Hiking to the top burns calories and saves money

By Annette Vitkievicz

If someone tells you to take a hike, follow his or her
instructions for earthy budget-friendly fun.

Although Pomona is not known for its natural beauty, the city’s
central location makes it easy for students to exercise in an
economical way.

Walking up Cal Poly’s parking structure may feel like a hike
itself, but exploring areas outside the campus proves to be a
rewarding activity. Head to the Hollywood sign by foot in order to
experience one of the world’s most iconic tourist attractions.

Travel north on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles until the road
ends. Free parking at the trail’s entrance lets visitors pay the
sign a visit for free.

By keeping a steady pace, uphill trek can be completed in about
an hour. Follow the path until you are directly behind the
Hollywood sign.

Although a fence separates the sign from hikers and the stunning
panoramic views, take a photograph.

Located about five miles west of the sign is Runyon Canyon Park,
a sprawling 160-acre hiking haven.

The canyon is full of easy, laid-back walks and more challenging
journeys. Advanced trails are usually marked by signs and require
proper hiking shoes.

Budget-friendly Runyon Canyon Park is also dog-friendly to its
four-legged visitors. The park’s puppy-to-person ratio is equal, as
most hikers are accompanied by at least one furry friend.

Hike to Indian Rock, the canyon’s highest point, and admire the
city’s spectacular and scenic surroundings. While walking back
down, give star-gazing a try by spotting celebrities who frequently
walk the trails.

If you’re looking to stay local, head over to Cataract Falls in
San Dimas. Located near the 57 Freeway, the trail is popular with
city and neighboring residents.

Jump creeks, dodge rocks and follow the downhill path until you
reach a hidden waterfall. The pretty oasis brings peace from the
bustling activity above.

The Azusa Canyons provide a rugged backdrop for a hike through
the foothills.

Mt. San Antonio and the San Gabriel river surround the area,
which is also a popular destination for fishing and mountain
biking.

More experienced hikers can try trekking to the Bridge to
Nowhere, a 10-mile unmaintained trail, which involves stream
crossings, light rock climbing and acute navigation skills.

After arriving at the bridge, enjoy taking in the view and
watching bungee-jumpers get a closer look by leaping down.

For a quick hike between classes, walk up a trail behind
Building 1 and visit the “CPP” sign. Cal Poly’s landmark letters
are painted monthly by campus clubs. The short walk provides solace
from mid-quarter stress.

To find more local hikes, visit www.thishikingtrail.com.

Reach Annette Vitkievicz at:
lifestyle@thepolypost.com

Explore Hollywood without the expen$e

Explore Hollywood without the expen$e

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