Now that it’s getting to finally start to be summer, I’m 100% motivated to get back on the work out train. I am SO lucky to be in LA where there are great hikes all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the gym to lift weights, but there’s something that I just like better about doing cardio outside. It’s nice to get some fresh air while exercising, and I love going outside because it encourages me to bring a friend! This time I brought Jen (you might remember her from the photos she took for this b&w outfit, or our night at the ballet) and did a fun (read, easy) hike and snapped some photos along the way.
For our hike I grabbed my water bottle, put on my running shoes (I have really bad knees and SWEAR by my Asics), a tank top from my old job, a running sweater and my super comfy new yoga pants given to me by Prolific Health. I thought a great way to test out the new pants would be to take them hiking! I’ve been lounging around in them for weeks… but I figured since they are yoga pants I should do something active with them – hence this hike! They definitely passed my test, they’re super comfy for lounging or hiking!
For our hike, Jen and I took the trail that goes up to the observatory. This trail is nice because the incline is gradual and doesn’t kill you if you’re just getting back into your workout routine for the summer.
You can see the observatory off in the distance there! These photos really don’t do it justice – it’s so pretty to look at on the way up the trail. Sometimes the path winds around so you lose sight of it, but the next time you see it, it’s even bigger than before!
We took a little pause for photos mid way up the trail because you can see the Hollywood sign! There’s another hike that takes you right up behind it, which is so cool. I’ll be sure to photograph that later, but that trail is different than the one we did.
I know I live here now, and should be used to seeing the Hollywood sign, but I don’t know if I ever will be! I still love stopping in front of it for a good photo or two. ?
We hiked up on a pretty overcast day, which in my opinion is the best day to go. It’s nice to be able to get a late start and not be super hot! It’s also nice to go on a day after it has rained because the rain clears out some of the pollution and you can see a little more of the city. It had sprinkled a little the day before this hike, so we had a pretty nice view!
One thing I always forget when I go hiking is just how brown everything is. In North Carolina, this would all be green, because we get so much more rain there! I suppose the silver lining is that since it doesn’t rain as much here this trail is a dirt path and not a mud path. lol ?
There are so many differences hiking here. For instance, you wouldn’t see a cactus while hiking in NC.
We did end up seeing a little tiny snake though! He was such a little guy (up at the top of the photo in the bushes) and everyone wanted to stop and take a peek. It took me forever to find him!
After we had hiked a while (and had seen the snake) we decide to turn around and head back down. There’s an area with a bunch of rocks and picnic tables so we stopped there for a little bit to sip some water before we went back.
After we chatted a while I took a post-hiking-selfie and we headed back to the car.
The path back to the cars is probably the most green part of the hike! There’s a sidewalk that is shaded by tons of trees and there’s even a large patch of grass between the road and the path.
All in all, today was a great hike! It was so nice to go with Jen and have some girl time. It was an added bonus that it was so cloudy so that we were pretty comfortable temperature wise the entire time! I can’t wait to share more of the hikes LA has to offer in future posts. Stay tuned!
Do you have a favorite hiking path? Let me know in the comments – I’ll be sure to check it out!
If you liked this outfit post, be sure to check out this other one that Jen took the photos for!
You might also like this post where Jen and I got all fancy to go to the ballet!
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