There is a magical hike that I love at Griffith Park.
On this hike I have seen a variety of animals. There are thousands of birds, including hummingbirds, woodpeckers, doves, ravens, kinglets, parakeets and more. While taking this hike at sunset, I once saw a bobcat on the trail. It was an electric moment, and the bobcat split just a few seconds after being noticed. I have seen majestic hawks, coyotes and snakes on this trail.
BUT... the most magical thing you can see at a certain elevation is...
Not exactly what you would expect to see on a hike in Los Angeles, but this special hike is a stone's throw from the LA Zoo's elephant habitat.
Seeing these beautiful creatures in action is always a treat, and this morning I happened to have my camera with me!
It is the most fantastic sight I've seen on a hike, and I've run into a bobcat, seen a mountain lion's fresh footprint in the mud and hiked to several waterfalls. The elephant sighting gets me every time!
When I go on a hike to Amir's Garden, I like to bring a book with me to sit and reflect when I'm at the peak. This time around I brought "You Are Wild," a book by Jessica Snow that is filled with awesome meditations to reflect on while outdoors. I read the "Mountain" meditation while in the midst of Amir's Garden and reflected on the message of standing tall and feeling your connection to the earth and the sky. This gorgeous, locally-sourced book is available in the shop.
Click the photo to see "You Are Wild"!