Someone who is always in the “know” about the latest trends in fashion, music, social apps and just everything in general told me recently that working out is becoming a new trend. Perhaps, it has been a trend for a while by now. Living in LA though it seems very obvious. Even hiking has caught on like a venereal disease in the 70′s. It’s really in to go on hikes now. I remember getting workouts done with my cross country team in high school by running my butt off through all the trails in Griffith Park. Nowadays that’s glamorized and glorified on social media. Another thing about LA is that we go hiking but for some reason everybody hits the trail at Runyon Canyon… like if that was a real hike. One big uphill in the middle of trendy Hollywood and people are calling it one with nature. First off, that’s more like a walk in the park, literally. Also, there should might as well be a bouncer at the entrances, everyone is so dressed up for a “hike.” Because of all these reasons I decided to go on a hike ala LA chic.
In comparison to Runyon, you actually have to drive to nature. So I did what anyone else would do and photograph my friend not the amazing view behind me.
The thing I do love about LA is that if you drive 10 miles up any mountain it does start to get pretty naturery fast!
This is literally 5 minutes into the hike. I’m not really here to tell you how to hike this trail or how to find it… but if you must… take the 2 hwy towards the mountains and just when you think you’re getting lost wait for the signs that will lead you to Switzer Falls. It’s straight and make the correct right turn, easy!
I’ve always wonder who decided to make it a thing that you have to hike in work out clothes? I mean I much rather wear pants, if it’s not hot. Anyway, this is us staying on top of our selfie game.
I came across a lot of broken tree trunks… not sure if they were broken due to fires, lightning or whatever. They did look pretty sick though.
What I would call the midpoint of the hike towards the actual waterfall. You climb up from the canyon and encounter this epic view, not sure if this photo does it justice.
When you climb down you end up at a creek. Make a left and you get to the waterfall, make a right and you continue on to the canyon and more nature stuff. We made a right and it got pretty lonely. Well, what we thought was lonely because we did walk in on a couple who I guess also thought it was a lonely trail and they were about to get it on.
I’m sure the draught has something to do with how low the water level is on creek. This is a photo of it.
Eventually we were getting really deep into the canyon and for a while we were not seeing anymore hikers. It must’ve 3pm by then and we were getting hungry. There is difference between courage and stupidity. We only had three water bottles and NO food. We were hiking on an empty stomach so we did the right thing and headed back.
The hike back was really more of a run back and just trying to get to the car as fastest possible without any stops. The day had cleared up a bit and on the way back down the mountain. I could see other mountains in the distance with clouds all over them.
I wasn’t driving so I took the opportunity for a classic selfie in the passenger sit.
We did had a proper camera and there was a lot of footage that really wasn’t going anywhere… But here’s a quick minute montage of it.