Old Zoo Trail

MODERATE 201 reviews
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Old Zoo Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from August until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.0 miles
561 feet

dog friendly


trail running



1 day ago

Way too many horses and the trail is covered in horse $hit.

10 days ago

This was good. Started at train town walked towards highway. The back half after the old zoo is not flat. It gets hilly!

1 month ago

Long one but a good one. Old zoo ruins everywhere. Many movies have been filmed here. Free parking. The benches at the park are a plus.

2 months ago

No incline, dont see how this is moderate.

4 months ago

Fun and creepy! Great for kids!

6 months ago

I posted 3 pics of a mountain. It has caves. I've found several secret trail to get up there but idk if there's mountain lions or coyotes. Has anyone been up there ? Does anyone know the name? Please send feedback thanks

9 months ago

Lots of creepy old abandoned cages and confines to see. The stairs leading up to Amir's Garden is a great way to get in a quick cardio workout.

9 months ago

Ugh. Started from travel town and hiked along the trail next to the road through Griffith. Was fine for a while. Then you are dumped out in parking lot mess and tons of people. The last half of the hike you are hiking down the stupid horse trail not 5 feet away from the roaring freeway. Don't do the loop. Go back through the park and stay away from the freeway, unless you like breathing gas fumes. The zoo is cool is a depressing graffiti way. Why do I still live in this city?

9 months ago

It's ok.. old zoo cages.. kind of depressing.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Very interesting hike! Good workout!

11 months ago

Got pretty lost. But that's because I suck at directions! Pretty Erie but dope

11 months ago

Very easy and fun for kids to walk. We only walked one side, which was about 1 mile and 1/2. And we bumped into many friendly people, which was a plus.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Perfect Hike for Newbies

Sunday, November 13, 2016


trail running
Sunday, September 11, 2016

The old zoo was fantastic ! We had a surprise in one of our pictures around 9 pm.... A face appeared in a picture that we took!! Also up above the enclosures there is a lone cage... Something bad must have happened there because just in that area... The temperature dropped and the hairs on my neck and arms were on edge... I also had the sensation of spider webs brushing across my face... There was no trees in that area for spider webs... I've often heard that spider web sensation with out actual spider webs are usually an indication that there is a spirit around you or touching you.... That was the grand finally after being stalked in the mountains buy what sounded to me Like a big cat... The growls were very prominent.

Friday, September 02, 2016

The trail can be as long or as short as you want it to be, as easy or strenuous as you want it to be. However, the pay off is high. I have been on so many trails, and this one is definitely in the top three. The animal cages would not be the same, or near is neat, if it didn't have all of the graffiti. Great place to take pictures; minus the smell.

Monday, August 29, 2016

This is a fairly easy hike. It does not have much of an incline and what incline there is, is quite gradual. We parked over in the parking lot by the carousel and the golf clubhouse. There is a trailhead that starts there and takes you to the park where the old zoo is located. From there you can continue on the trail. We stopped taking this trail and head up to bee point. It looked more interesting then the rest of the old zoo trail. The old zoo itself is quite small and has been turned into a park. This hike would be a good hike for children. There is an actual park with grass for them to run around on. Also, they can explore some of the old exhibits. Bee point was pretty cool. Worth the trek up. The trail was a bit steep at points. Heading up to bee point, I would say is a moderate level hike for most casual hikers. It was overcast so the views were so so. But on a clear day, it would offer some excellent views of the valley. Happy trekking!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This is a nice leisure hike for beginners. It's about 2.5 miles with very little incline. It's a paved road. Good places to take pics and even pack a lunch.

Go to Griffith Park via Crystal Springs Drive. Look for the signs where it says Carousel parking. Right above the parking lot you see the the trail. To get to the Zoo, take the trail on the right or that looks straight. And stay towards the right. When you walk around the top of the trail he will start to see the cages and enclosements. Some of the structures have cool graffiti, so don't be afraid to climb, walk, or go inside them.

The end of the trail leaves you at the Bear enclosures, which is on the way toward the left of the parking. So you can decide to park closer to the end of the trail. and be closer to your car when your done. Or just walk back to your car across the parking lot.

Monday, August 22, 2016

nice trail. enjoyed the hill sections and the old LA Zoo area.

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