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
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RT Distance 0.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 360 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Swing Restored!

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!

It was good specially in summer

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Missing swing 🙁

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


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