Run Griffith Observatory's West Trail

Los Angeles West Trail Loop

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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.

Photos: Ray Smith; Magda Wojtyra

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Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet



Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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3 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.

3 months ago

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