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Normally you wouldn’t start a hike at dusk. And there’s usually not a DJ taking requests at your favorite trailhead. But a late start and serenading are part of the action on a full-moon hike with TreePeople. Dedicated to urban forestation and conservation in LA, this non-profit organization brings people and trees together on a night journey through the ridgetop woodlands in the mountains straddling Beverly Hills and Century City. Savor the evening on a 45-minute, 2-mile (round-trip) hike that goes into the night, and nature. Start on the Betty B. Dearing Trail, a wide fireroad, and head east on a ridge into Wilacre Park. As sunlight fades, street lights illuminate the city below creating a view across the San Fernando Valley that looks like 20th Century Fox’s nightscape logo. As the sky turns black, double back over the ridge on a narrow trail that’s briefly steep but manageable. The glowing moon casts faint hues over the dark mountains, and a cool breeze rustles the shadowy trees as the lights of urban life disappear below. Like barking at the moon? You’re in good company. Join in on a celebratory group howl at the top of the ridge. Howling good time!

Register for a full moon hike in advance by emailing fullmoon@treepeople.org. There are three 45-minute options for the full-moon hike: kids’ hike, one-mile hike, or two-mile hike. The cost is $5 per person for non-members of TreePeople. Check in at the TreePeople Center for Community Forestry at 12601 Mulholland Dr. at the top of Coldwater Canyon Dr. in Coldwater Canyon Park. No dogs. 

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