Lake Balboa Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, CA. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This lake gets a fair amount of foot traffic but is relaxing to be by the water. The main photo shown for this lake is not in fact lake balboa. It is a nearby lake located st the Japanese Gardens in the Sepulveda dam basin area about a half mile east of lake balboa. The gardens lake walk is superb for relaxation and meditative meandering.
Beautiful lake area, a little crowded sometimes but there's lots of greenery, and you can rent bikes or paddle boats!
It's a nice park, plenty of paths to run on. My kids love it
Good scenery but too many people for my taste
A lot of ducks, geese, squirrels, and even a pair of swan. Nice easy hike, it was very peaceful.
This lake has some great perks: easy to walk, easy to get to, tons of parking, ducks in every part of the walk and super family friendly.
Overall I enjoyed the walk but there was limited shade, it was crowded (I went on a national holiday so most people had the day off), and it was a short walk.
I'm glad I got to enjoy a new place but I won't be coming back anytime soon.
Its a great trail for walking and running. There are a couple different paths around so you can always switch up
Love this park and biking here. Easy and family friendly!
My mom used to take me here all the time when I was a kid. Very pretty. You can rent paddle boats for the lake in the summer. Nice picnic spot. I think there are some jungle gyms too. Very spacious. Not the cleanest, cuz there are birds and geese everywhere, but I still like it.
Crowded, dirty, feels like a uglier version of echo park.. Don't go.. Ewwww
If Lake Balboa is the heart of the Sepulveda Basin parks then the Japanese Garden is the crown. Walking the Japanese Garden is not a trail per se but it can be a highlight of any track that runs by Woodley Park. Check their website closely for open hours and make sure that time is allotted for viewing this extraordinary landscape treat of ponds, paths, flora, koi, hardscape, and birds.
Lake Balboa is the centerpiece of a great network of trails for walkers, bikers, and jiggers alike. The air is clean, the paths flat, and the flora and fauna diverse. The birds are extraordinary and varied - ducks, (wild) geese, cranes, and egrets have found calm sanctuary around the man made lake.