Home to the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Park Observatory, the original Batcave, wild animals including tarantulas, coyotes, deer, red-tailed hawks, and a mature mountain lion … and more than 53 miles of trails in 4310 acres of surprisingly rugged terrain. This is one of the largest urban parks in North America and it’s right in the middle of L.A.

Viewing 14 of 14 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

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

Western Canyon

Western Canyon

Distance: 2.1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 571 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill

Distance: 2.9 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 556 ft

Difficulty: Easy

West Griffith Observatory Trail

West Griffith Observatory Trail

Distance: 2 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 580 ft

Difficulty: Easy

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

Mount Hollywood

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

Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 872 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

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

4 Comments

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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