Skyline Drive Trail to Water Tank

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Skyline Drive Trail to Water Tank is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whittier, 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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
885 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Hours: 9 am to 5:30/6 pm depending on the season. Please note there is minimal parking at this trailhead. Street parking is permit only.

19 minutes ago

Hike is great for a quick great work out. The problem is, gates open at 9:00am...really? During the Summer, I want to be done by then, not start. Also gates close at 6:00pm, which is crazy. obviously, the City of Whittier doesn't appear to want hikers, because how many people are off during hiking hours???

28 days ago

I went this weekend to try two spots in Whittier. This one had absolutely NO parking and all streets around are permit only. I will spend my time and breakfast dollars in a city that wants me there. Second spot was a bust as well!

hiking
1 month ago

Parking is horrible!!! I went there two weeks ago and then just yesterday, I’ve seen they posted more “permit parking only” signs! And no parking inside because they’re so many people! Needless to say the hiking is great, no shades at all!

1 month ago

I dig it!

1 month ago

send it

1 month ago

different roads, same target... where family can enjoy nature and keep fit

hiking
2 months ago

Good short hike up hill, interesting view of downtown LA, you are gonna need plenty of sunblock and water, no shade at all.

2 months ago

Too many people very trashy ☠️

hiking
2 months ago

Got a $75 ticket for leaving after hours (6:05pm). Sun wasn’t even down, super strict. It used to be a really chill spot to hike. No bathrooms.

3 months ago

Parking is horrible! Everything is permit only! Such a bummer...

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike about 4miles, but rules have changed. Parking is limited and so are the hours for hiking. 9am-5pm
Parking permit only on surrounding streets.
No restrooms

3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes when I’m in LA.

4 months ago

Very good uphill trail!
Cons:
No parking, street parking next to trail is permit parking only, you need to park on Beverly Blvd where there are no signs for permit parking. Closed on rainy days and the day after rain.

4 months ago

Very smooth trail for me

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike however it is no longer a loop. It is a there and back. Looking at the map the northwest ridge is closed and there is a 1,000 dollar fine for hiking it.

5 months ago

great uphill workout! take Mariposa trail for more gradual incline.

hiking
6 months ago

Good workout! Only bad thing is parking sucked other than that totally worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Different trails to choose from, LA view and very nice and friendly people.

6 months ago

Good workout!

6 months ago

parking sucked but all round an awesome day hike

6 months ago

I love it but a few minor annoyances. Parking is not close as there’s a teeny tiny lot. There is street parking several blocks away , the streets closest to Hellman are permit parking only. The hours are ridiculous. 9am to 5pm or 6pm depending on the season. I never biked in here but there is no biking allowed anymore. Also there were a few side trails that are a bit easier to get to the top. Most are closed off now.

It sounds like a lot of annoyances actually lol, but it really is a great workout and beautiful views if you don’t mind the other stuff.

6 months ago

I love this hiking trail

hiking
7 months ago

Nice heavily traveled hike. The uphill is very challenging. The problem is not with the hike the problem was with the city of Whittier wear myself and friends I hiked with all received parking tickets. There is no where to park only a small parking lot that is full. Where are you supposed to park to hike at this place? It was a very expensive hike I doubt if I will be back city of Whittier is taking advantage of people

hiking
7 months ago

Great Hike. It was my first hike in a long time, so it was challenging. View up at the water tower is spectacular. My hike down was serene as I took the trail that hugs the northwest side of the hill. Definitely be back again.

8 months ago

Moderate my a$$... Legs burning so totally worth it!!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a great trail to work on inclines!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail that will get your heart rate pumping. Great views in all directions. Gate to trail opens at 9 am.

hiking
8 months ago

It is a beautiful hike! I try to go a few times a week.

8 months ago

It is one of the most beautiful places for a good hike ! And safe !!

9 months ago

Nice local hike with a pleasant view of the ocean on a clear day. Can be very hot on a sunny summer day. ALSO BE SURE TO EXIT THE PARK'S GATES BY 6 PM (summer hours) sharp because a park ranger will lock the gates and ticket you.

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