City View and Walnut Forest Trails

EASY 205 reviews

City View and Walnut Forest Trails is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
639 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips



wild flowers

13 days ago

Great hike and once at the top you get the enjoy the pond with a view of all Los Angeles.

14 days ago

Very fun hike if you are in the area. It's quite popular, and the people are very friendly and social -- you will make new friends here! The main trails are wide dirt tracks, very easy to follow, but there are also a number of single tracks crisscrossing the park if you want to be more adventurous. The pond at the top of the hill is a fun little surprise, and a shady spot to rest while you take in the views of the cit y.

20 days ago

A nice and easy walk overlooking Highland Park. The pond was exceptional, and as advertised, turtles swam in the water. Great hike for beginners.

1 month ago

Great little hidden trails. We were surprised to find such a cool pond along the loop. Pretty nice with tons of turtles. Well maintained trails that would be great to bring our dogs to next time. Keep in mind there is no water along any of the trails so make sure to bring plenty with you. None of the trails were marked well so taking some points away for that. Overall great views and worth it.

1 month ago

Wow is this place cool! At a glance you would not think anything of this might not even know it is a park. I went there in hopes of doing a loop hike and passing by the pond, but the temptation of all the different little trails proved too much to resist. I started in a neighborhood on an old road of broken pavement, then fire roads, then a smaller trail thru a woodland oak area, and finally to a pond surrouned by pines. You get totally lost in the place until you walk over to an outlook and see you are just a few miles from dowtown LA. The park can seem a bit worn around the edges in places, but overall it is in great shape especially considering where it is located. The ONLY reason I dont give 5 stars is bacause I am a trail get 5 stars it has to be amazing.

2 months ago

Great hike, but definitely a moderate incline. Well-maintained and a few shaded areas. Great for dogs and there are a few well-spaced resting areas along the way that have trash cans. The pond is a nice touch too

3 months ago

nice hike, the hike is probably considered easy to moderate because it does get little steep but easy in the sense trails are well maintained....we did the whole Ernest Debs park hike... from 4686 N Griffin Ave to all the way and back

3 months ago

nice walk in the park there are two ways to get up there a steep dirt way and a paved road very kid friendly

if you go early you can see all the turtles

4 months ago

I think we must have gone the wrong way as I don’t remember seeing a lake, haha. That said, the trail was pretty easy, wide and clean. More like hiking up a fire road than anything. The view was beautiful, though, as it was raining over DTLA. We were looking for a casual, low key stroll if you will and while it seemed a bit steep for a stroll, it definitely wasn’t intense in any way. If you want something quick and easy, with a great view, I’d recommend it!

5 months ago

My second time at this park. First time I took the paved trail all the way. This time I was in my boots and took the dirt trail that parallels the paved trail for the most part. I loved finding the interconnecting trails all over the hill. Only saw 4 or 5 others on the dirt trail - paved trail has much more traffic. Surprisingly lots to see up there.

5 months ago

Good trail... pretty easy with decent incline. Nice views.

6 months ago

It was a good walk

6 months ago

Great hike. 6.5 miles of fun. Free parking. Great views of Downtown Los Angeles!

6 months ago

This trail is great for running or a quick hike. Not crowded and easy to navigate. Will be back to see more of the pond area.

8 months ago

Great trail for dogs. Not too crowded but great views!

9 months ago

If you live close it is five stars.

9 months ago

End of this route is really slippery- recommend going around long way!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

good work out just not long enough

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great little hike within the city, plenty of hill climbs and nice views of the lake and the city. Bring water and a hat for the sun.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

good walk

Monday, April 10, 2017

Honestly, compared to other hikes you can drive to in this region; it sucks.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

This place is so beautiful! It's filled with golden fields of wildflowers and a beautiful pond!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Went on a night hike, creepy. Very quiet though, did not encounter anyone else.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Perfect for a quick morning hike (the shorter trails take 45 minutes round trip at a steady pace) or an afternoon meander (the longer trail that takes you completely around the hill is roughly 1.5hrs round trip). Some moderate incline spots, but those can be avoided for less steep options. This park has my vote for favorite view of downtown (and Catalina island in the distance on a clear day!).
Perfect for kids, dog walking, mountain biking. There's a cute pond at the top that makes you feel like you're suddenly in Louisiana.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

came out here to do a quick hike with my pups, very quiet and peaceful. great view of DTLA and relaxing. only it's a little bit dirty or at least when I went.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

This is a nice local Trail between El Sereno and Highland Park. Some of the Trail is pavement and other parts are dirt. There are a lot of areas to explore and you can make your Hike short or long. We walked to the top and explored and then walked around the Lake and Park itself.

There is even a Hidden Park within the Park which is Kinda of Cool.

The Parking is Free. So enjoy a cool local location over looking the City.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Relaxing light hike with my son, beautiful clear day with a nice view of Catalina island in the distance!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

nice decent walk.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

not sure why this says open October through May, it's open year round.
Also, the very end of this trail is not really a trail anymore and is extremely difficult to get down. it's very steep and rocky but also sandy so we were slipping the whole way. we learned this the hard way. Google maps correctly shows that this section of trail is no longer there/maintained but all trails doesn't. will definitely go back for the views and the pond but will need to alter how we get out of the park because the way all trails guides you is dangerous!

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