Explore the most popular river trails near Los Angeles with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was good. Not dirty, kiiiiinda pretty. Great for beginners! I'm glad it's close to my house! :)

Great moderate hike. I am 45 and fit but I def felt it the next day. I live in Tarzana right below the trail head at Marvin Braude Gateway. I left the house on sat 7:30am and it was buzzing with bikes and hikers on the valley side. The middle stretch I had mostly to myself with the occasional random human being every 30 mins. It was very busy on the Temescal Trail portion. Took me 3.5 hours to reach the beach at Will Rogers. Beautiful trails. Mostly fire roads on the valley side that change to goat paths along the ridges and canyons of Topanga / Temescal. The worst part was walking Temescal Canyon Road to get to the beach.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice urban walk on a paved bike trail following a surprisingly lush stretch of the L.A. River. On a short walk, saw lots of waterfowl: cormorants, egrets, herons, ducks. The water looked inviting, but I didn't pack my hazmat suit.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy to follow, wide track trail starting at the pony rides/miniature train station. Most of the climb is moderate, till you get to the short but steep single track to the summit. There are lots of signs, and the trails are well maintained. Not the best views of DTLA, Silver Lake, and Burbank, but worth it if you're close.

I don’t know why it says dogs on leash are okay..:when you get to the end of the trail at Temescal Canyon Rd, there are signs that say no dogs allowed. The trail was nice until the last 3 miles where it was all down hill. What goes up must come down, I guess!

birding
10 months ago

great walk through the revitalized LA river.

horseback riding
11 months ago

I ride this with my horse once week, year round. The river here is home to many encampments, so please don't take it on at night without a buddy. You'll hear the traffic from the 5, and the river here has dangerously high levels of e. coli. so please don't go in! In fact, I inspect my horse for any cuts before we walk across to get to Griffith Park.

trail running
Sunday, November 26, 2017

This is more of a jogging trail.

The coolest thing about this trail.......BUNNIES! I do this run at daybreak and have counted up to 51 bunnies!

hiking
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nice easy hike for beginners or with kids. Partly shaded which is welcome on hot sunny days. Good training hike option for seniors.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

First half is cool and the summit is nice, particularly around sunset. But the hike falls apart in the second half. The trail is barely there at times so you'll find yourself scampering down loose dirt and rocks, ducking under bushes to stay on the trail. You might want to pick a different route after Beacon Hill. There are a few choices.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nothing much to look at. Kinda boring.

This isn't a great running path. You are completely boxed in with the freeway on one side and a river on the other. Since it is a long straight path there are bicyclists racing down the path. I found the whole run kind of anxiety inducing.

walking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Nice easy walk to distract yourself.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

smelly and littered with nothing to see.

Monday, December 26, 2016

best part of the LA river. good for dogs off lead on east side of trail

walking
Monday, August 08, 2016

This is a really easy bike path. It's paved well and can easily take a stroller. You can park on the streets by Oso Park. There are entrances all along the way.

There are lots of people who clearly got off of work downtown, put on their sneakers, and headed out to get some exercise.

walking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Nice views of LA river

walking
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Boring, flat but convenient with plenty of shades.

walking
Friday, May 29, 2015

great for a short walk in the early evening, watch the ducks swim by. there is a footbridge that takes you across from Atwater Village to Griffith Park.

hiking
Friday, October 18, 2013

This trail is long, straight, flat, and wide. It is therefore ideal for cross country/track work out, 5K runs, and bicycles. It is also good for walking and jogging with or without animals and children. However, there is no way to loop back across the river west of Balboa Boulevard. Bicyclists can connect from the starting point to the Orange Bus Line biking trail which connects the East from the west San Fernando Valley.

birding
Thursday, March 21, 2013

A great little "get away" right in the middle of the city. Lots of birds, nice walk. Can be very beautiful in early morning or at sunset.

trail running
19 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

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