Explore the most popular views 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.

There is no parking at the trailhead marked here, so we parked at Mineral Wells picnic area and took North Trail up (passing Amir’s Garden) to connect with the mapped route. Great hike with fewer crowds.

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.

Really nice trail. From the parking lot, after approx 2 miles you can decide if to go left (see the sign from the front, bottom of the sign, or you can go right and you over the mountain, so you see the sign from the top. Totally suggested! Good for kids too, I suggest over 6 and with some trail experience

Great trail on a nice overcast day. Some nice views of DTLA, Griffith Park and greater Los Angeles. Managed to catch a glimpse of the ocean!

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.

hiking
12 days ago

easy.

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.

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.

Through some neighborhoods for a small part of it. Great for running. Good elevation change and a decent workout.

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing

on Bronson Caves

hiking
18 days ago

Super easy! If you’re a beginner on hiking this is a good place to start. Easy mellow very chill, early mornings are best, super empty so you feel like you’re there alone. Good for dogs and kids, awesome pics on a clear sunny day.

Avoid the crowds and get there early. I started at 5:30am Saturday and had the trail all to myself. The first mile is a good incline, after that it evens out. Be careful not stepping on horse poop.

walking
26 days ago

Some steep parts for a beginner, however taking brief breaks for water and shade is helpful! Beautiful view of the city. Fun to take anyone out of town to see.

Primarily on paved road. Nice views. Very trafficked, lots of people and dogs out.

hiking
28 days ago

Gorgeous views although I wouldn’t recommend bringing your dog! Downhill is really slippery my pooch chased a bird and I fell lol!!! Great hike phenomenal views! Worth the steep incline

Easy parking, nice views of all of LA, good workout.

pretty easy.

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

Really good walk. Take some water.

Lots of wildflowers April/May, the ridge is the best part the rest is pretty crowded.

A bit crowded on the weekend. I went in September and it was a bit hot. But still a decent hike.

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.

Took the stairs up to the garden and continued up the mountain. Bit foggy morning but still great views.

Great hike!!

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

Great hike! Love the views and the workout.

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