Visit the Secret Swing in Elysian Park

Elysian Park Swing, Los Angeles, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    0.3 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    360 Feet

Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

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.

6 months ago
6 months ago

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

10 months ago
10 months ago

Great! Would have never known about this spot if it wasn't for The Outbound. No one else was around when we went up - we loved it!!

11 months ago
11 months ago

Tori Marsh Explorer

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