Franklin Canyon Site Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Beverly Hills, California 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.
dogs on leash
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.
eastern side was lovely. you would have no idea that this was anywhere near LA. the western side was a little plain but totally worth doing. make sure to keep referencing map with the eastern side as a lot of ways to go.
A better version of this hike would probably include parking outside gate or at intersection of Hillcrest and Franklin Canyon Drive and walking along the winding road that leads to the loop and has gorgeous canyon views.
The loop itself was pretty but not always well marked -- sometimes had to look at my phone to figure out how to get off the paved road and back on the trail. A little noise pollution from aircraft that seemed to be heading toward Burbank. Was nice but not great - useful for a short (under an hour) outing with dog.
Trail was lovely, originally went up the wrong one which I instantly knew wasn't this one cause it didn't have water and went straight up and was very exposed and dry. But luckily wasn't far from this trail so once we got here it was a nice scenic break. Lots of little animals in the introduction to the trail and lots of coverage, I'll definitely come here again. Only thing is it's not as difficult as I usually like my hikes to be, but if I want an easy hike this will be it.
Nice, peaceful, secluded, easy.
A very easy trail with a beautiful view of a lake and pretty secluded. There weren't many people around-it was so nice!
Easy hike, very besutiful.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Nice and easy trail. Beautiful scenery.
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!
A lovely, uncrowned trail with an abundance of water life.
It was great! We took off trail hiking away from original trail. It was challenging but amazing.
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.