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Observatory Trail Extended Loop Trail

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Griffith Park

Observatory Trail Extended Loop Trail is a 5.9 mile 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.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,171 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers
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Vignesh Patel
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leah bia
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WalkingGreat!No shade

easy, but always crowded/popular

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Vince Slevin
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Carlos Guerrero
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muy bueno como para mantenerse en forma, hermosas vistas lo recomiendo.

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Travis Phipps
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great hike! I didn't miss the loop this time :).

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Arnoldo Gomez
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Great trail, scenic views, see observatory. Must See. Must pay for parking where you can find it. Get out and hike!

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Don Thomas
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This loop offers views to the north, south, east and west!

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Randee Rosenberg
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Great workout. I parked on a side street in a residential area. I did the trail counter clockwise and it’s very challenging in the beginning and coming back up the bottom loop. I followed the route above and it ended up being 7 miles even. Fairly crowded now on the weekend and I got there by 8:30am.

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Carly LaVigne
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I followed multiple trails and started in a weird spot. But the weather and views were beautiful!

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Josh McClintock
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Classic Griffith Park hike that has awesome views of downtown, the Hollywood sign, and the observatory. It's going to be crowded, steep at times, and no shade..so plan accordingly. My only gripe about this particular trail is the extra loop that goes down by the Ferndell area at the bottom left corner of the map. Totally skippable.

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Raven Trelles
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Very relaxing trail that connects to other trails around in Griffith Park!

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Brandon Richards
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Go counter clockwise..... much better workout.

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Theresa Klaassen
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Lots of wildflowers April/May, the ridge is the best part the rest is pretty crowded.

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Rachel Chavez
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loved it..super close to my besties

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Art Thomas
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Started at LA Live Steamers , up Rattlesnake trail head, past Toyon Canyon land fill to the observatory. Reverse course via Mt. Hollywood. Nice moderate hike, met pleasant people on the way.

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Zack Dinerstein
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Awesome trails. Bring plenty of water for the dessert heat. Almost no shade the entire trail, so you'll wanna bring plenty of sunblock and a hat.

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Liz Mack
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Awesome! But good luck finding a place to park. :/

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Zack Dinerstein
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Great hike. Challenging on a hot day.

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Marco Schmitt
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The thing I like about the Griffith Observatory trail and connecting trails is you can choose to take the more vertical shortcuts rather than walk around the loop. I feel some burn in my butt cheeks. Then if I feel lazy afterwards, I can just walk the trail. It's super dog-friendly as well, though almost all dogs I've encountered have been off leash. That said, I haven't had issues.

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Jaimi Zwerling
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This was a great trail but not easy. The first 2 miles on the east side of the trail is really nice but after that the 1600+ elevation gain was pretty steep at times -- I wouldn't recommend it for small children or beginning hikers. I noticed a lot of the 5 star rating were by hikers that went out and back but didn't do the full 6.8 full Loop.

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W. Gabriel Montoya
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Great stretch of the legs. Go as far as you want before turning back or just finish the loop..... Great views. Good beginner trail.

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Sasha Brown
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Beautiful hike!

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Pilar Luevano
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Beautiful as always

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Kristiane Norris
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awesome view of pretty much all of los angeles. went on a monday and the trail going up towards mt.hollywood was really busy with tourists. i imagine the weekends here are completely packed with people. most of the trails east of the observatory were beautiful and a little less traveled than the latter.

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Sar For
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Great views and easy wide trails

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David Acevedo
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It was a great hike for my 4yr old daughter and l. Lost of fun and the views are awesome

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