Explore the most popular 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.




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mountain biking
1 day ago

Idk who kept putting these trails were mtb friendly

mountain biking
1 day ago

Visiting from Northern CA...went by the mountain biking description above. Trail is not bike friendly.

Less of a trail and more of a wide dirt road. No shade, so bring a hat and plenty of water. Views of the city are stunning, but there isn't much else by way of pretty nature photo ops. Loved being able to go to the front and around behind the Hollywood sign, but doing both does add extra mileage, so be prepared. Iconic views from the sign itself. So glad I did this at least once. (And it only took 20 years of living here!)

nice walk in the park there are two ways to get up there a steep dirt way and a paved road very kid friendly

if you go early you can see all the turtles

I love this hike!! Bring at least two liters of water and a snack. This hike was 6.9 miles for me because I also went to Bronson cave and I recorded from the time I exited my car until I got back. It is an all uphill hike so go slow and steady. Wear a hat and put on sun screen. Enjoy!!

11 days ago

Great quick hike for a nice view of Bay Area and City all in one.

13 days ago

Just beautiful, serene , calm and amazing place !!

Great Hike.

90 Minutes return from trailhead to top going at a brisk pace. Very well marked, no need to download map. Incredible views.

Just did this hike this weekend and was disappointed to find that it wasn’t a loop at all. Went up the steep rocky side to the Wisdom Tree and was planning to come down the longer side of the loop as we had our big dogs and didn’t want to do the steep climb down with them. We passed the “trail” for the other side of the loop twice not even noticing it as it wasn’t an actual trail and no one was walking on it at all. Sent my husband to check it out to see if we could get through and or if it got better along the way but it didn’t, it just disappeared. Couldn’t go that way so had to take the dogs back down the steep side. That cut the hike shorter and was much more difficult with the dogs. Likely wouldn’t have done it if we had known that. Anyone know if there was a reason why that side of the trail would not be there or not be used by anyone on a Sunday? Otherwise it was a beautiful view from the top and could be a great LA hike.

18 days ago

Easy hike. Most of the elevation gain is at the beginning of the trail. I didn’t like how halfway through the trail turned into asphalt. I had to constantly be on the lookout for mountain bikers.

Instead of going down after Vista Viewpoint I took the trail up to Glendale Peak, Taco Peak and Mount Baby Bell. If you can tough out the climb I highly recommend it. Walking the ridge line you can stare at Griffith Observatory on one side of the mountain and Glendale on the other. A great view of all the other trails and the Hollywood sign. For this part I’d recommend some hiking poles.

Moderately trafficked and quite a few dogs.

Go-to park for short hikes with great views of LA, especially at sunset. There are lots of wild flowers and good chance of spotting wildlife (rabbits, birds, etc.). The trails have some steep hills for anyone looking for a nice workout.

There is plenty of free parking, clean bathrooms, water fountain and shaded picnic tables.

Nice trail.

21 days ago

You know your at the top when you see the “keep hammering” rock

This is short and steep. You’ll get to the tree first where you’ll see the huge tree to the right and American flag to the left. Keep going on the trail and it will lead you to the back of the Hollywood sign. Wear good hiking shoes as you might slip and slide on the way down and you do have to climb around some rocks. Awesome short hike!

22 days ago

This is my favorite trail in Griffith Park but I start this down by the pony rides/train ride. It makes the hike longer and more of a workout. Park down by the horses and walk across the street to the start of the hike, you can’t miss it. It will join up with other trails but eventually ends at Mt. Hollywood Summit which has amazing views of downtown LA and the observatory. If you take the hike from this starting point you don’t get the best views of the Hollywood sign.

Loved this hike!!

lovely place to spend day, feed ducks have pick nick, walk the trail.
They have modest gym equipment and a playground. Lots of parking. A quaint gem off PCH

Not dog friendly. No bikes. State park. So the area below (the field) can have dogs on leash. But no dogs allowed on the trail sadly :/

Great views of the Hollywood Sign!

25 days ago

Good uphill training but very short and not a lot of coverage. The wisdom tree is pretty neat and there are a few nice places to sit and look out over LA but nothing to write home about.

25 days ago

The north side of Topanga Park is great, but these caves are trash, covered in bad graffiti, garbage and beer cans everywhere, not kid friendly.

Great hike for exercise and views of downtown LA and the surrounding area! Once at the top you can take to an extra 0.8 miles across the mountain ridge to stand behind the Hollywood sign, this part is more challenging but definitely worth it!

It’s pretty sweet, keep going behind the Hollywood sign for Great views

Amazing view! Parking fee is a bit outrageous, but worth the hike once you get to see the Hollywood sign up close. Watch out for horse poop.

Wonderful scenery! If you start from the Griffith Observatory area, make sure to head left (descending) for a shorter route. Follow the trail to Mt. Lee to get a closer look of the Hollywood sign. Watch out for horse poop, though.

love this trail. extended to 5.8 miles.

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