Franklin Canyon Site Trail

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Franklin Canyon Site Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Beverly Hills, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles 160 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Sherman Oaks, CA: (Upper Franklin Canyon) Take Highway 101 / Ventura Freeway to Coldwater Canyon Avenue. Drive 2.5 miles south. At the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Franklin Canyon Drive (directly across from Coldwater Canyon Park), turn right onto Franklin Canyon Drive. Go half a mile and turn left at sign for Wm. O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom. Park in lot on left next to nature center. Note: to reach Lower Franklin Canyon, continue south on the reservoir road and Franklin Canyon Drive. Bear left on Lake Drive to reach parking areas.

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed it! The trails aren't marked very well, so not sure we did the exact Franklin Canyon trail, but had a nice hike nonetheless. It's not super crowded, and you can meander through the trails without really worrying about getting lost. The ducks and turtles at Heavenly Pond were cool to look at on the bench under the trees. They were very social so clearly they'd been fed before. Overall a great hike! I'd explore there again!

1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Hike is really easy, love the view of the lake and the animals that surround it such as Ducks, Turtles, and birds. Inside the lake you are also able to see fishes.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, short hike. Most should be able to do this, but there is a section with stairs. The lake is okay to look at, but the turtles and ducks are the stars of this hike (near the end by a park bench). Would do again, especially to revisit turtles or to take friends.

2 months ago

Just did one of trails today. Forgot to get the name. It faces the Beverly Hills side. Great views and it's easy. Interesting views today due to the brush fire. Clouds of smoke.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and easy trail. Beautiful scenery.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing!!! Lovely treasure hidden from the city. There are multiple trails. Be cautious we have seen rattle snakes and coyotes. Lots of picture opportunities. The lake has been used for many television shows over the years. Obey traffic signs - camera enforced stop signs. STOP tickets are $100
Great hike for all ages 3 to 103!

hiking
2 months ago

A lovely, uncrowned trail with an abundance of water life.

hiking
2 months ago

It was great! We took off trail hiking away from original trail. It was challenging but amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice but not perfect - didn't expect to be on the road those few times. Very few people which made it great for me and my pup.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and quiet trail to escape the noise of the city. Great views and good for getting up close with wildlife.

3 months ago

It was nice.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Nice place, could use more trails

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, a quick and quiet getaway.

5 months ago

If you miss nature living in the city- this place is the antidote.