Glendale Peak Trail

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Griffith Park

Glendale Peak Trail is a 5.8 kilometer heavily trafficked loop 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: 5.8 km Elevation Gain: 254 m Route Type: Loop

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Northeast side of Commonwealth Canyon Drive. Golf course will be to the west. Dirt trailhead is just north of Vista del Valle Drive. To get to the lookout, take a right onto the dirt trail.

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11 days ago

Just coming back to the trails after quarantine, The feeling of nature is amazing great trail...

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20 days ago

Very hard going counter clockwise

20 days ago

I think this was the trail I walked.. unsure but it was pretty large, seemed to be the main trail everyone was walking towards, and looped back to the street parking area. Great place to take my leashed doggo! Quite a lot of people despite it being 8 on a Wednesday morning, wear a mask!

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20 days ago

Pretty fun loop overall! For being accessible and in city, with several different path start and end options, it’s a pretty entertaining trail. Definitely not hard by any means; I’d almost mark it as easy but I guess if you’re bringing the whole family it’s moderate. Speaking of which, there were SO many people at 8-8:30am and the trail is narrow so don’t expect any great covid isolation.

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bugs
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24 days ago

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2 months ago

Awesome trail! Good workout. Took about an hour and a half. Was a bit crowded though with everyone trying to get out of the house.

2 months ago

when we started out it wasn't raining, in about 200 yards it started coming down. I got a mile and a half in and realize my jacket wasn't waterproof and neither were my boots so I turned around but it sure is green in there

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rocky
2 months ago

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no shade
2 months ago

Took the trail counterclockwise, which worked well because it's consistently steeper on the way up, and more of a workout. You'll get beautiful green mountains and flowers on the way up, and great L.A. views on the way down. The trail is super wide, almost a road, and even when it narrows out it's always easy to follow. The uphill climb reminds me a little of Runyon Cyn, but not quite as steep. This is, however, a longer hike, so bring water. You'll park and begin just off Vermont Canyon Road slow and steady, and then you'll start to go up about a quarter of the way in. The steepest sections are more rocky than gravelly so footholds are easy to come by, and it doesn't feel treacherous. Don't miss the little out-and-back detour to Glendale Peak; just stop at the "Henry's Trail" cactus marker and go up the side of the little hill before taking the bridge to the Hogback. It's peaceful on a weekday, and worth the small climb. (The only downside is people seem to use the steepest area of that side trail to urinate and litter, so it’s wet and stinks at just the place someone, like a kid, might want to place their hands on the ground to come down the slope.) After the little detour you'll cross the bridge and continue to climb the Hogback Trail; at this point the incline is fairly relentless but infintely doable; the heat will be your worst enemy. It was cool at times and hot at others and I really, really, wished I'd been wearing convertible pants. Just past the halfway point when you hit civilization briefly and turn onto Charlie Turner Trail, it's worth taking the steps down to check out the little picnic area. I went off trail a little at that point and took some barely-there trails for fun (totally safe, not on the edge of hills or anything), then found some stairs that takes you back up to the main trail. The rest is all downhill, literally, and you get views of the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory, and all the criss-crossing trails surrounding the area. It really is beautiful. Going down is not steep at all. This is where you can take it easy and take it all in. A good 1.5 hour hike going at a reasonable pace and stopping to take a selfie or two or three. One star deleted due to trash along the trail. Other than that, highly recommend.

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3 months ago

Amazing panoramic views when you get towards the peak. The hog back trail portion is definitely difficult but a great exercise. Just come with water and take in the views

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3 months ago

Pro tip, if you want to park in the lot, get there no later than 8am. Challenging at times with a lot of uphill, but really enjoyed the buns workout! Took us about an hour and a half. Very heavily trafficked. I’d say, get there early then head down Hillhurst for brunch and coffee!

great trail. simple. not to hard. some soft gravel that can cause slipping. so be careful. otherwise amazing views.

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4 months ago

Pretty hike with small detours, great views of downtown, Griffith, Hollywood sign, and the valley

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4 months ago

Love this trail. Great views from Glendale Peak. There is very little shade and there are some steep, gravelly spots. I’ve done this trail clockwise and counterclockwise. Either way the descent is rocky. But we’ll worth it. Dog-friendly too, lots of people let theirs off leash but I’ve never had issues with that. Oh and there are hitching posts at the top so there are frequently horses up there too.

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

recorded Glendale Peak Trail

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rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

A great loop through Griffith Park. Tons of parking (as long as you go when there are no events at The Greek). Beautiful views on all sides.

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no shade
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Excellent hike. Great views. A good mix of flats and hills. Get to the trail head early (7-9am) for parking on weekends and holidays.

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4 months ago

Just finished hiking and it was a beautiful day. I will do it again. The only thing is very busy lots of people today other than that it was great experience.

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rocky
4 months ago

Great trail

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no shade
4 months ago

Great place to hike, run, picnic, workout etc... so many beautiful spots. You can go as far in and out or loop it.

5 months ago

Well kept trail with beautiful views and greenery (during December). Parts of the trail are more strenuous and uphill. The downhill part had some rocky and slippery segments. I recommend this trail for people who want to get a workout, but not overdo it.

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no shade
5 months ago

Beautiful day with clear views of DTLA, Palos Verdes, and Glendale. Trails were eroded from rain but mostly made of sand so not to hard to navigate. Lots of good inclines and very little shade so bring plenty of water and a hat. Trails get very busy so best to start early.

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5 months ago

Beautiful panoramic views of the city! The hike up to the top is a bit strenuous, but totally doable if you go slowly.

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5 months ago

Not my favorite hike in Griffith Park...but it's up there. Excellent views of the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory, Downtown, and the Hollywood sign.

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6 months ago

One of the best heart pumping trails in LA. Comparable to Runyon when you make it across the bridge but way way less populated! Great 360 views of LA and Burbank. Second half of the hike is all downhill if you’re going counter clockwise. Trail also connects with the Hollywood trail if you really want to hike the day away. Took me about an hour and a half with minimal stops. My small dog was able to do it but it’s pretty tough! Bring lots of water in the summer and during the afternoon! Such a great hike - one of my faves!

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