Night Hike at Griffith Park – My Old Stomping Grounds

“I lied and said I was busy. But not in a way most people understand. I was busy taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming a racing heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay.” – B. Oakman

Have you ever hiked at night? Don’t you love the company of the mountain lions (from afar), night sky, and city lights once you’ve reached the peak? I have to admit most of the time I prefer hiking solo or with one other person. If you’ve been following my blog I don’t really like big groups. However, night hikes are different for me. For safety reasons, I’d rather be with a group.

Griffith Park is an amazing oasis in Los Angeles. When I used to live in LA, I would hike the trails or go cycling all the way to the top a couple of times a month. However, since I’ve moved I haven’t had the chance to hike it in the last few years. I decided to join a group and visit my old stomping ground. I won’t deny it brought back good memories.

During Halloween, they have the famous Haunted Hayride attraction. The hiking path we took led us to a bird’s eye view of the attraction as well as hearing loud screams of the people being chased by fake monsters and zombies. I mean there’s nothing more comforting than hearing screams while on a night hike right? (Pun obviously intended) It sure made the hike a lot more entertaining.

As soon as we went further along the trail I’ve seriously forgotten how difficult this trail could be once you go off the beaten path. I was completely winded halfway up. I totally blame it on lazily lounging on the beach (or at home) instead of hiking and keeping fit the entire summer. Hiking is definitely not like riding a bike. So I stopped, took a deep breath (and a picture), and watch them walk uphill as seen from the photo below.

But I pushed myself and I did NOT regret it once I saw the view. Yes, I am a complete sucker for a breathtaking view (and a man with a 6 pack) but I’m straying from the topic. How could I have possibly forgotten why Griffith Park will always be worth every single sweat, leg cramping, and painful muscles after each hike?ย  Once again, I’ll let the pictures show what I’m unable to describe in words.ย  From afar, you’ll see the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theater (where great concerts happen) as well as LA city lights.

What’s up LA? ๐Ÿ™‚

Tips for a night hike:

1. It gets cooler once you reach higher elevation wear layers and bring a sweater.
2. Always bring food and water, the amount varies on the level of difficulty and distance for the hike.
3. Bring a headlamp. You want to keep your hands free while hiking especially on steep inclines.ย  I highly recommend this headlamp from Amazon.
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4. If you’re going on tougher hikes, make sure you have decent hiking shoes. Please see link below.

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5. Don’t hike alone at night and always let someone know where you’re hiking.

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102 Comments Add yours

  1. doubtpuppet says:

    Who would even think of doing a night hike. Great idea – there of all places.
    So I guess that is the observatory that features in Rebel Without a Cause. “You’re tearing me apaaaaart!”

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, same one! Yeah you see Griffith Observatory, view of Downtown LA, and the Greek Theater as well…pretty fun night hike ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. doubtpuppet says:

        Ah – such icons. If I was in LA I’d do it for sure. The US has such a vast array of incredible natural and unnatural things to see. It’s so good you get out and see them. I have been poor on this front here in the UK. I have a million great excuses though.

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      2. Bel says:

        I have to – itโ€™s the only way Iโ€™d survive in this world. Being exposed to natural wonders – nature itself grounds me. I hope you get to explore on your end. I would love to stay in the UK and explore as well. Maybe someday…

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      3. doubtpuppet says:

        Well theres not much worth seeing round here but further a field there’s still some nicer parts, like the Lake District and Peak district and Cotswolds and Cornwall. Wales has some lovely parts too. Youll have to be quick thought cos theyre fixing to build houses and shops all over it ASAP!
        I think its very cool you discipline yourself to go and do these things.

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  2. hearmorefromgod says:

    read several. Love your photos. What a talent! May God answer all your prayers Apple or potato. God bless you. Laura z

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. realmaven18 says:

    Reblogged this on insiderLAS and commented:
    Nice writing…..

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks for the reblog!

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  4. My old stomping grounds. too. Grew up near here. My most vivid memory–going to catch polywogs, hoping to have baby toads. This was many, many years ago.

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    1. Bel says:

      Griffith Park is such a nice place that holds awesome memories for people like us who used to live close by ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Firelands says:

    As a fellow hiker, I’m glad to have found your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Bel says:

      Itโ€™s nice to find fellow bloggers who love to hike. Thank you for taking time to read my blog.๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. Oh, I LOVE this! Thank you!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you for taking time to read it! Glad you liked it ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Like

  7. Anand Bose says:

    Very interesting travelogue. Anand Bose from Kerala

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you Anand Bose! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Bel says:

      Merry Christmas!

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  8. I find something relaxing when taking a night hike, it’s a different kind of experience than the one you get during daylight. Griffith Park sounds like an incredible place to try though. Those are some good valid tips, safety is everything when hiking in darkness.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yeah, itโ€™s really peaceful and you have the moon and stars to keep you company. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. Yes i have hiked in the night and it is very scary in india to hike as compare to your country.

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    1. Bel says:

      I havenโ€™t been to India. I heard there are many beautiful places to see there. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Yes that is true. It is very beautiful. I am from himachal pradesh which is part of himalayas.

