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Visit the Secret Swing in Elysian Park

Los Angeles, California

4.3/5
based on 14 reviews

Details

Distance

0.3 miles

Elevation Gain

360 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Tori Marsh

Parks in Downtown Los Angeles are a rare find, but Elysian Park is a hidden gem and an underrated park. The secret swing is a perfect spot to take pictures, have a picnic and swing over the 110 freeway.

For the most direct directions to the swing, plug in "Swing on top of Elysian Park" into google maps, which will take you directly to the trailhead. If you want to do it the more old fashion way, the swing is on top of a hill at the intersection of Angels Point Drive and Park Row Drive in Elysian Park. There is a turn out with about 5 parking spots on Angels Point Drive. Park there, and the trail will be directly in front of you! 

The trail is pretty steep but incredibly short, and really only takes about 5 minutes to get to the top. Make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes, as the trail is steep and can be pretty slippery. 

I have been there numerous times, and have always been the only group there, many people do not know that this exists! This is also a perfect overlook for those clear days after the rain. However, if you are looking for serenity, this is probably not the place for you as it smack in the middle of DTLA, overlooking the 101.  

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Features

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

Reviews

No swing as of 2/27/22. Just a stick hanging from the tree. View of DTLA is great from the top. Trail is rocky and slippery so make sure you are wearing the right shoes. There are a few parking spots, up the hill. Be careful, getting to the trailhead. You will need to walk along the road, down the hill, to get to the beginning of it. There will be cars that you will need to share the road with.

As of Oct 4th the swing is gone. Still beautiful views

Hi! Does anyone have any insight on when the swing will be put up again? I heard it’s gets taken down from time to time and then put back up. Any idea why? And when it will return? Hiked up there today and the views are incredible! Besides the missing Swing, it’s still a great place to visit. Thanks so much!

Its still a beautiful location, but the swing isn't there anymore.

This was a super cool spot! The view of Los Angeles was beautiful! There was actually quite a few people up there already, however it was spring break. My sister and I accidentally took the hard way up. But other than that it was an easy hike.

A lot of reviews say the swing is no more, but I hiked here on 9/30/18 and it exists now! The sunsets are amazing, and there’s some cool graffiti in the area. Bring a trash bag to help pick up some litter if you’re feeling generous!

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