“Hitch Hiking” #1! The Spectacular View Above Malibu! Hiking! Hitchcock! Walking Then Watching “To Catch A Thief!”

Talk About A Hike With A View!

In the distance is Malibu, Santa Monica, and of course the incredible Pacific Ocean – a hike that my wife Alex and I have taken many times…and it’s always worth a photo…whether you are looking to the west, or to the east, where downtown Los Angeles beckons in the morning fog…

Let’s Go “Hitch Hiking!”

My wife Alex came up with the title “Hitch Hiking” – our plan: share a great hike we’ve gone on, along with an appropriate Alfred Hitchcock movie…a “Hitch hike”….and our first one to share is from Los Angeles – more specifically, from an incredible state park that is located just off the famous Sunset Boulevard….

Welcome To Will Rogers State Park!

Located just a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, just north of Sunset Boulevard, Will Rogers state park was donated to the state by the entertainer’s wife after his death in a plane crash in 1935.

When you arrive there are rolling lawns and a huge and active polo field…but we were headed up, toward Southern California’s uniquely wild backbone!

Welcome To The Backbone Of The Santa Monica Mountains!

Yes, this “backbone” runs almost seventy miles, from Point Mugu State Park north of Malibu directly to Will Rogers State Historic Park overlooking the entire west side of Los Angeles.

It’s easy to get to, park, and explore…as you can see, there are broad trails that lead up into the mountains, surrounded here by Eucalyptus trees…

There is a moderate 2-mile loop to and from Inspiration Point, which provides you with this view of the entire west side of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu and more.

There are countless trails that you can follow, as that map shows…just know that the closer you get to the wild, the closer the wild gets to you…

There have been sightings, but if you stay on the main trails, you are much more likely to run into a group of horseback riders…and yes, horses have the right of way.

So do the cactus.

As you climb higher, you begin to see everything around you – to the east, you have spectacular views of downtown Los Angeles – with a home in the foreground that also has that view…

The trail continues higher and higher, and you see incredible views of the Pacific Ocean to the west – and after an hour, you reach a wooden bridge that spans a steep gully in the mountainside…a perfect time to celebrate!

Yes, nothing better than crossing the bridge and doing a “Rocky” jump to celebrate!

We love going this far up the trail, and once you are across the bridge, there is a very steep and narrow trail, with a railing, that takes you to an overview that has been turned into a shrine…

The higher you climb, the more spectacular the view becomes in all directions: a mix of mountain shrubs and incredible ocean views – a view that even the wildlife enjoy…

We finally stopped, spent time just soaking in the view, then headed back down – and yes, you get the incredible view as your guide…

Now, From “Hike” To “Hitch!”

With this aggressive four hour hike behind us, it was time to regroup at home for the second part of the day: a classic Hitchcock film!

To Catch a Thief is the 1955 romantic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and stars Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar who has to save his reformed reputation by catching an imposter preying on the wealthy tourists of the French Riviera. Grace Kelly also stars – and it was her final film with Hitchcock.

Check out the trailer:

Here is what inspired us to watch it: the incredibly beautiful French Riviera, which is shown in a great driving scene with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly…never mind that every dialogue scene was clearly shot in a studio on green screen, the exterior shots offer up a Riviera that reminds us of the view from Will Rogers!

So there you go: a great “hitch hike” – and more to come!

Categories: Action Films, Art, Books / Media, British Cinema, Cult Movies, Exotic Travel, Great Films, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Memoirs, Movies, Sports, Talent/Celebrities, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

15 replies

  1. Looks like an awesome place to hike.

  2. Cool post, John. A fit pairing.

  3. A nice looking hike indeed, John, though the view over L.A. shows the high levels of pollution all too well.
    I think I would sooner take the hike than see the film. You know me and Hitch! πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Great pics. Love the movie choice too

  5. Wow, looks like a great hike with quite a view! Just watch out for the cougars!


  1. “Hitch Hiking” #2! “The Birds” At Bodega Bay! California’s Amazing Coastline! A Series Of Great Hikes + Alfred Hitchcock’s Best Movies! – johnrieber
  2. “Hitch Hiking” #3! Yountville California! Napa Valley’s Gorgeous Wine Country! Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic “North By Northwest!” – johnrieber
  3. “Hitch Hiking” #4! A 196 Block Hike Through New York’s Central Park! Peering Through Hitchcock’s “Rear Window!” – johnrieber
  4. “Hitch Hiking” #5! We Climb San Francisco’s Legendary Coit Tower! Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”! – johnrieber
  5. A Historical Urban Hike Through London! My “Hitch Hiking” Series #6! Alfred Hitchcock’s Thames River Swim To Promote The Provocative “Frenzy”! – johnrieber
  6. “Hitch” Hiking #7! Arizona’s “Papago Park”! Hitchcock’s “Strangers On A Train!” – johnrieber
  7. “Hitch Hiking!” Here Are 8 Great Hikes! 8 Classic Alfred Hitchcock Thrillers! – johnrieber

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Captain's Quarters

Exploring sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult novels.

Roberta Writes

How you see life depends on how you look at things

Thirsty Journeys

Quenching your thirst for travel

Robbie Cheadle

Books | Poems | Reviews

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Just muddling through life

The ups and downs of a working mum

Self-Inflicted Drama

Stories of wanderlust, adventure and occasional disaster.

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Urban Suburban Girl

(adj.) cul – de – sac couture

You can always start now

exploring possibilities

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Tina's Timeless Travels

Travel through the eyes of Tina

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

The Planking Traveler

Affordable Travel, Enjoyable Movement, And Healthy Living Inspiration

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Pages, Places, & Plates

Reviews of books, eateries, experiences, and travel.

Binging on a Budget

"Help Me, I'm Poor."

Sunshine with Savannah

Writer aiming to cultivate kindness. | Exploring, learning, scribbling, finding sunshine wherever I go.

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

A Rambling Reviewer

Here be rambles and reviews.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Wrangling literary arts for writers: words for people!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Colline's Blog

A potpourri of books and things

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

From Michigan to Germany

A family from Michigan living abroad in Germany.


The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.


Little Things Make Us Happy

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!


The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

The Bloomin Brilliant Blog

A Little Piece Of My Life

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

Esme Salon

Share, Care & Inspire

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Come for Adventure. Stay for the Ride!

%d bloggers like this: