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Great training hike. First hour is up and more up and gets everything burning. Took an extra side trip at the top to ensure we hit the summit. Worth it but rough going on lose dirt and sand. The down section is tedious, it’s a winding road and not special and the only reason I don’t give this 5 star.

best hike ever

hiking
6 days ago

Super steep at the start from the library good conditioning hike.

This hike is rated hard for a reason! I did the loop only which was clocked at 5.1 miles from the entrance gate. I went up counter clockwise, not sure if that was a good choice or a bad one. Either way is fairly brutal. If you go counter clockwise, you’ll start up the trail which is the most heavily trafficked (and also fairly well covered) right past the “trail” signs. This is a narrow trail which will take you up to the vista about 1.20 miles up. It’s an easy first segment and you can enjoy the awesome view at the top of the ocean and cityscape below. Then it’s on to leg burning time. Continue to head up the wide fire road (this is the right side of the trail on the map) - this is a long strenuous hike up, not extremely steep but it’s constant. Not many people venture this route, so it wasn’t heavily trafficked. I think I lost about 20 lbs in sweat during this segment. Keep going and eventually you will hit the mid point and can continue on straight to make this an “out & back” or go left past the bathrooms onto the “rabbit hole” trail (west side of loop). This trail is no joke, it’s super steep! I had to break off a stick (aka hiking pole) and at times get down on all fours just to get down some of the declines. This is a VERY narrow and very rocky trail, so slipping will occur, be careful. The trail is slightly overgrown so you do have some shade (watch out for snakes). Hike was a good heart pumping workout for sure, but the rabbit hole was a bit unpleasant so not sure I will do the loop again.
Parking is free - there is a small lot near the trail entrance and parking on the street - weekends get crowded.

I loved it. can't wait to go again. it's uphill most of the way until you reach (7 Trees). there is a bench where you can sit for a minute. round trip for us was around 4.5 miles,. we m ay gave missed a turn somewhere because it seemed shorter than expected

It’s a great alternative to staying on the exposed fire roads though still somewhat exposed but it feels like you’re so far away from everything. And you get some nice singletrack and a bit of fireroads, small section through a neighborhood in Topanga but lots of fun.

This is a great trail if you like some challenge. It is very narrow at points. Lots of nature, mostly shaded.

there is more than one way to get to the Hollywood sign if you come in from Griffith Park it is much easier than coming in from the Wisdom Tree Trail and be sure to have trekking poles cuz it's Steep and Rocky and dusty but the view from the top is pretty special

The walk was decent. We parked at the Greek Theater, free parking. we walked up to Griffith Observatory and started in the direction of sign. Luckily there are signs to show the way. it was very warm out and we packed 50 ounces of water each, plus Gatorade. Also, we packed power bars, fruit, and granola bars.
the sign and hike was a bit anti-climatic. However, it was something to check off the bucket list. My boys enjoyed climbing up hills and exploring. No shade so prepare yourself with sinscreen etc.

Great place to hike. Go early in the morning because after 9am it gets packed.

horseback riding
20 days ago

re: the wording "future Los Angeles River Bike Path" is incorrect. That is an equestrian trail and bicycles are not allowed in any manner, way or form - riding, pushing, carrying: NO BIKES ALLOWED. Please fix your map.

great hike. have to say this is one of my favorite.. no dogs

This is a great hike. Took me 5 1/2 hours to complete, including the walk to and from Sunset to get to the loop. The whole trail is open, but many sections of the Backbone Trail are covered over by tall weeds. I think this will be a regular for me.

Great spot for a hike with a view of the ocean! Easy, short hike up to a large view of the pacific coast from Malibu to marina Del Ray. View of downtown LA. Good for all people. I usually bring friends here when they come to visit. I haven’t checked it out at sunset, but it’s on my list to do. Must see!

Deliciously challenging inclines followed by breathtaking vistas repeated so many times it would be boring if it wasn’t beautiful.

Started 8:45am. Weather misty entire hike. Started clockwise. 5.4 mi in, Will Rogers trail closed (why rated only 3 stars). Tried anyway: Trail completely overgrown, miner landslides, then heard large animal coming my way, so about 50 to 100 steps in turned around and returned way I hiked in. So only 10.5 mi hike. Hike up was beautiful though.

