Most know you can easily turn this into a 5 mile urban hike. I actually loop the entire Sepulveda Basin, starting at the golf course heading west to Balboa, take the bike path north to Victory, then east to Woodley, and south on Woodley but go over into the Wilderness Preserve and come out on Burbank, cross Burbank and head west to the Dam, you'll see it. After hitting the Dam, head north, down along the LA River..you'll come up under Burbank Bl. again, and out to the top. Head west on Burbank back to where you started...6 mile loop. Many people do this..but don't go across to the wilderness trail, to the dam, and call it a day at 5 miles. I do it all the time..like 12k steps, in about 2 hours. Great little trek to keep your legs, lungs and heart hike ready.

walking
16 days ago

wouldn't consider it hiking, but walking instead. the scenery near the lake but there are a lot of homeless encampments in the bushes and graffiti on the bridges.

walking
22 days ago

Good spot just to take a walk after work. A lot of things to do; bike riding, fishing, play park for kids. Plenty of space for BBQ and activities.

hiking
30 days ago

it's a nice walk around the lake, mostly all concrete sidewalk, but you can walk on the grass. it's gets hot during the summer, but is nice this time of year. The paddle boating is fun but the water can have a funky smell, from being stagnant and recycled. There is also fishing from anywhere with grass.

This is more of a jogging trail.

The coolest thing about this trail.......BUNNIES! I do this run at daybreak and have counted up to 51 bunnies!

Nice easy hike for beginners or with kids. Partly shaded which is welcome on hot sunny days. Good training hike option for seniors.

Breaking in my new boots and beginning the slow process of prepping the family to go backpacking with the Boy Scouts.

Like another reviewer said, definitely more of a walk than a hike, but it’s outdoors & pretty.

trail running
3 months ago

Best to go first thing in the morning. This place gets crowded in the middle of the day but an easy trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful lake, good walk, beautiful birds

walking
4 months ago

FYI: This is a park and it's for walking, not hiking, but it's beautiful.

Views: A lake, some ducks, swans, geese, dogs and kids.

Note: In Feb/March the Cherry Blossom trees are in bloom.

Parking: Usually isn't an issue but it's busier in the summer, on weekends and in the afternoon.

Warning: If you decide to park on the side of the road in the park, make sure that you PARALLEL park, otherwise, you may come back to a lovely parking ticket.

It's a walk, not a hike.

walking
6 months ago

Amazingly beautiful

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike along a lake. Great place to walk a dog. Lots of ducks and fish.

walking
7 months ago

on Lake Balboa Trail

walking
7 months ago

Easy access, lots of parking. Not too much shade but there's some. Good for when you need a quick, no-fuss workout.

Not really a hike, but great for a walk and/or jog!

Beautiful view

mountain biking
9 months ago

Nothing much to look at. Kinda boring.

walking
10 months ago

Good trail, Well traveled. This course is more of a walk than a hike, the trail is paved and on weekend you can reward yourself with a hot dog with bacon. There is bike rentals, kayaks, fishing, and snacks for purchase.

on Lake Balboa Trail

11 months ago

Little easy loop around a lake. Nothing amazing, lots of traffic here though.

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