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.

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  • Workout Clothes
  • Water
  • Phone/Music
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Activities:

Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic

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5 months ago

Good location but crowded

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.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Good Views

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.

5 months ago

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Added by Clare Healy

Adventure storyteller, outdoor explorer, and taco eater from the west. If you're in the California area, let's go on an adventure.

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