Visit the Secret Swing in Elysian Park



0.3 miles

Elevation Gain

360 ft

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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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Very nice

No more swing

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

Any insight?

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!

They cut the swing down

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


Great spot

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