It's a long hike that requires lots of water and sunglasses or a hat. The first half was on a wide fire road, but most of the last half included a very long decline which I could feel in my shoes and legs. The decline is shaded and narrow so we had to go off to the side very often to keep a distance among those passing us. It felt good to see the ocean and put my feet in the ocean at the beach. We parked near the trailhead and took an Uber back. The restroom midway was closed.

This is a good bike ride along the river, but it could be better if there weren't so many homeless encamped along and in the river. Too much trash & occasionally bad odors to deal with.

hiking
bugs
over grown
14 days ago

Trail isn’t as hard to follow as some other previous reviews have noted but it’s definitely “rustic” - pretty overgrown at points and LOTS of poison oak lining the trail. Pants are a must. All that said, it’s a really fun and interesting hike if you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind ducking some plants and bugs. Very few people on the trail and it definitely feels remote. Some incredible views too. We did the canyon first and it was definitely nice to have the fire road and no overgrowth as the finish to the hike.

Took this trail all the way down to Sunset and then back up. Stopped at Gelsons in the Palisades to refuel on snacks and water. beautiful views. Pretty empty trail except for the portion that's closest to Temescal Park. Most of it is a fire road with options for side trails that go up and down the hills adjacent to the fire road. The side trails are a little overgrown but passable and they add a little extra challenge if you want it. Free parking at the top of Reseda Blvd and plenty of it.

hiking
bridge out
off trail
washed out
16 days ago

Nice dog friendly trail that is a combination of a bridal path and a river walk/bicycle trail. Would probably be a good jogging trail due to the sandy bottom.

went from the end of Mulholland all the way down to Will Rogers beach, along the ocean for a bit and then back up on Wilshire through Santa Monica. The trail down to the ocean was absolutely beautiful and easy to follow. Bring plenty of water!

Tons of homeless encampments along the river in the bushes. Use the buddy system. Plenty of parking.

I chose this trail since it’s only a 15 min commute from doorstep to parking lot for me. On that note, there was a ton of parking. Several trails I have done, I’m parking my car on shady side streets before a mini hike just to the trail. I got here at 10am and there was plenty of free parking. There is a lot you can pay a little closer to the starting point but it saves you maybe .25 miles or less. As you begin the trail, you come to the junction of your first loop. I chose to go left which had nice scenic views of downtown and was a bit downhill. At the junction of the second loop, I also stayed left which ascended up the side of the mountain through off and on foliage which offered great views of topanga state park. Eventually you get to hub junction and instead of looping back, I stayed straight toward Temescal point. Not far from hub junction is a little path on your left to get up to cathedral rock which is a nice spot to rest and get great views of the area. About 2 miles from cathedral rock is a fork in the road to stay straight, go slight right down into topanga park or go right onto this short random trail that dead ends but offers a gorgeous view of topanga state park from 2000 ft and creates a perfect selfie moment! After that I went back to hub junction before beginning to loop back around. At hub junction I stayed left since this would take you on the part of the loop you haven’t completed from what I mentioned earlier. This starts taking you to eagle rock but eventually you make a sharp right onto garapito canyon trail. Please NOTE, it is this trail ONLY that things are overgrown. If you just stop here and double back, you will avoid absolutely any and all overgrown areas. If you go through, it can be grueling at times as you are ducking under branches and jumping through thick brush. At some point things are overgrown in a way that if you try and go around it, you become dangerously close to the edge of the already narrow trail. There is a creek midway to rest and a few spots for photos that offered a great lord of the rings vibe. Once you get to the end of garapito canyon trail and reach the junction to loop back to the parking lot, there is no more overgrowth. I did this trail on 5/23/2020 so it’s as up to date as it can be. I hope this review helps! ***Looking for hiking buddies if interested***

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Echo previous reviews about it being overgrown (ridge trail only), and this keeps progress slow and other people away. So, pretty peaceful if you wear long pants and decent terrain shoes/boots.

Great way to pass an afternoon! Super easy. Would recommend.

Since they just reopened the trails today it looks almost untouched.

on Atwater River Walk

hiking
2 months ago

Fave in LA

road biking
no shade
2 months ago

An urban bike trail between the L. A. River in a cement bed and the 5 freeway. The river has a surprising amount of wildlife- ducks, herons, sandpipers... some homeless along the way but withdrawn. Very sparse of riders now. Nice ride before sunset. Hot in summer in middle of the day. A pleasant ride- not beautiful but a few moments of beauty along the river. After winter it needs a clean up. Well maintained bike way.

An excellent trail with beautiful scenery and horses!

hiking
4 months ago

Homeless people, tents, trash, and giant dumpsters that haven’t been emptied in many many years. Thumbs down.

The directions to get you to this hike drop you off in a residential area to park 1.3 miles from the start of this trail so add on 2.6 miles to the total distance of this one. You start out on a bridal trail trail with signs that say "no bikes allowed". Just before you get to the gate where the hike starts there is a tunnel that goes to Griffith Park..... Might be quicker and better to park over there. After you pass the gate biking is allowed. This trail is best used for biking and roller skating because it is so flat and long. As a hike I found it to be incredibly boring. For most of the hike you have the freeway on one side and the smelly trash and debris strewn river on the other side as you walk on a paved bike path. There are quite a few homeless encampments along the way as well. Especially between Colorado Ave and Los Feliz Ave. I did come across a few cool spots. The best being a hidden skate park in Frog town on Marsh st., the Spoke Bicycle Cafe in Frog Town as well, the Sunnynook River Walk near Atwater which is a short little nature trail that branches off from the main trail and helps break up the monotony of the rest of the hike. And even though the water was filthy it was nice seeing so many different kinds of birds thriving. The last half mile or so of this hike is closed. I clocked 15 miles total out and back.

If you like horses then this is the trail for you! 3/4 of this trail is on a horse trail with deep sand next to bunches of stables. The rest is next to the river.

Slightly overgrown at parts, but easy to get through. The tree covered trail was perfect after the open sun-covered fire roads.

There are much better trails for hiking in Griffith Park. This one is awesome for trail running.

Easy trail that goes down by the river and then around a golf course. There is also a little nature area that is nice before the golf course. Would be best for trail running or dog walking.

mountain biking
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Best at late afternoon or early morning. It's nice seeing the families of birds feeding in the river. It sucks seeing how much garbage is strewn about in the vegetation. The first half of the hike is a nice walk with benches and is very pretty with the fall colors. The second half after you cross the bridge puts you on the bike path.

hiking
6 months ago

I was going to give this hike 1 star but I saw so much weird...stuff...that it gets an extra star. If you like graffiti, then this hike is for you! It's one thing to see it on walls and whatnot...but on a tree...gross. Starting at the AllTrails map starting point where you will most likely be parking your car..there are signs announcing "Bowtie Project this way". There is a hole in a chain link that goes next to the railroad tracks..that is not the trail I found out hahaha. Take the street to the end past the storage unit place and that's where it starts. A couple miles on a dirt road out and back next to the L.A. river. Very strange wooden and metal structures covered in graffiti. Some of it looks pretty cool. There is access to the bike path that goes along the river. A helicopter landed while I was there. Some park rangers showed up and gave the people a tour of the area in their trucks. Then they got back in the helicopter and flew away. Weirdest hike of the year.

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