Beacon Hill Fern Canyon Loop Trail

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Griffith Park

Beacon Hill Fern Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 669 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

I liked this trail! It’s not too difficult and has a few shading moments. Easy parking and good elevation!

5 months ago

I like this trail better than the Beacon Hill loop. It's a little more scenic. It starts near the merry go round and goes next to the 5 fwy for a bit. Similar to the Portola loop trail in Elysian Park. You can even take a wrong turn and go up the steep narrow section of the Beacon Hill loop trail. Conquer it, ignore the off route warning on your AllTrails app, go back down, and pretend you did it on purpose like I did.

8 months ago

Really nice hike for a cool summer evening.

11 months ago

Mon May 13 2019

Really nice trail! There's one big hill at the beginning and a smaller one at the end, and it's flat inbetween for the most part.

Wed May 08 2019

Pretty nice hike with a few uphill climbs but mostly flat or downhill if you’re going counter-clockwise. For a little part of it you have a view of the highway/Burbank hills which is not the best but it’s so short and the rest of the hike outshines it for sure! If you’re looking for an easier hike with a little bit of hill at times this one is definitely for you!

It’s a nice scenic hike, definitely recommend coming on an early hike and rising with the sun!

Sun Mar 24 2019

Too crowded, close to the highway, not overly scenic. Wouldn’t go back.

Mon Jan 21 2019

Amazing sunrise and sunset view

Mon Dec 31 2018

My go to loop. Quick, efficient, views better than Drakes album. Easy money!

Sat May 26 2018

pretty easy.

Sun Apr 01 2018

Awesome trails

Sat Mar 03 2018

Nice trail.

Tue Nov 21 2017

Easy to navigate and find. Great for anyone of all ages. Lots of parking spaces in the lower lots. This place is great because it’s not as crowded as most popular trails. You get a great view of LA at the top.

Mon Apr 24 2017

Just Ok. Uphill portion has no shade, but then levels off to partial shade. Decent views of downtown LA and then, further on, Burbank.

Mon Mar 07 2016

The first 30% was the most difficult going up hill for about a mile, but then the rest was easy and rewarding with beautiful views.

Sun Jan 18 2015

The marker on AllTrails is in the wrong spot. Try 3610 Cadman Dr for the real location. Not a bad trail for right in the city - the views are all of the freeway and the surrounding city, but there are areas where you can barely hear the road noise and it feels fresh and cool. Everybody I met along the trail was friendly and it took less time to complete than I expected, though with a few fairly steep inclines and declines. Traffic on a Saturday afternoon was moderate, I passed a fair number of groups, but there were stretches where I thought I was the only person left on the trail. Unfortunately, dogs must be leashed, which is not my preference since my dog needs about 5 times as much exercise as I do. However, for a trail in the city, I get it.. and it was nice to get out into fresh air for a little while. The trail itself was wide enough for a vehicle for most of the way, except the climb to the top summit and the decline back to the main trail. That decline was steep and rocky, maybe not ideal for older people, but not difficult by any means. I went counterclockwise, climbing on the west side of the loop and descending on the right side. I think the rocky decline would have been easier going up, but I'm glad I went the way I did because it was near sundown and while the first half of the loop was in shade already, the second half was sunny and bright.

Wed Mar 06 2013

Hiked this trail on a nice cool winter evening. By winter evening I mean it 60 degrees outside because this is Southern California. I've done this trail before, or at least bits and pieces in the past, and it's your everyday run of the mill SoCal paved trail experience. If you've been on one trail in Griffith Park you pretty much know what I'm talking about. This one takes you on some really nice views of The 5 Freeway (yeah, who wants to see that) and some really clear and wide views of Glendale. There is fair amount of elevation as well if you plan to go for a trail run. On this particular trip I ran into 2 separate groups of dog walkers which formed into a group of 5 people. They were super friendly and even warned of coyotes up ahead on the trail. This was good because Los Angeles is certainly small dog friendly and these coyotes will probably find interest in them. Either way, they made for some good conversation and even bid us a good night as we parted ways on the trail. Pretty chill peeps which put some good karma on my thoughts of this trail. Anyway, on the two times I've ventured on this trail I've seen a coyote just meandering on the trail ahead. Never any close encounters with them but until I'm comfortable with seeing them I'll probably always have a heightened sense of awareness in their presence. You may want to keep this in mind but honestly I haven't had any issues. The trail looks a lot better nearing the evening, maybe about 5 or 6. I suppose this could be said for a lot of trails, but I've been here in the day and the evening and it just a nicer look to it with the sun leaving the sky. It's got some nice sights as you climb elevation. Nothing awe inspiring but it's not bad either, and with the size of Griffith Park, there always seems like more trails to explore. Scenery is pretty good but the trail is a bit boring. Good inclines if you're looking to sweat a bit. You can loop all the way around easily but you should keep in mind the trail before venturing out just to ensure that you don't get lost. Enjoy it, I certainly did.

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