City View and Walnut Forest Trail

EASY 352 reviews

City View and Walnut Forest Trails is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dodgertown, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, 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.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 639 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

partially paved

views

wild flowers

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bugs
2 hours ago

Great trail! We found parking on S Avenue 52 and entered the park from there. The gate by the Aubudon Center was closed, which gave us the impression at first the park itself was closed. On the map you can enter the park off Monterey Rd, too, which was on the other side of the park for us. There were several trails or walking paths around us and we weren’t sure at first which way to go. We may have taken the incline first, as there were more people coming our way than following. As many have said, there is a cool little pond at the top. There are some trails that lead you into residences and we avoided them. We didn’t want to end up in someone’s “yard.” I found the hike to be fairly easy. It was steep at times. There is shade by the pond once you get up there, which was nice. I recommend this hike if you want something fairly easy to kill a couple of hours and get away from most people. We went on MLK Day, and it wasn’t as trafficked as other parks I’ve been to. I’d also add that this park is much closer to Montecito Heights and Highland Park than Dodgertown, if that helps with location.

2 days ago

This is a great short hike. It is a perfect place to walk your dog. The pond at the top is small and a little swampy but very cool never the less. I do recommend this hike. Parking can be challenging if there a soccer matches at the neighboring park.

Not sure why this was marked as EASY because there are parts that were pretty difficult, and I am in pretty good shape. Great hike, though! Lots of foliage and mostly quiet except for the highway noise in the background.

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3 days ago

what a lovely surprise to find this so near to where we live! a lovely easy hike with reasonable elevation at the start but amazing views from the top - right down to Long Beach , west to towards the Simi Valley and over to Santa Monica. Not hard at all - paved. There's a lovely small pond with shaded area and a nice picnic area (with only one table!) at the top . as with most American hikes there are no toilet facilities

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off trail
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Fairly easy, I go with my son (5yr) and have seen plenty of leashed dogs around. Very popular, plenty of people around.

Great quick hike with views of the city.

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rocky
20 days ago

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22 days ago

I got lost a couple of times, first trying to find the entrance, a couple times following the trail, and finding my way back out. It’s a really big place. You run into people quite often, which I like cuz’ I don’t like being in a deserted area.

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1 month ago

Nice nature walk that has some good incline that would be perfect for trail running. I went clockwise. Some nice views of downtown on the back end. I was going to rate it 2 stars but that cool little lake at the top earns it an extra star. The path gets super difficult at the end. Take the dirt path that leads you back to the trail you came in on to avoid it.

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flooded
muddy
off trail
1 month ago

End of trail is a sham, should be labeled HARD. At the end it’s suggest a route that is very difficult. So beware you will have to backtrack to finish if you don’t choose to do the difficult part

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rocky
2 months ago

We parked on the street outside the gate. The first climb out from the trailhead was very steep on a crumbly, dusty single track. Any worse, and she would have made us give up. But we made it to the top, and the trails widened into fire roads passing a small fishing pond and some sports fields. The track wound back up the hill and around the park. Good views of LA and the surrounding neigborhoods. Many other people and dogs on the trails, but not crowded. Overall, a nice hike.

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bugs
off trail
2 months ago

I would recommend it for family and dog walking, even with heavy traffic you still have your own space. I did not see any sketchy people which was great. I will be coming back for sure !

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Nice weekday dog walking. Paved trail with a lake. At the lake there are turtles, fishing and benches for taking a break or having a picnic. People with kids, dogs, on dates or power walking.

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scramble
3 months ago

This trail was fine, paved, lots of uphill, great for dogs. The lake was also lovely. However, the map is useless, the last 10 minutes of the trail was scary, dangerous and not paved. A extremely steep, sandy bank to the car park. It is outlined on the map as part of the trail so be careful! My husband hikes all of the time and even he said that it was too steep and scary towards the end. If you plan to stick to this map I would rate this hike HARD.

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bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

The loop marked on this trail has a section that is extremely sketch. Goes down a rocky cliff side to the bottom. However, if you stay on the dirt road instead heading straight down, you will reconnect to the main path. Also drop into the Audubon center. They have a good map of the trail.

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