Lake Balboa Trail

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Lake Balboa Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
6 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


road biking

trail running



25 days ago

Breaking in my new boots and beginning the slow process of prepping the family to go backpacking with the Boy Scouts.

Like another reviewer said, definitely more of a walk than a hike, but it’s outdoors & pretty.

trail running
1 month ago

Best to go first thing in the morning. This place gets crowded in the middle of the day but an easy trail.

1 month ago

Wonderful lake, good walk, beautiful birds

1 month ago

FYI: This is a park and it's for walking, not hiking, but it's beautiful.

Views: A lake, some ducks, swans, geese, dogs and kids.

Note: In Feb/March the Cherry Blossom trees are in bloom.

Parking: Usually isn't an issue but it's busier in the summer, on weekends and in the afternoon.

Warning: If you decide to park on the side of the road in the park, make sure that you PARALLEL park, otherwise, you may come back to a lovely parking ticket.

3 months ago

It's a walk, not a hike.

3 months ago

Amazingly beautiful

4 months ago

Nice hike along a lake. Great place to walk a dog. Lots of ducks and fish.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Easy access, lots of parking. Not too much shade but there's some. Good for when you need a quick, no-fuss workout.

5 months ago

Not really a hike, but great for a walk and/or jog!

6 months ago

Beautiful view

8 months ago

Good trail, Well traveled. This course is more of a walk than a hike, the trail is paved and on weekend you can reward yourself with a hot dog with bacon. There is bike rentals, kayaks, fishing, and snacks for purchase.

9 months ago

Little easy loop around a lake. Nothing amazing, lots of traffic here though.

10 months ago

One of my favorites, not only because it's conveniently located, but it also feels like you've left the city when you're on-site. It's hard to believe that the 405 is practically next door. This "trail" does get congested depending on the time of day/season, and because it has more of a "park" vibe to it, there are more kids and slow strollers enjoying the scenery than serious hikers/walkers looking for some exercise, so you'll have to do a bit of zig zagging around folks to keep a steady pace. That said, it's never stopped me from coming for long walks around the lake, enjoying the soothing site of the water while listening to a podcast after a long day at work.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This lake gets a fair amount of foot traffic but is relaxing to be by the water. The main photo shown for this lake is not in fact lake balboa. It is a nearby lake located st the Japanese Gardens in the Sepulveda dam basin area about a half mile east of lake balboa. The gardens lake walk is superb for relaxation and meditative meandering.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Beautiful lake area, a little crowded sometimes but there's lots of greenery, and you can rent bikes or paddle boats!

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's a nice park, plenty of paths to run on. My kids love it

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Good scenery but too many people for my taste

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A lot of ducks, geese, squirrels, and even a pair of swan. Nice easy hike, it was very peaceful.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This lake has some great perks: easy to walk, easy to get to, tons of parking, ducks in every part of the walk and super family friendly.

Overall I enjoyed the walk but there was limited shade, it was crowded (I went on a national holiday so most people had the day off), and it was a short walk.

I'm glad I got to enjoy a new place but I won't be coming back anytime soon.

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