Friday, May 3, 2013

Photo Essay: The View Above the 405

We drivers in LA love to talk about "driving over the hill," but how often do we get out of our cars and actually go hiking in those hills?



After visiting The Getty Center, I took the opportunity to bring Edith into the hills across the 405 Freeway, to gain a little elevation and look down upon The Getty itself as well as the rush hour cars crawling their way up over the hill into the Valley, while we let the sinking sun's golden rays washed over our sweating faces.



I always marvel at how high you can get, so quickly.



It's late in the season for wildflowers, though we saw a few...



...and the hills still retained their green hue, not having turned themselves over to their summer brown yet...



...though still bearing the scars of a brush fire from Fall 2012.



Those cars down there don't know what's up here.



The trail winds around, all the while keeping the 405 and The Getty in view...



...past a few more wildflowers...



...through Getty View Park. The normal approach to this park - and its overlook, marked by a shady tree - is closed due to 405 construction...



...but you can still get to it from Sepulveda Fire Road, a wide, dusty path.



We encountered one tiny kingsnake (I think) along the way, during one shady portion as Hoag Canyon opened up to our right...



...but otherwise the hike was bright and sunny, ending at a fenced-off private property...



...signaling us to turn around and go back the way we came.



Whenever I drive over the hill - along the 405, the 5, Laurel Canyon, the 101 or Cahuenga - I always look up at that which rises above me, wondering, "What's up there?"

Getty View is just a small taste of it.

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