Ferndell Trail to the Griffith Observatory

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Ferndell Trail to the Griffith Observatory is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
567 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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.

1 hour ago

Nice hike in the city!

hiking
12 days ago

this hike was an absolutely wonderful way to spend a beautiful day took my little dog this time and he was a real trooper.I would rate this hike as moderate because we didn't stop at the observatory instead I decided to keep going to the summit of Mt Hollywood, not to be confused with Mt Lee which is where the Hollywood sign is.The 360 degree views are incredible, as is checking out the observator would be a great place to take friends from out of town,or your own staycation day trip and if you park on ferndell you won't have to pay 4 dollars an hour parking!Pack a lunch,water,and sun block.

walking
20 days ago

Simply love this place in its entirety

1 month ago

Enjoyed the short walk through the quaint park w/all the foliage & waterfalls. The trail was easy to follow & steep enough to get my heart rate up. There was a rest room on the way just in case!

walking
2 months ago

Great place for a long walk. The benches area plus. Drink coffee and unwind.

2 months ago

Amazing hike to the observatory

hiking
5 months ago

Great for kids! Hard to find parking.

5 months ago

All up hill, hardly any shade. Take lots of water during the Summer. Hollywood sign view and Griffith Observatory at the end of the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty fun. Nice lush area at the bottom. Parking is fairly do-able. Plenty of restroom access. Hike is mostly fire road, but some challenging grades. Fabulous reward with Observatory activities at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trek
Beautiful trees and bird watching
Best to go when cooler

9 months ago

this trail is awesome - if you're not in at least ok shape it'll be tough

walking
9 months ago

Nice walk. There's a couple of trails you can walk. The one with all the greenery and ponds is cooler as its shadier and doesn't feel so hot.

hiking
10 months ago

A good warm up before hiking the rest of Griffith Park.

10 months ago

So many trees, such a relaxing hike. Great different trails. One of my favorites

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Good workout for your legs and lungs. With an amazing view at the top.

11 months ago

Easy hike terrain wise- we did it at night and it didn't feel dangerous and was really pretty at the top. Great for a group.

11 months ago

Great trails up and down the mountain! I love Griffith Observatory so this one was a real treat. The hike isn't too demanding and is mostly flat on the way to the top. Would have liked some tree covering on the trail, because it was so hot the day I hiked, but it was still worth it. Highly reccomend this hike to anyone who's never been to Griffith Park/Observatory, and to any one (like me) who's new to LA. Don't forget to bring sunscreen!

hiking
11 months ago

This one was just okay for me, the city views I was expecting were mostly shrouded by smog, which just made me sad. The Observatory at the top though is amazing! And there are nice dogs all along the trail on the weekends.

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful walk up to the observatory. Took our 14 yo boxer and she did great. Coming downhill is a bit rough on the knees. Beautiful greenery and stream in the park after all this rain!

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