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hiking
1 day ago

Burned our.

hiking
4 days ago

A nice hike, not too hard, yet challenging enough to give you a good cardio workout. I did this trail with my almost 7 year old son, and we started up the South side loop and went to the tower, chilled out, and decided not to take the loop and come back down the north side of the loop, only because my young son was tired, and I didn't want to push him. That part of the loop is next on our trail up together.

There is some shade, but not a lot. Parking is easy, there's plenty of room, and the hike is not crowded at all, and we went on a Sunday. Ya, there were people, but not too much. It is nice, you're dealing with nature, somewhat but if you're looking for an all out nature hike, this isn't it. If you want a nice cardio, and get a good workout, try this out. You'll like it.

hiking
5 days ago

It’s my favorite trail La

hiking
9 days ago

This is a decent hike to get out of the city and get a liiiiiiiitle wilderness.
Pros: easy parking, wide and well maintained trails (it's a fire road), small patches of shade, and cool views. You feel like you got a good workout by the time you finish.
Cons: a little boring (no variety in the views or trail type), dusty, could be too hot (little shade from 11-1) and parts of the viewpoints are ugly (no 360, there are maintanence buildings and fenced in areas).

Overall, if you live close by, it's worth a short trek to get a good workout with steady incline and some city views.

Amazing.

beautiful for a nice winter hike.

hiking
16 days ago

I love this hike, however, today there was a man on a mountain bike with a machete clearing a hiking trail so they can start mountain biking on this single track. Then on another part - where the backbone meets the Murphy Ranch trails there were 5 mountain bikers speeding down the trail and it is clearly marked NO BIKES. Hoping that Park Rangers can get out there and clearly mark that this area is no bikes. Bikes are permitted on the road all the way out to Camp Josepho.

hiking
17 days ago

I was here mid-week in mid-November and saw very few people. The trail (road) down is unremarkable but wow... That's an amazing piece of architecture at the end. It's definitely worth it for that and for the opportunity to spend some time lazing on the shore of the stunning Emerald Bay.

this is a pretty easy hike but if you take the vital link Trail off of it it gets tough in a hurry

this is a tough hike the toughest we've done yet but the view from the top is breathtaking

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful views of the mountains and canyons. Great alternative to Griffith Park to avoid the crowds.

Definitely Recommended !!!

Easy hike, lots of people, beautiful views.

Boring walk, but worth it when you get the beach at the end.

on Vikingsholm Trail

walking
22 days ago

A great trail to go with kids. Really nice views of Emerald Bay. We went with a 1.5 and 3.5 year old and they really enjoyed it, especially the beach at the end! It’s very easy on the way down, and steep on the way up (for just about a mile, so totally doable!) Arrive early for parking! Parking area is $10.

hiking
23 days ago

Moderate climb to a steady hike. Quite busy. Go early!

24 days ago

A bit difficult! Didn’t make it thru but good views throughout

Fairly doable trail. 2.2 mi to the overlook, then downhill all the way back.

Fairly doable trail. 2.2 mi to the overlook, then downhill all the way back.

Fairly doable trail. 2.2 mi to the overlook, then downhill all the way back.

Fairly doable trail. 2.2 mi to the overlook, then downhill all the way back.

on Beaudry Loop

hiking
1 month ago

A decent hike. We did it clockwise and I would say that it’s more than moderate!

super super steep but so pretty... it really is worth the hike back up

Not very challenging, but do not underestimate the stairs. My buddy was dying on the way back.

Kind of hard to find the entrance. A lot of interesting graffiti everywhere. Very green right now.

Creds- Have AllTrails Pro. 8 Nov 2018, 11.2 mi hike, 2,464’ el gain- followed AllTrails exactly.

Designated parking at Trailhead. Arrived 9:am Thursday morning no parking issues.

Started counter clockwise - recommend going clockwise. Why? Last mile shoe skiid down- no way runnable. Also no view. Go clockwise for great views and run ability. Loop at the half way point in good condition.

Liked the hike since lots of great views, trails in good condition, benches for lunch breaks, and easy parking.

on Beaudry Loop

hiking
1 month ago

Our group started at Beaudry Lane behind Oakmont Country Club, and we hiked to Tongva Peak and back down. 6.3 miles, 2.5 hrs., totally exhausted and happy. The views of Crescenta Valley were special all the way up, and there was enough shade here and there for rests.

One of the most lush and scenic hiking trails that I have done in LA. The trail is well maintained and has a steady incline and decline for the most part. The first mile of the hike is more of your wilderness style of hike with the terrain being a bit rocky, and then it opens up to a wide, shadeless pathway with constant views of the beaches and ocean.

Go the extra couple miles and make it to the Parker Mesa overlook! It's about a 7 mile round trip (out and back). Great hike to walk, run and also mountain bike on!

UPDATE (2/5/18): I finally figured out how to make this already awesome trail an actual loop! So when you get to the Parker Mesa Overlook (the overlook that is after the bathroom), descend down the pathway in front of the left bench. Take the pathway down and you will soon find yourself in a rugged and more isolated adventure. I would really recommend wearing hiking shoes for this as simple running sneakers/fly knits will slip on loose dirt and erosion here. The trail has overgrown branches and brush that arch over the pathway making you feel like you are a bit of a mini forest. ALSO if you are going to do this trail I would HIGHLY SUGGEST that you research it first as it's very easy to get lost at certain points and finding yourself being attacked by branch bushes lol. I had downloaded an offline map on the All Trails app (I upgraded to the Pro Version, just $20 a year and so worth it so that you don't get lost). This trail is a straight shot back to the trailhead where you will find yourself going down and up.

UPDATE #2 (3/18/18): If you want to take a more strenuous but shorter & more direct route to the Parker Mesa overlook, then take the pathway that is in your left upon walking through the Los Leones trailhead sign at the trailhead. You will know you are going the right way if you are walking pass some concrete and a tunnel. The trail swiftly ascends upwards before leveling out a bit. Taking this route up was quite a workout and the trail itself is nothing like the wide fire roads that people typically take to the different overlooks. It's steep, rugged, and isolated making it more of an adventure.

Parking:
There is free street parking at the trailhead.

Believe it or not the graffiti (an the unique graffiti house at the bottom of the trail) is the highlight of this trail. Make sure you do the loop clockwise. There is a gate (more like a break in the fence) to the left just at the beginning of the loop. Go through this gate a walk down lots of steep steps. Make a left at the bottom of the steps to continue along the trail. If you choose to do the loop in a counter clockwise fashion you may have trouble finding the steps to go back up (the entrance was not so clear and you have to climb up a ton of very steep stairs. I would definitely recommend doing the loop clockwise.

walking
1 month ago

WARNING The entrance of the loop (not the starting of the whole route) is not obviously and can be easily missed!

I thought if I kept walking on the paved road I would eventually go into the loop and loop back, but that didn’t happen. Not until I walked 4 miles did I realized I was probably off the track because the while trail suppers to be 3.4 mile and I haven’t seen repeated scene.

When I walked back in darkness, I checked the map and saw two open parts on the fences under my flashlight, and there were staircases going down. I suppose that’s the loop... it’s really not obvious and clear, I’d suggest everyone to check their map if it’s their first time here, and maybe read the graffiti on road, though there were also misleading ones like “truck —>” and pointed to the cliff.

Other than that, it’s a easy, mostly-paved route, and the scenery is amazing!

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