San Vicente Mountain: Old Nike Missile Site Trail

MODERATE 80 reviews

San Vicente Mountain: Old Nike Missile Site Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1414 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 months ago

I was trying to figure out how come this version of the trail says 10 miles, when the Westridge to San Vicente Mountain trail I take is clearly marked 7.4 miles. If you want the Nike Missile Station to be your destination and turn around point, part at the Westridge Rd parking area, hike in/up to San Vicente Mountain and come back down. If you do the ridge trail vs the fire road, it's a bit more exercise. I find the ridge trail steeper going up and then going down.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome views and a nice little chunk of Cold War history. Trails are not to hard but still challenging to the beginner. Make sure to pack sunscreen and water.

9 months ago

I really liked this hike! Bit of forest, mountains, and even some water holes.
Very busy or would have given 5 stars.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice views, Moderate hike, some Valley history.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

I'd say this is an easy hike. Elevation gain is only 500. Totally uncovered and I did 10.5 mi on a 100+ degree day so it had its challenges and of course was lovely. Lots of mountain bikers too but lightly trafficked with cool people.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Can be done in 2 directions with different difficulties

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Nice place. Many paths to take.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Love this trail! Beautiful views on both sides. You see the valley and all the way to the ocean! Gorgeous all around!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Fun family hike!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Great

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Not a bad hike. Starting off at Westridge made for a nice payoff getting to the Nike Missle spot. And coming back was all downhill! Nice views of the ocean - downtown - the valley. Super crowded but we did it on a Saturday. All that said - not a bad hike.

cross country skiing
Sunday, December 06, 2015

Perfect weather of this year. Long walk!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

great!

trail running
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Great off leash spot for hiking with your dog.

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WOW!! This trail is freaking awesome!! I am from Colorado and used to some seriously awesome hiking. I went in with low expectations of this hike and I was completely blown away. This maybe one of my favorite trails ever! This is a must go!

The directions from the app are all jacked up it lists the address in your maps as like a range of addresses. Going to file a request to fix that. But basically you just go to the end of Mulholland Drive and you will see a dirt road. If you park there you can walk up to the Missile Landmark. You can also keep driving all of the way up to the Missile Landmark, up to you. I don't like to wear on my car so I just parked it and walked it for the extra exersize also.

Once up there you will have a lot to look at. The people that say the Missile Landmark isn't anything special are insane, it's super cool! There are tables, bathrooms and even telescopes. From this point there are like 5 to 10 different trails you can take. I could seriously get lost here for a while just exploring all of the different trails. The views are awesome also.. as you hike around you get different views which is great because you get to see all around as you hike around instead of just one direction at the top.

If you own a mountain bike, go here! I ran on the mountain bike trails because they were more intense and I could only imagine how fun it would be on a bike. Makes me want to go buy one just for this place!

Seriously.. go check it out! You will not be disappointed.

Side notes.. Dogs are definitely welcome and kids. However, if you bring kids I would stay off the steeper trails as they can get a little intense for the little ones. However, there is usually a easier way that runs parallel to the steeper parts so if you have the kids just take that route!

Happy Hiking!

hiking
Thursday, May 15, 2014

I am nursing a bad knee so I thought this would be interesting and easy....which it was! Maybe I built up my expectations a bit too much on this one. Most of the photos people have posted for this hike are of other nearby trails, so I kinda felt jobbed when I just went a ways up a service road. It is wider than the street I live on and was to the top in no time. The missile base is interesting, but not much there. What saves this hike is the outstanding view that you get of just about every inch of Los Angeles!

hiking
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This is a easy hike with little to see from the fire and DWP roads other than spectacular views of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Great tracks for bikers.

hiking
Thursday, September 26, 2013

As another reviewer noted, you can drive all the way up to the missile site these days but that kills most of the fun...

Instead try parking below (dirt lot, open until 9), walking to the site (restrooms & running water for a stop) and then head out left and left again. You'll wrap around for another mile or so, get a great view of a distant downtown and can return directly or loop even further.

All said, it's pretty easy terrain although you can reverse parts to give yourself more of a climb and definitely rack up miles. Fully exposed so prepare for serious sun.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 18, 2012

i'm completely new to mountain biking and this was the first trail i did. it was challenging as a newbie, but it was definitely fun! at first it's a slight incline up and then there's a lot of downhill. there was one segment that had a lot of dips (that might be scary going down for a beginner), but it was still really fun!

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

You can choose to drive all the way to the site, or you can park at the water tanks about 1 mile below it on the road, we chose to do so today and it was a great hike up the fire road. It is a well maintained fire road with a gentle grade the entire way. You are treated to beautiful views of the San Fernando Valley on the way up. At the top, the Nike site is well preserved, though currently undergoing construction at the bathrooms and picnic area. Some of the signs are no longer legible unfortunately, but on the whole it is a beautiful and worthwile hike.

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