Hiking to Griffith Observatory

Sometimes, an unplanned accidental hike can be quite rewarding! I was scouting locations for an upcoming model shoot and had planned to take a look at Ferndell, a section of Los Angeles’ Griffith Park renowned for its lush plant life. The path through Ferndell is a welcome respite from the surrounding city, although it can become busy on weekends. The trail is narrow and winds along a stream with deep green foliage all around.

Fern Dell in Los Angeles' Griffith Park
Ferndell

After crossing a short bridge over the stream, the path opened out into a wide picnic area. To the right were two other paths leading up into the surrounding hills. After selecting a path to continue my hike and rounding a corner, I realized the Griffith Observatory was where the path was headed, providing great views along the way. A happy accident!

Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory

As you climb the path, at times, the Hollywood Sign comes into view.

The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign

The domes of the observatory dominate the view as you get closer.

Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory

At the top of the path, one enters the park-like grounds of the observatory and gets a look at the front entrance.

Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory

A bust of James Dean is on the west side of the grounds, with the Hollywood Sign in the background.

Bust of James Dean in Griffith Park
Bust of James Dean

The architecture of the outside walkways feature arches and an Art Deco style.

Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory

Views of downtown Los Angeles to the south and Santa Monica to the west are breathtaking!

Los Angeles View
Los Angeles View

Leaving the observatory, as you head back down, you are treated once again to views of downtown Los Angeles through the trees.

Los Angeles View
Los Angeles View

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Map of Ferndell

Map of Griffith Park and the Observatory

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