Run Griffith Observatory's West Trail
Los Angeles › West Trail Loop
Added by Clare Healy
Run this short loop for a great workout and 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.
- Running Shoes
- Workout Clothes
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
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
Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
Hike, Don't Run
Recommend for a hike over a run. Trail is rather steep, and steepest at the top. Trail ends at a luncheon lookout area. Can go up to the observatory from there, but the narrow sidewalk will likely be crowded.
More Adventures Nearby
Hike East Anacapa Island of the Channel Islands
Los Angeles / Island Packers Cruises
Leaving from either Ventura or Oxnard via Island Packers, this full-day hike is in the middle of the Santa Barbara Channel on a small island, about one hour from Los Angeles by car and one additional.
Hike to Big Tujunga Canyon Lookouts
Los Angeles / Condor Peak Trailhead
Park at the Condor Peak Trailhead, please note that this trail head is unmarked so keep your eyes peeled on the right side of the turnout for a small single track trail.