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      2. Bel says:

        Trekking the Himalayas is on my bucket list. I would love to see it one day!

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  10. Great atmosphere, wonderful citation, and an an inspiring idea to take night walk, hope you are safe from the fires!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Yes, so far I am(safe from the fires) unless the wind blows my direction.

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  11. neilirving says:

    Love night hikes, been years since I’ve done one

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, itโ€™s always fun to hike at night! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  12. Kaayaman says:

    Watching the city light from a vantage point – my weakness too. I imagine how there is a story in every lighted window! Once I watched Istanbul spread out below me from a flight. Thanks for a glimpse of LA ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Bel says:

      Exactly. Interesting stories for sure. Glad you liked it ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Like

  13. InkingPen says:

    Email or whatsapp?

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  14. mitchteemley says:

    Ah, memories–I used to live in Burbank right nearby. Also loved going up to Mt. Wilson once a month.

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    1. Bel says:

      Burbank/Glendale area has great hiking spots as well. Glad it brought back good memories ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. Nicola Patel says:

    I love the photo’s! Great article.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you!๐Ÿ˜Š

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  16. Couldn’t read beyond โ€œI lied and said I was busy. But not in a way most people understand. I was busy taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming a racing heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay.โ€
    You have a new follower ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š Glad you liked it!

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  17. One of my favorite places to visit whenever I visited Los Angeles, though never at night. Fifty years ago I could see the ocean from the top view and then over the years the smog blocked the view of the ocean. Drove up a few years ago on a weekday evening and could not find a place to park. You are wise to hike with a group.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. Yes, the night sky isn’t as clear and it has been a lot busier than before…this is why I don’t frequent it as much as I used to.

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  18. monkpeabody says:

    NIce post I have fond memories of the place from a trip with my oldest daughter a few years ago, we stayed past dusk and it was beautiful.

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    1. Bel says:

      Absolutely gorgeous views! Glad you had great memories in Griffith Park with your daughter. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  19. Bhavana says:

    Stunning pics Bel…night hike sounds so adventurous . Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks! Glad you liked it. Night hike is always fun ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  20. mskennisha says:

    This is super awesome! I love hiking, but never tried it at night. I only ended up walking down a mountain side during dusk and I was almost running all the way down because I heard a strange noise (city girl). Lol. Iโ€™ll consider this in the future, for sure!

    -MK

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi MK! You definitely should try night hiking but go with at least 2 or more people so that itโ€™s fun and not as scary! ๐Ÿ˜Š Let me know when you do. Would love to hear or read about it

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      1. mskennisha says:

        Absolutely! I canโ€™t wait to read more of your blog. Thanks for replying! ๐ŸŒธ

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  21. Lovely photographs and writing Bel. Especially the haunted hayride. What kind of camera equipment do you use? Keep working toward living the dream.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you so much! Trying my best to live the dream. For this one in particular, I just used my iphone. During my out of town trips, I have a handy point and shoot and a Sony compact SLR. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  22. Pazlo says:

    Another exclamation about great night photos!

    I went on a Snow Moon hike at night (February, of course).
    Snowshoeing under a full moon.
    Breathtaking.
    You must try it.

    Seek peace,

    Paz

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks! I love hiking at night. Itโ€™s just so peaceful and chill .๐Ÿ˜Š

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  23. karmadoc says:

    I’ve never hiked there (I live in Oregon), but on my next trip to LA I will give it a try.

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    1. Bel says:

      Let me know if you need other hiking spots I could suggest some more ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. karmadoc says:

        Thanks for the offer.

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  24. Lovely post! Iโ€™ve only ever been hiking once but I do enjoy walking a lot. Sometimes itโ€™s nice to just get away so you have time to breathe. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Bel says:

      True. I find nature very soothing especially during stressful moments. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  25. Hi shouldn’t you always bring your phone as well. There are some new apps that can pinpoint where you are if get lost or injured. sorry I can’t remember their names I heard it on a radio show called Kim Commando last week. ( I was printing so my mind was divided..so I didn’t catch everything.) love your pictures. The lights remind me of an oasis of light.

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    1. Bel says:

      Lol! I figured that was a given since everyone is attached to their phone nowadays. ๐Ÿ˜Š Yeah there are definitely a lot of apps you can use that will help you during hiking. Thank you for your comment ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. But you wouldn’t believe how many times we’ve run into problems and ” the phone is not juiced” or is dying so I’d say also some kind of solar attachment to rejuice it …do they exist? Im also always surprised how so many people get lost or hurt and no one really knows where they are. That young couple in California just died …it unfortunately happens.

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      2. Bel says:

        Yeah a portable charger. I have one and it charges the phone to 100%! The problem is, unfortunately, there are places where you donโ€™t have a signal at all. I experienced that during my hikes in some of the National Parks. Iโ€™ve seen some solar powered charges but I havenโ€™t tried it. Iโ€™ll probably write something about it in the near future on what to do if you ever get lost during hiking….

