Griffith Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the entire country, and home to some of the best hikes in Los Angeles, too.

At over 4300 acres, Griffith Park is four times the size of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and more than five times the size of Central Park in New York! And it’s a lot more rugged than those parks, too. Hike to Cahuenga Peak, the highest point in the park. Or take one of the popular routes to Mount Hollywood or an easy stroll through Fern Dell. And don’t forget to visit the Griffith Observatory or Autry Museum while you’re at it.

No matter what kind of hikes you’re looking for, you’ll find something perfect here in Griffith Park.

Visit the original Batcave, look out for tarantulas, coyotes, deer, red-tailed hawks, or the famous mountain lion P-22. On weekends, you can use the Parkline Shuttle to get around Griffith Park without a car, too. With more than 50 miles of trails that are good year round, you’ll have a great time on these Griffith Park hikes.

And oh yeah, if you’re looking for the Hollywood Sign, that’s here, too. So read up and then start hiking!

Viewing 19 of 19 Hikes

Berlin Forest

Berlin Forest

Distance: 0.3 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 58 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Amir’s Garden

Amir’s Garden

Distance: 0.9 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 275 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Bronson Caves

Bronson Caves

Distance: 0.6 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 68 ft

Difficulty: Easy

East Griffith Observatory Trail

East Griffith Observatory Trail

Distance: 1.4 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 383 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Firebreak Trail to Griffith Observatory

Firebreak Trail to Griffith Observatory

Distance: 1.3 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 511 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Beacon Hill via Cadman Drive

Beacon Hill via Cadman Drive

Distance: 2.9 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 556 ft

Difficulty: Easy

West Observatory Trail

West Observatory Trail

Distance: 2 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 580 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Western Canyon

Western Canyon

Distance: 2.1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 571 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Taco Peak

Taco Peak

Distance: 3.7 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 439 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Lake Hollywood Park and Innsdale Trails via Mulholland Highway

Lake Hollywood Park and Innsdale Trails via Mulholland Highway

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 492 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Glendale Peak

Glendale Peak

Distance: 3.1 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 723 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Hollywood Reservoir

Hollywood Reservoir

Distance: 3.3 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 50 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Mount Hollywood via Hogback Trail

Mount Hollywood via Hogback Trail

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 807 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Bee Rock and the Old L.A. Zoo

Bee Rock and the Old L.A. Zoo

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 574 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Three Mile Trail Hollywood Sign Loop

Three Mile Trail Hollywood Sign Loop

Distance: 3.5 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 507 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 872 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign Viewpoint

Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign Viewpoint

Distance: 4.1 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 847 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

The Hollywood Sign (Mount Lee)

The Hollywood Sign (Mount Lee)

Distance: 6.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1098 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

The Northside Loop

The Northside Loop

Distance: 6.8 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2493 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

5 Comments

Michael Oct 31, 2017 10:10

I'm considering hiking to Cathy's Corner from DerondaDrive trailhead. From map, looks like about 2 miles. Can anyone tell me what kind of elevation gain there is? Also, is that stretch of trails heavily wooded the whole way?

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Skyhiker Mar 20, 2017 16:03In reply to: Skyhiker

On checking LADOT's website, they're saying the route will run seven days a week, even though the Observatory is closed on Mondays. On the schedule section of the LADOT site, they say frequency will be every twenty minutes, seven days a week. Elsewhere on the route's webpage, they say every 20 minutes on weekdays, and every 35 minutes on weekends (which wouldn't make much sense).

The whole traffic plan for Griffith Observatory (of which the DASH route is a part) has been pretty fluid, with changes occurring frequently. The earlier phases (reconfiguration of the traffic pattern and parking spaces on East and West Observatory Roads) has rolled out poorly, and has created tremendous traffic jams, even on weekdays. They also had to re-reconfigure the parking spaces on West Observatory Road within two days of the first repainting, which reduced the number of spaces available on West Observatory Road, and created a bottleneck as you reach the Observatory parking lot. That's a problem, both for emergency vehicle access and for shuttle bus convenience. Currently, you can often walk up the mile from near the Greek to the Observatory faster than the shuttle (or your car) will take.

At any rate, this is the plan, as it currently exists. Next week? Who knows?

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Skyhiker Mar 20, 2017 13:03

Starting tomorrow (March 21, 2017), six-day a week (Tuesday - Sunday) LADOT DASH service to Griffith Observatory begins. Fifty cents from the Vermont and Sunset Red Line Station to the Greek Theater and Griffith Observatory. Thirty-five cents with a TAP card; 25 cents for seniors and disabled. Also, parking on West Observatory Road and in front of the Observatory becomes paid parking, $4/hour. Not sure if they plan to impose a time limit on parking there.

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Carla Feb 27, 2017 14:02In reply to: Dana Westmoreland

Good for you! I've done so many truck driver health screenings and they as a whole, have some of the worst biometric health indicators. Sounds like you're avoiding that pitfall. I wonder how the wildflowers are; planning to go next week.
Happy trails!

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Dana Westmoreland Feb 9, 2017 22:02

I'm a truck driver from Tennessee and was stuck in Ontario Ca so I rented a car and spent a Sunday on the trails and observatory . We loved it .

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Should You Hike Here?

With wildifres, smoke conditions, COVID-19, and National Forest and other public land closures rampant, please reach out to the land management agency in charge before you head out for a hike to make sure the trail is open and safe to be on.