Explore the most popular forest trails in Griffith Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really good walk. Take some water.

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.

Took a wrong turn along the way and came there after dark but a fun trail overall

I started from the playground up to the observatory and it was a quick but steep trail. A lot people and wide pathways perfect for group but safe to go alone

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.

love it! been hiking the Griffith park trails since I was a baby.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This trail is not fit for mountain biking, with high foot traffic on a single track and large technical sections (grade and obstacles). This trail should be a minimum black for mountain biking.

Just beautiful, serene , calm and amazing place !!

hiking
2 months ago

Just did this hike this weekend and was disappointed to find that it wasn’t a loop at all. Went up the steep rocky side to the Wisdom Tree and was planning to come down the longer side of the loop as we had our big dogs and didn’t want to do the steep climb down with them. We passed the “trail” for the other side of the loop twice not even noticing it as it wasn’t an actual trail and no one was walking on it at all. Sent my husband to check it out to see if we could get through and or if it got better along the way but it didn’t, it just disappeared. Couldn’t go that way so had to take the dogs back down the steep side. That cut the hike shorter and was much more difficult with the dogs. Likely wouldn’t have done it if we had known that. Anyone know if there was a reason why that side of the trail would not be there or not be used by anyone on a Sunday? Otherwise it was a beautiful view from the top and could be a great LA hike.

Loved this hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

Good uphill training but very short and not a lot of coverage. The wisdom tree is pretty neat and there are a few nice places to sit and look out over LA but nothing to write home about.

Amazing view! Parking fee is a bit outrageous, but worth the hike once you get to see the Hollywood sign up close. Watch out for horse poop.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep and rocky, good idea to bring poles to take strain off the knees. Go earlier than 8/9 am before the crowds and bring a light sweater, hat and sunscreen. Great views 360 of LA and backside view of the Hollywood sign.

Great hike with great views, obviously very popular so there are always a lot of people especially on the weekends. Definitely worth trying.

It is a good place to hike, normally we start at 5:30 am, this year january and february are not cold.

Steep but not too long. Wear good shoes and a hat......

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.

So beautiful. I like it.

We went out and back to the hollywood sign and stopped at the wisdom tree on the way. Strenuous at the beginning and at the end but well worth it!! Be aware you have to walk through a neighborhood to get to the trail head.

Simply love this place in its entirety

hiking
4 months ago

Not sure how anyone could rate this better than 3. Not too well marked, slippery, lots of road noise and a smelly sewage treatment plant. It’s nice that it is close to town and is good for exercise but not a destination hike

Hiked 11 miles here ! We started by the merry go round on the Glendale side. Went to the back and front of the sign. Did get a little lost on the way back but we followed the paved roads back to the Glendale side of Griffith park. Where we parked by LA zoo. I suggest parking on the opposite end of the park if you don’t want to hike over 8 miles lol. Please bring food. There are lots of water fountains but still bring your own. We hiked up the difficult way that isn’t really marked but it was kind of like rock climbing and it was fun! This is an ALL DAY hike. Clear your day. We were there from 11am-sundown at 5:30pm. Bring battery packs for your phone, there’s a lot of cell service on this mountain which was cool. We saw a lot of dummies tho. People starting this hike at 4pm and 5pm with small children. It was just stupid, really really reallyyy stupid. This IS NOT and easy hike , no joke this was intense, please don’t make your small children endure this, especially at night ! Like WTF!

hiking
4 months ago

A challenging alternative to Runyon Canyon with the same breathtaking 360 degree view of Los Angeles.

Great hike to the Hollywood sign. Definitely will get a great work out as most of the trail is uphill. Since the park is very large with many small trials, I advise to keeping your map open as much as possible. We took many detours and was mostly guided by local hikers who knew the park. The views are incredible, from Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica, and LA. Great hike!

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