Hogback and Charlie Turner Trail

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Griffith Park

Hogback and Charlie Turner Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length2.5 miElevation gain800 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingRunningViewsRockyNo shade
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Cathy Phung
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Sydney Holm
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Obsessed with this hike! It was challenging but worth it. Go counter clockwise

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Tinna Thompson
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Did this hike today and I was terrified. It was much more challenging than I expected. Wouldn’t recommend it for your first hike ever but getting to the top was such an awesome feeling.

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Roberto Guevara
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More challenging than I expected but in a really fun way! Went counter lock like everyone suggests and in hindsight think it’s a better route — a little treacherous on the steep decline towards the end but fun! Heavily trafficked first half but I did do this on Saturday afternoon...

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Erika Escalante
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Don’t start clockwise the best workout is opposite

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Rastko Rakocevic
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Absolutely love dante’s view. Up climb is a climb- you may need to use your hands pending how tall. It’s a good workout. Downhill is easy

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Tessa Hayden
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Absolutely grueling, but worth it. Tons of trails to make up and explore.

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Mitch Burrow
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Fun trail. Really hard hike up the first half, but nice and easy on the way down.

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Jennifer Conway
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Hogback was scary to me. I took it from the East end from Riverside Trail. At first it was cool but then there was a gnarly incline. I needed to use my hands once. I don’t know if I think poles would have helped up but maybe if you dared going down. I came back down via the Observatory and it made a nice loop but I don’t know if I’d do it twice.

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Monique B
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Follow the map’s start point. Very rewarding hike. Physically challenging the first half but completely worth the effort. I went before the sun was up and did have a little bit of a rough time identifying the start of the trail so I definitely recommend a light source.

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Michelle Ruiz
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First part is challenging the rest was easy/medium

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Aisslynn Hotung
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Okay don’t follow my route. We didn’t see the reviews until after we started that you’re meant to start the trail counter clockwise. The trail going through the vista trail is chaotic. It leads to nowhere. There are a bunch of dead ends. Will try again at a later date.

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Bryan Frank
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Carlos Rios
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Es Fun trail! Definitely go counter clockwise. Beautiful views. Nice place to stop and catch a breather up at Dante’s View. There are picnic tables if you want to bring a snack! Wear good shoes on this one

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Mirna Khzam
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It was a good one! Definitely do it counter clockwise, and wear good hiking shoes

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Kevin Rendon
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amazing ascent!! I suggest walking sticks for a beginner! you at the top of the mountain it's an amazing view of Los Angeles. the downtown area. there is a lot of people so if you want to be alone go on the weekday. but the best part is you sent I repeat the ascent

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CJ C
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Beautiful, intense incline minimal tree coverings, quick descent

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Brytani Calzada
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This is a great, quick hike. I went counter clockwise like other reviews suggested, and did not find it to be scary at all. You have to be super careless to seriously fall off the ridge. Anyway...The trail takes you to Dante’s View which I always stop at. You can see views of the Observatory and DTLA. Finished the entire hike in under an hour. No matter which way you go, you will get some cardio in. Going clockwise is a steady incline all the way up, whereas counter clockwise is a bit steeper but shorter. If you’re in decent shape and have shoes with good tread, you’ll have no problem.

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Arshak sarkisyan
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Barba Mundial
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Map says to do it counterclockwise - follow the map. Starts off deceptively easy but then goes up a gnarly ridge - definitely doable, but slippery at times. Biggest pros are the views and the lesser amount of people on the trail, especially for being in Griffith.

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Jayme Nakashima
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Ruby Perez
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Super hard

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Thalia Ko
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Great trail and less traveled than some of the popular "walking trails." Like other reviewers said, do this counter clockwise even if you are not afraid of height because loose sand on the steep rock hill will make your hike not so much fun. I wore a very good pair of trail running shoes and I'm going to thank those shoes forever.

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Brent Williams
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I read one of the reviews saying that you should do this one counterclockwise which I did and agree. If you are going to do this one, definitely do it counter clockwise. The review also said you shouldn’t do this one if you have a fear of heights. I ABSOLUTELY agree. I didn’t think it was going to be that bad and it was BAD. I have a fear of heights but I have gone rock climbing before so I thought I could handle it and I had a hard time. It was super sketchy going up. It was overgrown and very steep. I can’t imagine if I did it clockwise and had to go down the super sketchy part. That would have been super dangerous and it felt dangerous enough going up. From what I can tell, there are a lot of other options to get to the same top of the hill with the pretty view. Just go do one of those instead.

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Josh McClintock
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Warning..if you are scared of heights..this trail is not for you. Also, because of where the parking is situated for this hike it begs to be hiked clockwise. But I totally recommend you do this hike counter clockwise. That is because there is the steepest and sketchiest section of trail that I have encountered in the park on the portion that turns off from the Hogback Trail. I made the mistake (I still had a great time though!!!) of doing it clockwise. At first it will seem quite boring walking on the streets next to the Greek Theatre. Then you get on the Observatory Trail and start to go up. Awesome views. It will lead you to that steep sandy rocky section of the Hogback Trail. Once you go up to the point..it starts to lead you down the side of the cliff. And this is where it gets sketchy. As soon as you start down you will come to a fork. On the right is an incredibly steep section with a lead pipe running through it. The left trail is almost as steep as well. Take the left trail NOT the right one with the pipe. It will still be very steep with loose sand over rock and you will be on the side of a cliff so be careful. The reason why I say do this hike counter clockwise is because it would be much easier going up this section than having to go down it like I did. Still an awesome hike and definitely got my pulse rate going. Can't believe it was only 2.5 miles.

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