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West Trail Loop

Los Angeles, California

based on 7 reviews



1.85 miles

Elevation Gain

463 ft

Route Type



Added by Clare Healy

Griffith Observatory's West Trail is a short loop trail for a great workout or run with amazing views over Los Angeles.

The trail starts near Dell Picnic area, near the Trails Cafe. On this wide fire road, you can choose to run or hike, but don't expect to have the trail to yourself, especially if you're heading out on the weekend. With that said, you can time your run or hike around sunset and get amazing views before you head back down to the car.

On the trail up, you'll be able to enjoy views of both the observatory and Los Angeles. While you're heading uphill, keep an eye out for a path leading up to the observatory. The trail isn't really well-marked, but you should be able to sort the trail out pretty easily given how visible the observatory is. To finish the trail, continue downhill on the loop back to the picnic area. If you're just getting warmed up, head out for one more lap.

Once you're all set, head to Cafe Los Feliz for a quick bite and your next cup of coffee.

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West Trail Loop Reviews

Love this trail. I take everyone that visits me on this trail. Moderately easy. You do need adequate footwear because it’s sandy and a little steep in a few places. Easy to slip down. Great views of the whole LA area and you can see a lot of the ocean on a good day. Also great bathroom/picnic/playground area at the start of the hike. Lots of shade at the beginning.

Best time to go is early in the mornings. It’s less crowded, easier to find parking, and it makes you feel like you have the place all to your self.

The observatory has wonderful views of LA and the coloring of the area around sunset is perfect for pictures

Beautiful and relaxing 😎

I found the trail to be best for a good hike. The view was amazing and while it was very crowded I still found the trail and destination to be a worthy and easy hike.

Good views of the city, and it makes you feel like you are out of the congestion of LA. We got here in the evening, and it was very crowded, but there view was worth it.

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