It was a nice cool morning (19C) and I was out early (around 8:30) so I decided to bike into the Hollywood hills a bit. Now, I'm not sure if that's the exact correct terminology for where I went, I think it's part of the Hollywood hills, but I find that each map names parts of town a bit differently and in slightly different areas, but I think the hills north of me, adjacent to Hollywood, are indeed part of the Hollywood hills.
Anyway, the name of the street I was on is Nichols Canyon Rd. It was a great route, except for being a relentless uphill. Not too steep a grade, just endless. I had to get off and walk a bit, and only went 2-3 km (I still bike in km here) up the road, and that was enough hill for one day, since it wasn't ending. On the map, I biked to just before where the "A" is, just before the hairpin turn there. You can see the road heads north from Hollywood Blvd.
Below are some photos of Nichols Canyon Road. Traffic wasn't bad on it, and it's not a heavily populated road since the hills are very steep there, it really felt like all of a sudden you were out in the country.
Aren't the azaleas at the side of the road beautiful? I'm pretty sure they're azaleas, and they are everywhere, blooming violently. It is definitely cool to see houseplants running loose in the landscaping of Los Angeles.
After turning around I biked west on Hollywood to where Laurel Canyon Blvd. starts, but didn't go up it at all today, plus it looks like a much busier route, it's a major street.