Lake Balboa Trail is a 2.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.1 km Elevation Gain: 3 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

running

lake

partially paved

Please Note: Bikes are not allowed on the Lake Balboa Trail.

nature trips
10 days ago

There are so many water birds here. An open space with various types of trees scattered is accessible from here. Lovely.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy to run and great for family outing be safe stay healthy

3 months ago

This park has a nice sidewalk that hugs the lake. Easy walk, no inclines. The bird poop however is quite a problem. There are thousands of ducks, geese, and pigeons everywhere and they tend to poop on the sidewalk. so, you spend much of your walk dodging piles of it. It's a sport by itself. There is a lady with a golf cart and powerwasher trying to make a dent in the problem. After she finished the first section of sidewalk the lake water was beyond gross. Even though I saw one sign that said, Don't Feed The Ducks, I spotted a man doing so just beyond my vehicle. This park and trail have definitely gone to the birds. yuck!!

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of bird poop along certain parts of the walk but otherwise it’s a nice walk around a lake. This is paved so not your typical dirt trail. Easy with lots of sunshine! Plenty of leashed dogs also walking the trail so a good socialization opportunity.

hiking
4 months ago

Pleasant walk and lots to see

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail for anyone who wants a short, easy walk. Great for beginners. Land is mostly flat. Lots of ducks, geese, etc so beware of bird droppings.

hiking
4 months ago

A lot of bird poop around the lake, but it’s to be extremely expected. The park rangers do nothing about tourist feeding the ducks or people using amplifiers to play music, though there are signs posted prohibiting both. One gets the feeling that no one is really watching

running
fee
4 months ago

Took all three dogs. All three dogs did great. Especially Lindy… She probably walked 2 miles. Definitely bring all the dogs back here during the week. No weekends.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice!

running
5 months ago

Simple little jog around the lake, the moon was out so it made the lake glow a bit. Not much of a challenge unless you decide to run around the golf course as well

walking
bugs
over grown
8 months ago

very nice beginner hike. dogs on leash okay. frequent drinking fountains. lots of shade and benches to rest.

hiking
9 months ago

Loval favorite

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful walk. very easy. flat. no shade.

hiking
bugs
no shade
10 months ago

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

Lots of cool ducks and birds to see! What a lovely place to bring your family for the afternoon!

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Nice morning walk

Wed Mar 27 2019

For an easy trail in the valley this is it! Nice walk or jog or bike ride at your own pace. The paved path goes around the lake and is wide enough that people or bikes can pass with ease. Great if you're just starting out with walking, jogging or biking. Pleasant surroundings and low noise level. Closes at dusk so get there before then.

hiking
Tue Feb 26 2019

Nice place to take my pup for a walk after all the rainy days our favorite hiking spots have been too muddy. This is concrete, but has grass around and the nice lake area with wildlife

Thu Feb 07 2019

A very pleasant stroll. Also, great fishing. Just don't eat the fish!

walking
Sat Oct 27 2018

walking
Sun Jul 08 2018

To call this concrete walkway a trail or this walk a hike is a blow off the water lie. This is NOT a trail, but a concrete walk build around a human made lake. Often times, depending on time and day, it is over crowded. Not uncommon to run into groups of three or four people walking next to each other taking the whole path and blocking others. you have to ether ask them to move or go around them. Complete disregard for others. Not surprising, people often do that on the bike path around the park, why not here? The best thing about this walk is to watch the ducks swans. But at the same time it can be upsetting. I have seen plenty of people feeding them even though there are signs that clearly state not to do it. It affects their migration habits and it is illegal. But people do it anyway. I suppose some people think signs and laws do not apply to them. Perhaps my review is a bit more “negative” than others, but I crew up in the Valley and have frequented this park and many others and I have seen this park go from bad to worst. More and more people and people using it few good parks we have in the Valley in very selfish ways. At the same time I am not one to sugar coat things. Yes, it’s a pretty place with some beautiful animals, but it does have it’s downfalls. Unless it’s raining, do not expect to spend some nice quite time. If you want some alone time and quite time, just you and nature, this is not the place for you.

Mon Jun 25 2018

Great for social walk. Great run for beginners. About 1.3 miles around the lake.

walking
Mon Apr 23 2018

Ducks and swans in the lake. Bird melodies. Pedal boat rentals. Finding parking on the weekend can be difficult.

Mon Feb 12 2018

Most know you can easily turn this into a 5 mile urban hike. I actually loop the entire Sepulveda Basin, starting at the golf course heading west to Balboa, take the bike path north to Victory, then east to Woodley, and south on Woodley but go over into the Wilderness Preserve and come out on Burbank, cross Burbank and head west to the Dam, you'll see it. After hitting the Dam, head north, down along the LA River..you'll come up under Burbank Bl. again, and out to the top. Head west on Burbank back to where you started...6 mile loop. Many people do this..but don't go across to the wilderness trail, to the dam, and call it a day at 5 miles. I do it all the time..like 12k steps, in about 2 hours. Great little trek to keep your legs, lungs and heart hike ready.

walking
Fri Feb 09 2018

wouldn't consider it hiking, but walking instead. the scenery near the lake but there are a lot of homeless encampments in the bushes and graffiti on the bridges.

walking
Fri Feb 02 2018

Good spot just to take a walk after work. A lot of things to do; bike riding, fishing, play park for kids. Plenty of space for BBQ and activities.

hiking
Fri Jan 26 2018

it's a nice walk around the lake, mostly all concrete sidewalk, but you can walk on the grass. it's gets hot during the summer, but is nice this time of year. The paddle boating is fun but the water can have a funky smell, from being stagnant and recycled. There is also fishing from anywhere with grass.

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