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      3. I think that’s a great idea. Also what to really carry with you in your back pack…I’m always surprised no one thinks of a light blanket or matches extra water.energy bars etc…even flares..

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      4. Bel says:

        I kind of do it in bits and pieces on one of my previous blogs I tackled different kinds of fire starters during camping (but it is also important during hiking). But I am totally on board with what you said and will put it in detail. A lot of people get lost, hurt or even die during a simple hike (some from a snake bite)…Better to be prepared than not! Thanks for the suggestions ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      5. I forgot about the snakes …here we have rattlesnakes..and ticks that carry Lyme disease. So clothes, and shoes are important.

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  26. Great images Bel, and looks like you selected a great destination/group to night hike with.
    I’m a fan of night hiking as well, particularly when the day-weather is sweltering. Sounds and smells are amplified. And I feel more in tune with my body. Love it.
    Thanks for bringing us along on the virtual hike.

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    1. Bel says:

      Lol! I just canโ€™t stand the heat. So glad itโ€™s fall now and the weather makes it way better to do the usual hikes during the day. I have to get back in shape with the next series of adventures. Glad to hear from you and hoping to start reading more of your own adventures as well from the long hiking break you took. So jealous! Wish I could just disappear and hike for months….๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. hehehe I’ll be happy to share my secret to successfully disappearing for months at a time… if you show ME how to become an Uber-successful blogger like urself!

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      2. Bel says:

        Lol! Iโ€™m not successful yet – I hope to be soon so I donโ€™t have to work a single day in an office. The unattainable dream! At least you get to live part of the dream by going off on your own to parts unknown. I think you should totally have a youtube video where you have a gopro or something…Itโ€™s kind of Anthony Bourdain style but not with food but outdoor adventures. That would be so cool!

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      3. hehehe I love the kitchen confidential! In another few years, I may be able to pull off the weathered survivor look. But for now… I’m afraid I look too much like a neglected teddy bear after a few weeks in the woods to subject others to video ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      4. Bel says:

        Thatโ€™s what makes it real – you know relatable? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  27. yoyoyoshioka says:

    Osum photography ! ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  28. I am a huge fan of night hiking! Completely different experience than daytime hikes. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yeah, Iโ€™m a sucker for annamazng view of city lights and the night sky. Thanks so much for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  29. Awesome pictures. I lived in Calif for years and the one thing I am going to check out is Griffith Park observatory! looking forward to reading more of your blog!!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Iโ€™m glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  30. Oh, wow!! The photos overlooking the city are beautiful! My kind of view ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Bel says:

      Amazing isnโ€™t it? Makes the hike really worth it ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  31. ariscott says:

    I lived in Los Feliz for a year and a half and used to hike in Griffith a couple times a week, doing a 6-mile hike every week. I really miss that part of living in LA.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yeah itโ€™s a really beautiful area with different levels of hiking. However, it does tend to be overcrowded and now has lots of traffic! ๐Ÿ˜•

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  32. Iโ€™ve never gone on a night hike, but it looks intriguing. Definitely something to do with a group and a headlamp! Love the photos, Bel, especially the silhouettes of people against the night sky or the city lights โ€“ they have an alien feel to them. Beautiful

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    1. Bel says:

      You definitely should go for a night hike! Itโ€™s so much fun and the weather is cooler so it helps when youโ€™re going uphill ๐Ÿ˜Š Yeah! I love the silhouettes as well – too bad the LA sky is not as clear as they should be so the stars arenโ€™t as visible like the ones in Northern Cali ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. I’d be scared of the cougars around here, and Sasquatch.

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      2. Bel says:

        Lol! True! I try not to think about it when Iโ€™m hiking ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  33. larada2014 says:

    I had a memorable night hike as a child above our small country town on a mesa. We were sure we saw a UFO landed in the valley to the west of us. It was thrilling and scary at the same time. It was during the late 60’s and a time when there were a lot of cattle mutilations going on in southeastern Colorado.

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    1. Bel says:

      Itโ€™s quite an adventure. You have no idea what lurks behind the trees or bushes or like in your case, a UFO sighting. I always feel like we are never really alone in this universe anyway.

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  34. Totally with you on the 6 pack…

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    1. Bel says:

      Lol! Iโ€™m not even asking for 8 ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  35. T. R. Noble says:

    Sounds like a lovely trip!

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    1. Bel says:

      It was definitely a tough but rewarding hike! Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  36. Excellent photos. Reblogged on davidbruceblog.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks for the reblog ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  37. Like you Bel, I love to hike solo or in small groups to appreciate the beauty, quiet, and peace of nature. I’m glad you had the chance to visit trails that inspire you.

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    1. Bel says:

      Iโ€™m also the stop and stare at the view kind of person – which means Iโ€™m a slow hiker. Most of the time people are in such a hurry to get to the top ๐Ÿ˜Š Nature is such a powerful healer. Thanks, Brad!

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      1. Agreed Bel. Happy Trails! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  38. Wow! Beautiful pictures. I simply enjoyed reading this one

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you Nikesh! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. You’re most welcome

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