The Griffith Observatory, one of the most renowned landmarks in Los Angeles, is entering its seventh month of closure. While this cultural gem of the city remains closed in the interest of public safety, the grounds aren’t. That’s right, you can still go up to this iconic structure and enjoy its gorgeous view of the city. Of course, even though it’s already October we in LA know that the temperatures aren’t dropping just yet. This means that hiking during the day, while traditional, might be a little too hot for some people. That is why we recommend something a little bit different.
Hike Up to the Griffith Observatory
As of today, the observatory itself is still closed to the public. However, general grounds and terraces aren’t. People are still invited to responsibly hike up to the landmark. While it might be too hot for such an upward hike to sound that pleasant, there are other alternatives. What we recommend is hiking in the late afternoon, preferably close to nighttime. This way, you can enjoy lower temperatures, as well as the beautiful sunset, on your way up. Once you are up in one of the terraces of the Griffith Observatory, watching over the city in the golden sunset light, you can relax for a bit. Then, if you are in no hurry, you can stick around and see the stars as nighttime sets in. What better way to spend the evening?
So, what does “responsibly” mean? Well, when hiking, you need to practice social distancing and wear a face covering at all times. Be sure not to gather in groups, especially if you are hiking with people from outside your household. In order to protect wildlife and the park staff, be sure to always pick up after yourself and keep the area clean. For more information on the Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, and hiking responsibly, head over to their website.