always head straight and up the hill toward the Hollywood sign or Griffith Park joining ridge walk. There is some path that turns right early, before you even enter the park proper but I have never entertained the thought of going up it. You’d confuse it for some sort of park ranger road since there are some gates blocking it and it clearly is a strip that vehicles frequently travel: it doesn’t actually seem like a trail.
Well, it is—and it’s a special one. As many locals know, Bronson Canyon is home to the original Batcave and that early trail offshoot leads to it. It is perhaps one of the easiest hikes in town and the payoff is pretty extraordinary regardless of your thoughts on the superhero or Hollywood: it’s a special little destination that easily wows.
In news of the great, Los Angeles apparently has the biggest urban trail network. It’s coming out in April and is supposed to be great.
There’s a project from the LA River Revitilization Corp that is hoping to raise ten thousand dollars to make a Bike-In Theater along the LA River. What a great idea! That would be so great.
Even though the new Grand Park has been around for almost a year, it feels like few outside of Downtown office persons around the City Hall area have stopped by to check it out. If you had jury duty or attend Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels, perhaps you’ve stopped in. Maybe you have visited the park because you wanted a free something to do over the Summer? For whatever reason, the park feels overlooked as a place to go, overshadowed by dusty hiking adjacent picnic areas and urban parklets. We’re guilty of this—and we can’t be the only ones. While in the area last week, we stopped by the park to grab lunch with friends and—Man.—is it incredible. If you have not been yet, you need to go to Grand Park. It’s delightful!