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Great moderate hike to bring out of town guests. However, if out of shape, it may be difficult. It’s up hill at beginning and end.

Love this trail. Our early am workout in an hour or less. Beautiful!

I spent all day at this hiking site!
The main trail is intensive at the beginning with great views of the mountains and city. After reaching the top there’s a cool rock structure you can climb for a much better view of the sunset!
From there the rest of the trail is much smoother. Towards the other end of the road ( Franklin Canyon Park) there is a lake (no swimming) with tables benches to seat. There is parking and has access to restrooms on both ends of the trail (Lake Dr) and Franklin Canyon P! Totally recommend!

Beautiful nature views of tree covered mountains, canopying trees over the path (doesn’t interfere with the walk!), & flowers. Waterfall was dry, but beautiful hike :)

hiking
4 days ago

it was a solid hike. west side (left) to start. steeper incline. views of ocean. east side gradual descent. more rural. dusty trail so you will get dirty. good footwear recommended. i did it without water at 11 am and 83 degrees. it was fine.

Beautiful!!!

Challenging but beautiful views and scenery

A wonderful hike to go on that's local and can take about 30 minutes to get to the top of the summit. Best times to go are the early morning, as there are less people and the sun isn't fully beaming yet. I recommend a good 8am start if not sooner.

Rewarding view of the Pacific and as far as downtown LA! I usually go as far as Skull Rock and then make my way down.

hiking
11 days ago

Not at bad hike, just had a lot of hard rocks on the paths where someone may be able to trip and/or twist an ankle. Overall there is a lot of shade and has a gradual incline and all downhill on the back end.

this was a real easy walk more than a hike but the fence around the lake took some of the ambience out of play but still a fun time

Easy hike through nice houses... Disappointed waterfall but then again it's so cal so was expected

love the view here.

Nice hike great view...

Great hike if you like some challenge and don’t have a lot of time. Wear sunscreen as you are quite exposed.

I think this is the shortest trail to the Hollywood sign, but I’m not a local. I got to the trail head at 7:30 am on Wednesday, July 4th, and there was parking right in front of the gate. The trail is dirt at first, then some neighborhood streets, dirt again, and then paved road the rest of the way up to the top. There’s a sign halfway through the neighborhood saying “Restricted Entry. No hiking allowed to the Hollywood sign. Violators will be subject to arrest and $103 fine.” A local said that he goes on this trail frequently and we even saw a tour going this way on the way back. I doubt anything ever happens, but it’s at your own risk. Just follow the gps on the all trails app. I recommend going as early as we did if not earlier, because it started to get hot on our way down and the trail gets crowded. You get lots of good views of the Hollywood sign as soon as you hit the trail.

Time: 2 hours
Distance: 4.59 miles
Elevation gain: 826 feet
Total Calories: 496 Cal

Such a beautiful view of LA plus a view of the beach! Lots of green trees and shade on the left side of trail. On the right trail is where dogs are allowed. Lots of steps but such a great workout! Only con is you barely get any shade compared to the left side of trail. Also, not a crowded trail which is a major plus!

P.S. parking is $10 but there is some parking across the street.

hiking
14 days ago

If you take the trail left or west, you will quickly start an incline for a mile, with little shade, quite a bit of heat, but the most amazing views of the ocean and coastline. If you go right or east, it’s mostly shade, a steady incline, and lots of flora. There is also an amazing breeze. For me, I loved going left, seeing the amazing ocean views and becoming quite overheated, and then enjoying the slow decline under the flora and cool breeze hitting me most of the way back to the parking lots. And there also tables and a green grassy patch for one to have a picnic on the bottom of the right side.

Great trail with some good inclines. We went from east to west and so the steeper grades were on the way down. Nice views once you get up top. Cacti at the lower elevations. I think most go up from the west because you reach the top sooner but I liked the slower inclines. Bring water as it gets hot. Saw lots of birds as well.

Fairly moderate incline; is nice for a quick (usually takes me 1-1.5 hours walking) hike. Love to take the dogs here when it's cool enough. Great views. Water near the end for humans and doggos. Parking is occasionally full, but I can always find a spot nearby in the neighborhood.

hiking
17 days ago

Good walk, gets the blood flowing and a nice view LA and the beaches! Recommend you go to the left for a steeper climb and more relaxed decent on your ankles!

Love!

hiking
18 days ago

This was a moderate hike with good elevation gain.

hiking
19 days ago

love this park but haven't been since they re-opened. does anyone know the cost to park now
thanks
Paul

walking
20 days ago

Enjoyable scenic walk
Good photo op

hiking
20 days ago

Easy and short. Caves are semi cool, and you can see the Hollywood sign after you pass the caves. Good place to bring out of towners who can’t handle much incline or long treks

Great views. Would be great at sunset or early morning.

Super easy nice warm up

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