Vermont Canyon Road

Best Hike with a Pay Off, August 2013

So you’re the sort who doesn’t move a muscle without asking “What’s in it for me?” This trek has your name all over it. Head to Griffith Park about an hour before sunset, and take the unmarked trail that starts right off Vermont Canyon Road (it’s about 100 yards south of the Greek Theatre). Wind your way along the dirt path—past woodpeckers darting in and out of pines, past pet owners and their stubby corgis, past the pack of guys fit enough to sing in harmony as they chug along—and half a mile later it spits you out next to Griffith Observatory. After stumbling along on shaking legs to the observatory’s Café at the End of the Universe, you’ll be rewarded with a stellar—and seated—view of the setting sun as you fortify yourself with old-school mac and cheese.