Griffith Park

Griffith Park Los Angeles

One of the things we love about the West coast is how much its residents seem to love their open spaces. During our time in L.A.’s Griffith Park, we estimated that locals outnumbered us visitors by at least three to one. We understand the attraction.

As one of North America’s largest urban parks, Griffith sprawls over a whopping 4,210 acres of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains. Its rugged 1,200 foot elevation gain to the summit of Mount Hollywood makes the park a favorite for anyone seeking a hardy workout, whether man or beast.

Horse Overlooking the Hollywood Sign

An equine contemplates the Hollywood sign

In addition to its 53 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, the park is also the site of a 5,700 seat theater modeled after a Greek temple, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, a Museum of the American West, and – of course – the world-famous Griffith Observatory.

Griffith Observatory

Saturn and Jupiter models inside the Griffith Observatory

In keeping with a recent blog theme, Griffith Park also happens to be one of Los Angeles’ busiest filming locations, racking up an impressive 346 days of production in 2011. A bronze bust of James Dean still graces the Observatory to commemorate its prominent inclusion in his 1955 classic, Rebel Without a Cause.

James Dean at Griffith Observatory

James Dean on the Griffith Observatory balcony in Rebel Without a Cause

Since then Griffith has performed as a backdrop for everything from music videos to video games. Fittingly for us, it also served as this season’s starting line for The Amazing Race’s around-the-world travel competition. Taking off from the Observatory, teams immediately made way for LAX airport and on to Bora Bora. Now that is an interesting idea!

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6 Comments on “Griffith Park”

  1. Victoria March 20, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Oooh yes I have been there before. It is quite fabulous. I tried to get as close to the Hollywood sign as I could without trespassing, haha.


  2. popsiculture11 March 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Love it! We lived in Los Feliz, right near Griffith Park. It’s amazing.


  3. eric.rial March 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Next time I had north I have to finally do a hike here. It was a regular location for Men of a Certain Age, one of my favorite canceled too soon TV shows.


  4. Luddy's Lens March 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Aw, maaan: first the southern beaches and now Griffith Park? All my childhood stomping grounds! I gotta plan a trip back home…


  5. melmannphoto March 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    That first image really gives a sense of place. Didn’t realize there was that much wooded area in LA but then I do spend far too much time on the freeway. Thanks for sharing.



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