Fantastic hike. The first mile or two you gain a lot of elevation, but after that it's not too bad. Very enjoyable and I'm already planning to hike this one again.

Really nicely groomed trail for the most part; shady in lots of spots too which was lovely. A couple of tiny stream crossings, and not at all crowded. No hassles with parking and the All Trails map worked perfectly. We ended up going almost 6 miles.

I'm glad I followed others advice and took the loop clockwise. It's always much easier for me going up steep paths than trying to go down. It was steep!
Not a big fan of hiking fire roads, but the views almost all the way were magnificent. It was cloudy so I wasn't able to see too far, but nevertheless what I could see was beautiful.
There's a short single path loop at the end before you turn around and go back, and there were more lizards there than I've seen in one place before.

To start the loop going clockwise, turn left as you enter the gate and go over the cement drainage to catch the path on the other side. At one point not too far after starting the breaks up, but I found it again by continuing straight forward.

Can get pretty confusing if it is your first time here, there are many different options to reach the sign. Just remember that the sign is on Mt. Lee. cover up because there is no shade on this hike.

This trail is definitely 'Hard' per rating. We took the trail southbound (from Simi to Victory), and so glad we did. The north half of the trail is predominated by a mix of grade hills, up and down, and to do that climb on the back half of our trail would have been even harder.

There are some good views, including some over the shoulder views of the old rocket facilities. A little bit of the trail was overgrown with fox tails (which isn't surprising now June). Per an earlier comment the best views are more than 3 miles in from both ends.

I enjoyed this hike for it's pure challenge and it had some nice sights, but I'm not going to give it a high score for lack of return on investment:l I've hiked on others in the greater LA that I would prefer (Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail, Dawn Mine and Sunset Trail Loop, are both shorter but with much better views). Travel time was approx 6 hours for us.


Notes:
Parking on the Simi side was a bit of a pain, as all the nearby areas are private property, so we parked half mile away in some residential.
It was mid 80s and shade is spotty and almost non-existent the north half. My buddy drank 3L of water and I 4.5L; come prepared. Probably because of the warm weather, we only saw four other people on the trail but confident none of them were through the whole of this trail.

My first time on this trail. Was able to go to the front of the a Hollywood sign and then took the trail to behind the sign 1 additional mile loop.Could see the Hollywood reservoir. Nice views of the Griffith observatory . Great city skyline views.

Nice trail. I was happy I could take my dog. There are a lot of forks in the road so the map on this app is needed.

Came here with a friend and it was the coolest hike I’ve done In a while!

I really enjoyed this hike back when I did it. I wanted a hard hike and I was not disappointed. I started on the western half of the loop and agree that it is challenging. I chose it too because almost no one headed up that way and it made for a bit more solitude. However, I could not tell if the trail was overgrown because it used less or if it is more of a social trail. I hope it is not. Overall the view of the ocean, mountains and city are well worth the hike and effort. The eastern route is heavily traveled by hikers of all skill and variety.There is a pit toilet at the trail junction for the overlook a few miles into the hike.

on Vital Link Trail

1 month ago

amazing views on top and steep climb.

This is my favorite hike! It is challenging, but rewarding when you get to the top. Oversees the ocean and lots of greenery. The first part of the hike has shade and has more trees and rocks. Once you get to the first view point, the view is beautiful. From there, you can continue up the dirt path. This part has a lot of uphill and very little shade. This is the most difficult part of the hike.

Amazing view on the bay once you get at the top. On your way up, which is non stop steep climbing and a great workout, beautiful view of downtown. One of the best hikes around LA, it’s kind of hard to beat it, indeed I’ve hiked it about 5 times already in the last two years. Not too crowded. Water is a must.

Clocked this at 9.6 miles. There are beautiful wildflowers all along the trail and plenty of shaded areas to rest and cool down. The ocean views are stunning. I’d recommend bringing 3 liters of water.

The trail is overgrown in many areas and we heard two rattle snakes but didn’t see them so be careful!

Mostly on paved road. Nice views. Very populated with people and dogs.

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