Old Zoo Trail

MODERATE 237 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, trail running, and horses and is best used from August until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.0 miles
561 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

trail running




20 days ago

Straightforward loop, with the Old Zoo as an interesting note about halfway through. Difficulty comes in length and long ups and long descents.

Go early and bring a hat because there are some unshaded parts.

Also do the part up the hills to the Old Zoo first, because the half near the highway is long and flat, and the hike up is both more tiring and more fun.

Great long hike though, I recommend it!

3 months ago

I wouldnt say this hike is 7 miles long. we parked in the parking lot right in front of the old park. it takes under 5 minutes to get too and 20 minutes to look through. there is a look out point up on the hill,which is a lot of fun to get too.

6 months ago

7 months ago

This an 8.26 mike hike, not a 7 mike hike. It also gets confusing when you get to the zoo area because you have to cross the parking lot and the grassy lawn to get the the crosswalk in order to get to the other part of the hike, which is where most of the horses go. We loved the first part but once you follow the side of the road then behind the Autry, it get boring.

7 months ago

First off, the address on this app is wrong and took you to a train stop 8 min away. Just type in “old zoo” info your phone.

This place is lowkey ratchet. I walked past it and didn't even realize, got lost trying to go up the upper zoo trail and found my way back. Even regulars say that they still get messed up trying to remember where it is, even though it's literally right next to the parking lot.

I thought it would have super cool graffiti, as I am a big fan of street art, but this was just poor quality vandalism. I thought it was a slap in the face to see that people had tagged the trees, rocks, and the signs that could point you in the right direction/tell you about the history of the zoo.

The old zoo itself was super dilapidated in a not cool way (can you say old ANIMAL PRISON). It also smelled terrible and I even saw a bottle of piss. Then there were these hoodlums blasting metal in the picnic area and hidden in pockets on the hills smoking weed and drinking beers, which they probably littered. I would probably come here if I was a goth kid in middle school trying to find a place outside my parents house to drink keystone ice and smoke cigs. Also, there's coyotes roaming around so that was also sketch.

TLDR: you will leave this place wanting to make sure you put on hand sanitizer and wanting to dart out promptly before dusk. And the hike itself was underwhelming.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

9 months 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.

10 months ago

No incline, dont see how this is moderate.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fun and creepy! Great for kids!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

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.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Very interesting hike! Good workout!

Friday, February 17, 2017

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

Monday, February 06, 2017

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.

Monday, June 27, 2016

It was a great mountain trail, great views all through out the trail, very good for running except this app doesn't put you exactly where you have to start, you'll need to find it on your own with a little exploration skills.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

It's wide and easy hike up and down.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Have gone on this hike several times. Very sad what the animals went through, but an awesome place now to explore. Always enjoy this hike.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

This app didn't take us right to were we needed to be. We asked a few people on exactly where to go because we up to see the old zoo. Once we started it was great! My friend and I went and we brought our boys who are 11. They had fun and you could spend hours here going on all different trails. Next time I'll do a little more research on exactly where to go for the trails. This was my first time using the app to get my to a trail. We'll be back to explore some more.

Friday, May 06, 2016

it was a bit difficult but it was a good experience and draining.

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