|Placed Date||Sep 28 2009|
Boulevard of Dreams
Not far from the glamour and glitz of Hollywood Boulevard is a secret, peaceful place. Ironically, this secret place can be seen from very far away and it can be seen by many people. Fear not, however, you CAN escape the crowds. After a moderate hike, you will be graced by a spectacular view of a famous landmark.
Find the HOLLYRIDGE TRAIL in Hollywood – one way is to drive on Franklin Ave going east (accessible from the 101) and take a left onto North Beachwood Drive. Follow this road up the hill until you cannot drive any further. This road is narrow and is full of curves – please respect the residents in the area and drive slow. There are also several stop signs which can be easily missed – keep an eye out. Once you reach the end of this road, park your car to the right (there is a dirt area where most people park).
Start your hike at the Hollyridge Trail sign. After about two hundred feet or so, take a left at the “caution” sign. Follow this packed dirt trail, taking in the vistas of Los Angeles along the way. After a while, the trail naturally curves the right, but there is also a sharp switchback to the left. Take this left (just head toward that famous landmark). Follow this path until the dirt turns to pavement at a T intersection. Take a left onto the paved road and follow pavement around and up until you come upon two gates. These gates are usually locked – please observe the posted signs and respect the rules.
This is a nice photo opp, so bring your camera.
After enjoying the view of the famous landmark, return back the way you came and STOP at the water tank. If you pass pole number 739405H, you have gone too far. Stand at the break in the white “guard rail” facing the tank. Look to the right of a tree for a bush stump. The box is hidden near this stump.