I hate going to the gym, and I despise getting on the treadmill. In our previous life we lived in cold weather climates and there really wasn't much of a choice in the matter. Here in L.A., however, the weather is lovely year round, so you can enjoy the great outdoors whether it's January or June.
There's no shortage of hiking trails here, and as I tremendously enjoy walking & hiking, I try to take advantage of them as often as possible. Here in Eagle Rock, we're blessed to have access to the Eagle Rock Canyon trail, which starts at the base of the Eagle Rock, and ends at the top of the Northeastern most high point in the city of Los Angeles.
In the daytime, the trail is great exercise and/or a great place to walk your dog. However, at sunset, the experience is just incredible. The sky turns shades of peach and orange - then finally, pink and purple, totally overshadowing the normally distracting 134 freeway below.
The city comes alive again in tiny twinkling lights, with views of downtown to the left, Century City off in the distance and Griffith Park, The Observatory & the back of the Hollywood sign straight ahead. Even the 134 freeway becomes eye candy, with the sea of taillights becoming like sparkling Christmas lights.
The trail is maintained by a group of tireless volunteers at CERB so that people like you & I can access and hike the trail as we please - whether that be at sunrise, sunset, or even midday.
CERB hosts a variety of fundraisers to help in the maintence of this public trail. This year, I'm honored to announce that they'll be auctioning off one of my prints from the top of the Eagle Rock Canyon Trail. Proceeds will go to support the maintenance of the trail, as well as keeping it open to the public. If you're local to L.A. please come out and support our local trail. If you're just a fan of preserving wild, open land for public recreation, you can help by donating here.