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Really cool hike! One moment you feel like your in the wilderness (ignoring the perfectly manicured trail) and then you look off in the distance for a spectacular view of downtown LA, or the Hollywood sign, or the Griffith observatory. Truly a unique experience we'll never forget.

Very nice trail, easy to walk and nice view of city.

easy enough to do for someone who may not be very fit!

1 month ago

Best 4th of July view !

Super easy very flat partially in a neighborhood nice to take your dog on a walk.

The lower portion of the hike is on paved paths and the upper portion is on wide fire roads. There is a bit of climbing, but not too challenging due to how short the hike is. Cool views from the Observatory, as always.

2 months ago

Nice urban walk on a paved bike trail following a surprisingly lush stretch of the L.A. River. On a short walk, saw lots of waterfowl: cormorants, egrets, herons, ducks. The water looked inviting, but I didn't pack my hazmat suit.

2 months ago

Easy to follow, wide track trail starting at the pony rides/miniature train station. Most of the climb is moderate, till you get to the short but steep single track to the summit. There are lots of signs, and the trails are well maintained. Not the best views of DTLA, Silver Lake, and Burbank, but worth it if you're close.

It’s steep. Scenic. Decent feel of a natural setting in LA, which is no small feat. The walk is easy but steep. Not technical by any means but my 7-year-old would struggle with it. My teens loved it. Great views of the LA skyline.

Short hike up to the observatiory, the veiw from the top is amazing.

I do this hike on a regular basis. Its great for people of all fitness levels. You can park free on Ferndell till sunset. Weekends will be very busy. For a longer hike and awesome views, continue past the Observatory to Mt. Hollywood.

An iconic L.A. hike you need to do at least once.

As a hike, this trail probably only merits three stars: a short, fairly easy path up a wide track, to views you can more easily getting driving up. What really makes this fun (especially if you're with an outgoing Golden retriever) are all the people you meet from all around the world. Ferndell, as the name implies, is a nice, shady dell, and seeing the Observatory get bigger as you get closer is fun.

3 months ago

This amazing reservoir trail has been one of my every day Common exercising fit program’s for over 15 years now, Anytime of the day is the perfect place to meditate, walk, run, jog, or just sit back read a book, including a amazing dog play park very dog friendly,

This is a great hike up to the Observatory. We parked near The Trails restaurant, cutting about 1/2 mile off our hike, which is really just walking up the road. There are some steeper spots, but my 3 1/2 year old grandson did great.

Moderate trail. Moderate traffic. Going early in the morning was a good idea. The observatory was getting crowded by 9am.

don't do this hike if you don't like walking next to cliffs. At times it gets really narrow and it is a bit scary. Do the east loop better if you bring kids or dogs along.

4 months ago

They were far too easy to be marked moderate.

Just beautiful, serene , calm and amazing place !!

this hike was an absolutely wonderful way to spend a beautiful day took my little dog this time and he was a real trooper.I would rate this hike as moderate because we didn't stop at the observatory instead I decided to keep going to the summit of Mt Hollywood, not to be confused with Mt Lee which is where the Hollywood sign is.The 360 degree views are incredible, as is checking out the observator would be a great place to take friends from out of town,or your own staycation day trip and if you park on ferndell you won't have to pay 4 dollars an hour parking!Pack a lunch,water,and sun block.

Cool easy walk.

6 months ago

great walk through the revitalized LA river.

Simply love this place in its entirety

Closes trail to DTLA and dog friendly!

To stay on the actual trail we had a climb very steep sections towards to end and take a very steep jump to get off a boulder back onto a cleared road. Not good for a dog but my pup made it.

A hike I do very often just to get out of the house with my dog. Great views of dodger's stadium and the nearby freeways. You can make the loop longer by crossing the street to the other side of Elysian Park where the trails get more narrow and there's a fun climbing section. I wouldn't recommend doing this side with a dog, but definitely a lot of fun! There's also a hidden swing on this side :)

Good for kids.

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