Trek Through Some Rad L.A. Landscapes with Amanda Loos
“I’m constantly inspired by the California spirit and vibe—endless summers and bright colors twelve months of the year,” says Kyyote’s chillaxed jewelry designer, Amanda Loos, who spent her teen years in La Crescenta and has since hopscotched around L.A. “I lived downtown in the Arts District in three different lofts,” she says. “My first next-door neighbor there was actually George Herms. Google him.” Now, she’s gone all one-with-nature, settling down in the San Fernando Valley. Check out the awe-inspiring spots that are basically in her backyard.
“The Deukmejian Wilderness Park is such a gorgeous place—you really get a sense of the true California desert landscape here, and there are some really scenic hiking trails. A small snake was sunning itself on the trail as I walked up. This park is three blocks from my parents’ house. They’ve done so much to restore it in the last few years.”
“On my drive from Haines Canyon to Deukmejian Park, I ran into a few adorable little neighbors and had to pull over. There were seven little baby deer that were walking across the road. I’ve also had mountain lion sightings and tons of coyotes—kyyotes!”
“Descanso Gardens is another oasis nestled into the mountains in our foothill community. In contrast to Deukmjian, this garden definitely feels more like a true forest, albeit a dry, desert forest. I love bringing my lunch and walking amidst the beautiful Coast Live Oak trees—some of them over a hundred years old.”