Posted July 5, 2017

Ultimate Outdoor Guide to LA’s Hollywood Hills

Destinations

While the siren song of LA’s star-filled attractions can’t be ignored, we promise there’s more to this neighborhood than glitz and glam.

The Hollywood Hills, located in the Kimpton Everly Hotel’s backyard, are full of opportunities to soak up SoCal’s natural beauty. In fact, the hotel even created a pithy little guide. Here are a few highlights.

The views on the way up to the ‘Hollywood’ sign. (Photo credit: @MyRadioNerd)

Sunny Hikes and Star Parties

  • The iconic Hollywood Sign was originally built as a temporary billboard promoting a real estate development. Now more than 90 years later, you can get your close-up of this 43-foot landmark thanks to several hiking paths ranging from easy to difficult. The longest hike takes you above and behind the sign to enjoy a stunning panorama of the cityscape below.
  • The Hollywood Sign is perched inside Griffith Park, the largest city park in the U.S. that has a wilderness area. Hike 53 miles of trails through rugged hills while exploring hidden places, including remnants of the old LA Zoo, now totally overgrown and unmarked — a pretty cool discovery for those who can find it.

Clock in steps on your way to the Griffith Observatory.

  • Also within Griffith Park is the Griffith Observatory, which inspired the planetarium scene in the smash hit “La La Land.” When evening skies are clear, peer through public telescopes and attend a free “star party” once a month.
  • For a quick run on flat terrain, the Hollywood Reservoir is your destination. On this trail you can walk across the Mulholland Dam while enjoying a picturesque snapshot of the Hollywood Sign. It’s also less crowded than other trails.

Snap a classic reflection shot along the Hollywood Reservoir.

  • It’s no secret that the three-mile loop in Runyon Canyon is a popular place to spot celebs — and their dogs, thanks to on-leash and off-leash trails. The reservoir hosts daily yoga classes when you’re in a down-dog mood.
  • Climbing up the rustic and very steep Beachwood Canyon Stairs, you’ll be walking by charming historic neighborhoods (residents once included Bela Lugosi and Humphrey Bogart) and sweeping views of Downtown LA.

Al Fresco Movies and Music

Let’s switch gears to some outdoor amusement that’s a little more relaxing.

  • LA is fast becoming known for its outdoor movies, and two venues are within walking distance of the Everly. Bring a picnic dinner to the grassy lawn inside Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Cinespia hosts outdoor films ranging from “Wayne’s World” to “The Wizard of Oz.”

Grab your besties for a movie night out. (Photo credit: Kelly Lee Barrett for Cinespia)

  • For an elevated cinematic experience, catch a flick at Rooftop Cinema Club, located atop the Ricardo Montalban It’s a one-of-a-kind experience with wireless headphones, comfortable deck chairs and rooftop views.
  • A beautiful amphitheater carved into the hillside of the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Bowl has been treating guests to performances by known and emerging artists for over 100 years. You can even catch a morning rehearsal of the LA Philharmonic on Tuesdays and Thursdays — for free.

Home From the Hills

After a full day and night exploring the Hollywood Hills, relive your favorite moments at the Everly’s 5th-floor pool oasis, cocktail in hand. Cheers to LA’s open-air allure.

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