Scrub Jail Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 505 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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hiking
8 days ago

This is a very nice moderate hike with a few steep inclines if you chose. There’s a lovely little turtle pond as a nice destination and it is a satisfying short loop. Dog friendly. The gate that this hiked starts at was closed. Everyone was just crawling under. Leads to many different trails that are worth exploring.

hiking
no shade
scramble
11 days ago

First off - really fun mini escape from the city. Would even mark it as easy because it’s not that hard at all. And you get some nice views! Would not go down the steep part suggested for the final descent unless you are good at rocky scramble. Need to have good shoes and maybe a hiking stick for that. I did it but fell slightly. Nothing crazy but not super comfortable and would have been easy enough to loop back down the way I came up.

hiking
no shade
26 days ago

Great classic Florida trail. There is little shade so wear a hat. We only saw one scrub jay but, heard them all around. The children likely scared them. No dogs allowed is a bummer.

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy access conditioning trail. Plenty of trail options, short climb and descends make the trail interesting, great views of DTLA and San Gabriel Mountains and a pond at top. A sweet neighborhood find.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

The trail was moderate. The crowed is on top of the hill. It has great seating areas and it gives you amazing views of LA.

4 months ago

Reasonably good lil urban hike. Definitely enough incline to get your heart going! Good views along the way and great views in all directions at the pond at the top. The pond is a tranquil little bonus too; lots of turtles and ducks. I went clockwise & would recommend that; counterclockwise would be really steep at the beginning.

hiking
4 months ago

My husband and I live on the other side of town but we were passing through so we decided to stop and try this trail. The trail wasn't bad for an inner city hike. Parking was ample and the trail well marked. It is a moderate hike uphill so if you aren't use to hills, you may need to take rests along the way. At the top, the lake wasn't bad either but I noticed you can actually drive up pretty close to the lake. So if your goal is just to see the lake, save yourself the hike and just drive up, unless you really want a good workout. Overall, an okay trail but there are better ones in LA I would recommend.

hiking
6 months ago

Lots of ways to extend the trail to suit how far you want to go. The pond is a great gem at the top of the hill. Parking is easy and the visitor center has great bathrooms. Saw squirrels, chipmunks, lizards and a rabbit. Met nice people on the trail; not very crowded at all on a Friday afternoon. You have to know you’re getting a city hike. At one point I ran into a homeless encampment when I made a turn by the Arroyo bike path. Outside of that, it’s a great get away when you can’t get out into Altadena, Sierra Madre, etc.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Nice workout on mainly fire roads with very little shade. Plenty of trails to extend the mileage; great views of the city.

hiking
Mon May 13 2019

Lots of path options & serious inclines, with wide paths.

hiking
Fri May 03 2019

Challenging beginner trail - if you start going to the right and continue making right turns, about 70% of this is uphill. The pond at the top is heavenly and there were very few other hikers on this Friday afternoon.

hiking
Sat Jan 26 2019

I got there before they opened the gates. So I kind of freelanced it up from a trail I found behind the nature center. Amazingly There is a lake at the summit. Great vistas.

hiking
Tue Dec 18 2018

Beautiful views. A hidden gem of nature right by DTLA! I highly recommend coming to this trail

hiking
Fri Dec 14 2018

This is a nice invigorating hike as you follow wide and well maintained trails. There are great views of the Southwest Museum and the Los Angeles City skyline as you hike along to be surprised by a treat at the pinnacle of the hike... Peanut Lake!

hiking
Mon Nov 12 2018

Similar to a lot of the trails at Debs Park: steady uphill on fire roads, with good views all around from the top.

hiking
Tue Aug 21 2018

Nice hike overall.. the pond is a plus..I can appreciate this trail for years to come..eazy does it..

running
Mon Jun 04 2018

In terms of convenience, this trail is great. It’s close to downtown and you can do it in an hour or so. You can also take the side trails if you want something more scenic as well as longer. It’s been a great way for my dog and I to slip away and get some fresh air and exercise.

hiking
Tue May 29 2018

I think this trail as an easy hike. Not too steep and done in an hour. Had good shade around the lake but not all the way. Very dog friendly. In general it’s a good quick hike for a Sunday afternoon or something

hiking
Sun Jan 07 2018

It's a steady uphill battle with a pond that you can take a break at once you make your loop. Enjoyed it greatly. Bring a sandwich to relax at the park at. Very dog friendly

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