Mission Point/ The Three Trees is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Los Angeles, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I took this hike today, as an early evening hike, my first time up it. The climb is a steady wind up around the switchbacks, a constant incline of varying steepness, on a comfortably wide dirt walk, with a steeper, yet much shorter option, cutting through it. The workout is great either way, the easiest path being for all skill levels and anyone whose knees could handle it. It continues a little further once you hit the peak, Mission Point, following a gas companies fence. Theres an out cropping of paths to take, including connection to O'Melveny park, though this peak is much higher.
A bench is located in a nice spot shaded with trees, a rare respite from the sunlight if hiking earlier in the day, it was near dark during my visit. To my surprise, there was a seemingly crazy possibly homeless man talking to himself while camped at the bench, eating a melon and rambling. I also encountered fours others on this trail, all apparently normal people just there for recreation. A man was biking it and that looked tough and fun, yet doable, so I could recommend that activity for this trail as well.
Parking is available at the end on the street in a cul-de-sac, and there is immediate access to the trail there.
Paved with a great view.. the incline is the best!
Almost made it to top but ran out if time. it was taking me longer to get to the top because of the constant uphill which I enjoyed but had to stop frequently since it was warm and there wasn't much shade but will do the trip again because I want to get to the top!
Went up 16/August/16 and loved it. We saw a coyote on our way down, pretty close to the end. We also took the harder route, which is no joke. You can get all the exercise you can handle on this trail. Good times, great valley views.
Pretty sunny and open, definitely bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. ;)
Grotto trail never disappoints
This was my very first hike I was introduced to when I was little. My godfather took me here and we made it to the top. There's a simple trail to follow or you can also cut through some portions (just beware of snakes). The last bit of the hike can be a climb but is fun. I also believe there's an easier path to take but I find those boring.
As some of the other reviewers have indicated, the trails into the Santa Susana Mountains originating from O'Melveny Park provide options for hikers of all levels. Make sure you do some research prior to picking your trail. I made the mistake of selecting an offshoot on the western end, which dead ended. You'll know you are on this offshoot, when the path narrows and you have wildflowers on both sides. There isn't much visibility, as I found out the hard way after walking past an adult rattlesnake. First experience with one and the rattle was very alarming and threatening. Luckily, it was an uneventful encounter.
I chose the Grotto Trail to access the apex. This trail is shorter, but steeper than the O'Melveny Trail which is wider and has a number of switchbacks. Some of the grades on the Grotto are very challenging to traverse and the traction in some sections is non existent. It is a quad, groin, and calf burning exercise.
If you are walking with dogs or prefer a more leisurely pace, the O'Melveny Trail up and down is the better choice. The trailhead begins at the end of the Park's picnic area and offers views of a stream which was quite dry as we are still in the middle of a drought in LA.
Regardless of the trail you select, both converge to the "Three Trees". The western most tree has a box with old notes, messages, etc. from fellow hikers. It is not as robust as the one found on the Wisdom Tree hike, but is still a cool little find. On a clear day, you can see to Downtown Los Angeles over the Santa Monica mountains and as far west as Calabasas / West Hills. From a photographic standpoint, I did not have much to shoot on my hike, but it was a hazy day with boring sky and few floral blooms. Maybe I'll have better luck next time.
Great trail! Good hike to get your heart rate going and fun shortcuts. Loved the views too!
I like taking the shortcuts on this trail. Great workout. The review before mine is interesting. I haven't seen any Bears or mountain lions yet. I hope when I do I'm just as brave. But I fear for my dogs life running into mountain lions. So far the majority tells me there's nothing to worry about just stand up to them and make noises and don't run but I jog down trails all the time.
I did this trail a few months ago. A nice workout to the top. Once at the top, I continued along the fireroad, beyond the trespassing area (go around, not through fences). You'll be hiking in a forest of oaks. As I was approaching a large oak on the edge of the road, out comes a very large black bear! At this point, most would run...nah, I pulled out my iPhone and shot video of him! I believe this is the bear that keeps wondering into the local communities.
Growing up in Granada Hills, I have fond memories of riding my mountain bike to Mission Point for the past 25 years. I only ever ridden a mountain bike to the top . . . so I cannot say much about hiking, though there are always people walking up the trail. If you are into mountain biking, like a good uphill work out with a "downhill" reward . . . then this is the place! If you have a full suspension bike, you can get up to 30 mph speeds. Some parts of the trail have a lot of loose gravel and deep ruts which adds to the fun. Keep your eye out for horse back riders and hikers! Lastly, the wind can pick up thru the canyon passes . . . it is not uncommon to 40-50 mph winds. I rode to the top with my teenage kids . . . the wind made it quite the challenge!
Nice trail with a good amount of incline, especially if you take the shortcuts. Very nice views the entire way up (besides all the LA smog!). Took us about 1.5 hours to do about 4.5 miles, and it felt like a workout most is the time. Clean trails, sunflowers along the way, but saw a couple garden snakes. Would visit again...just wish there were more trees!
Fun trail with some pretty great views. Starts off with a little slightly hidden pond, then you're going uphill all the way to the top. You can keep going if you don't mind trespassing a little in the gas company's land. Great workout hike with a rewarding view from the top.