Looking for a great trail in O'Melveny Park, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in O'Melveny Park ranging from 1.6 to 5.6 miles and from 1,335 to 2,772 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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no shade
14 days ago

Great trail. Not for beginners or those early in their “get back in shape” routine. Steep incline in the beginning. Loved seeing all the pets though.

I would suggest you hike this trail when the temperature is not over 90 degrees because there’s no shades on the trail. Bring your hike poles to help you coming down the steep hills.

Decided to do this trail at 1:00 when it was 103 degrees out...don’t be like me.

This is a great conditioning hike for peaks. A lot of incline. It’s s popular trail so it can be hard to find parking in the lot. However street parking is always available. Restrooms are also located in the park as well as water fountains.

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over grown
1 month ago

love visiting this park and trails, it's 7/15/19 and trails looked overgrown in my opinion , still nice , wasn't prepared for all the nasty viscous flies this time of year , creek wasn't running , bring plenty of water if your doing the 2.4 mile hike up the hill , few people during the day . I would come early in the morning , gets hot pretty quick in the summer and it's all up hill .

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no shade
1 month ago

i was visiting from out of town and spontaneously decided to do this hike after the gym. this is a beautiful hike, as it's a good view and there's a ton of small sunflowers all along the main trail. but .. don't recommend this trail at all if you have a fear of bees or hate the sun. i did this hike at noon on a saturday in july. it was really hot. only saw two people while out there. full sun through the entire hike, with only one spot that i found with real shade (a tree along the main path about halfway) if you need a break. thanks to all the flowers, the place is swarming with bees. they were buzzing around my head the entire time. at the beginning of the trail, there's a large what looks like an old well or something full of water to the right in a shaded area. don't walk over to it. i did that, and it's covered in bees. assuming they've got a hive or something over there. i turned around once i got to the gate about three quarters of the way up, because i was being eaten alive by horse flies and was really getting fed up with how i was constantly having to swat them off of me. all in all .. cool hike .. but i don't recommend it for the dead of summer. make sure you lather up in bug spray or else it's going to be a frustrating walk.

Went on Monday morning 7/8/19 about 8:00 am. Hardly any people. Completed the loop in a little more than 2hrs with breaks. Very pleasant!

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over grown
1 month ago

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over grown
1 month ago

If you’re comfortable being surrounded by rattlesnakes, you can do this hike. Disclaimer: I was not dressed appropriately for snakes (i.e., bare legs) and by myself, so I bailed after the first 1.5 miles. But here are some notes: stay on the paved road through under a mile of well groomed park until you reach a junction of a dirt road at a shaded area. There are bathrooms with running water shortly before this. Keep left. The trail is about 1/3 the width of a fire road and uneven. The flora is also pretty overgrown, which made me more nervous about running into one of the many rattlesnakes I could hear around me. Tons of bees, flys, gnats, and other critters, as well. Absolutely no sign of traffic noise and feels very removed from the city, which is a win. I’ll be back with denim and a buddy. Beautiful. 4 stars because star rating is obligatory and I didn’t finish, so not sure.

love going to this hike and including the Grotto for my conditioning hike

In my opinion, this was a strenuous hike, not a moderate hike. There is no shade, so I suggest going early in the morning. It would not be a good hike for the middle of summer, but if you do go, bring a lot of water. I like East Canyon much better. If you want a long hike, you can ascend East Canyon and descend on this trail; however, you would need to leave a car at each end.

Beautiful hike, difficult, very steep ascent in the beginning of the trail and at the very end to Mission point. Not a lot of people on the trail, which is great. Restrooms in the park could be cleaner. I’d recommend to bring trekking poles and definitely wear hiking shoes!

this hike was all uphill my altimeter gauge said we had 1000 plus feet of incline in the first mile which is the most of any hike I've done the view from the top would have been really nice but there was a marine layer that blocked out just about everything. we also ran into quite a few people for a Thursday. bring plenty of water cuz there's very little shade on the way up

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over grown
2 months ago

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no shade
2 months ago

Nice trail close to the valley. Lots of wild flowers and wild life. Mostly birds and squirrels. . Definitely not an easy hike. Caution: lots of bees and there are rattle snakes in the area.

Beautiful wildflowers. A lot of trails to peel off on.

Extremely steep and slippery. If you like the stair stepper, you’ll like this trail.

definitely not lightly traveled

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rocky
3 months ago

The trail starts at O’melveny Park, which is nice and clean. You walk through the park until the trail starts. You’ll see a sign that says Equestrian/O’melveny... unless you have a horse... lol you know which way to go. Well, the trail starts through a slightly shaded area and is pretty flat. But once you hit the hill, it’s uphill from there with little flat areas. It was harder than I expected. I don’t think it should be marked as moderate. Maybe it’s just me. Plenty of chances for scenic photos of the valley. Once you get towards the top there’s a shaded area with a tree with a bench you can hang out at. The top of the hike is just a little further. After that, there’s an easier windy path or a steeper straight path to get to the top. Almost forgot... there another way to and from the top on the left side of the park. We took this way down. Much steeper but shorter distance. Sort of like a shortcut but it’s harder. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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