Visit the Secret Swing in Elysian Park

Elysian Park Swing

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.  

Pack List

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
Show More
RT Distance 0.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 360 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Missing swing 🙁

The views are nice. Unfortunately, the swing was removed. Still a place that you should visit for the scenery.

Awesome place!

Went there recently with my girlfriend. No one was there! It was around sunset and enjoyed the spot. The swing is on a little log but it's really cool! Highly recommend it for a little sunset adventure.


My girlfriend and I loved it up there no one was up when we got up! My dog enjoyed it as well she was able to be off her leash and run around! The view from on the swing is incredible try yelling out whatever u want when u swing over all the people down there let some steam out lol I highly recommend this spot for relaxing or a romantic date! Enjoy

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Secret Stairs Astro Loop

I learned about these remnants of Los Angeles history, just a few months ago. When I found myself in L.A. this past month, I decided to find some of these stairs, and find out what they’re all about.

963 Saves

Hike the City View and Walnut Forest Trails Loop

The City View and Walnut Forest Trails in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park are just outside of downtown Los Angeles, and are perfect for all abilities.

40 Saves

A Picnic Overlooking Los Angeles

Vista Hermosa Natural Park is part of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

1083 Saves