The Best Place to Watch the Sun Rise in Los Angeles

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There are few things that will get me out of bed before the sunrises, but the breathtaking view from a top Griffith Park in Los Angeles is definitely one of them.
Griffith Park is located on Los Feliz Boulevard.  It is the 2nd largest city park in California and brings a much needed touch of nature to the Los Angeles area.  Not only is the hiking there great to watch the beautiful sunset, but the park has other attractions to enjoy such as the Greek Theater, and LA Zoo, Mt. Lee the home of the Holly wood sign.

To hike to watch the sunrise on the parks west entrance at Ferndale Nature Center you must arrive bright and early.  The hike is quite enjoyable as it is enclosed under gigantic sycamores and winds along a small brook.  It is impressive how quickly you can remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city, and be greeted by the beauty and silence of nature.  Needless to say, this hike t is an invigorating way to start your day.

Along the hike you are able to see an impressive views of Los Angles, ones you’ve not yet seen if you have not made this hike.  The hike takes approximately 45 minutes each way, so pack your water and some light snacks to recharge once you reach the top.  Even though the hike is 1.5 hours in total the incline of the trail is gradual so it is accessible to those who are not avid hikers.

When you make it to the top of the trail at Griffith Observatory go around the back to the viewing deck where you can enjoy a full circle view of Hollywood.  Watching the sun rise means getting up early, but I assure you the view is worth the trek and early morning start!

Griffith Park is easily accessible to surrounding neighborhoods such as Los Feliz, Franklin Village, Atwater Village, Glendale, and Hollywood.