Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend I did what I usually do on long weekends: I took long hikes in the hills. Yes, this column is about city walking, but guess what? We live in a major metropolitan area that’s bisected by a mountain range. One trek I took began at Beachwood Canyon, up towards the Hollywood Sign and over into Lake Hollywood. What I love about this walk is that one minute you’re bushwhacking through the chaparral of Griffith Park, admiring the views, feeling very Into the Wild, and the next you turn a corner and are confronted with dozens of tourists—all of which seem to be gazing right at you. (What’s a grueling, three-hour ascent for you is a 15-minute rental car ride to pose with the Hollywood Sign for them.) Feeling like I was on some kind of safari, I got out my camera and snapped photos of the wild creatures.
Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.