Ferndell to the West Observatory Loop Trail to Griffith Observatory

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Ferndell to the West Observatory Loop Trail to Griffith Observatory is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length2.5 miElevation gain613 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestPartially pavedViewsWildflowers
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Getting There

Ferndell (aka Fern Dell) is a woodsy glen at the lower end of Western Canyon in Griffith Park. Your destination is the historic Griffith Observatory.

From Los Feliz Blvd. (one block east of where Western Avenue terminates into Los Feliz), turn north onto Fern Dell Drive. See the hike description below the for details from here. You can use the address of the Trails Cafe in your favorite online map program for specific directions: 2333 Fern Dell D

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Sarah Marie Arnone
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loved it!

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Diana Bello
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Javier Savinien
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Kinda sucks

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JP Vergara
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Heavy traffic. Tough to find parking on a Sunday afternoon but someone will typically be out of their spot from the morning

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Ash Mendez
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Easy but steep most of the way up. Quick trail, very pretty.

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Selena Trager
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Beautiful trail, a little busy on the weekends but still very peaceful. Came here with my little nieces last Saturday, found a bunch of crawfish in the creek. Great trail for families and small pups, lots of parking at the lot near the playground.

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Jose Alamo
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David Profumo
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Nice walk, not too steep. Good amount of hikers out this morning, most in masks. The view was beautiful! The sky was so blue this morning, not much smog.

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James Rios
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고은 최
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Samantha Reyes
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Very scenic nice views however once u hit the dirt it’s all pretty much uphill so I didn’t make it all the way up but with breaks or if you’re an experienced hiker you should be fine lots of people too so it doesn’t seem too deserted, parking is a little rough maybe getting there earlier might be better but I found some eventually

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Olivia Henigman
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All the way uphill one way- minimal shade on the trail, so it’s challenging in heat! But going down is a breeze. The payoff is incredible and the creek at the end of it all was serene. Big fan! Will take family and friends when it’s safe

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Anica Corpin
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Done this hike a few times now and love that it’s a quick moderate workout to the top. I went on a Saturday during pandemic so it does get busy later in the mornings around 9am. So if you’re trying to avoid crowds I’d go around 6 or 7am. Most people were wearing face masks. The views up top are great especially during sunrise.

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Marisol D
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This was the first hike my mom did with me. it was pretty easy to do and the observatory is pretty cool. no shade so bring proper sun protection. for more information check this video out. https://youtu.be/kryXm0s7UYE

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Leiana Ruiz
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Awesome and safe

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Laura Contreras
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AllTrails User
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Nice views but pretty crowded. Not too difficult, if you pace yourself.

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kai shunider
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Worth a while

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Bree Sherry
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Alma Carr
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Sunny and a bit cool when starting but a great way to start the new year! lots of people out, but trail is wide. Continued on to My. Hollywood Summit, which was a nice treat, and came down a different trail.

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Julio Sandoval
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Martin Escarra
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It’s short and a little boring. Somewhat crowded, but nice views.

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Rachel Cerdenio
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It was easy but with enough incline to get your heart pumping. Keep going because you will be rewarded with insane views of LA!

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Susi Pineda
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Amazing!

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Arshak sarkisyan
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Wendy Both
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Steep uphill to the observatory. Insane views up top.

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andrew takahashi
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T Sold
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Pleasant, quick loop with great views and just enough incline to feel like Little workout. Plus, there’s a bakery at the bottom.

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Jennifer Conway
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The dell part was easy. Lots of shade. Crowded but quite. A nice place to meditate. Loved the Observation loop but I didn’t think it was all that easy. While it’s not long and it’s a nice unpaved path... it’s a nice gain in a short distance. Well rewarded by the multitude of vistas throughout and an occasional spot to pause in a pitch of shade.

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Nayeli B
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Beautiful 

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