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Griffith Observatory Hike

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2800 East Observatory Road Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800
http://griffithobservatory.org/visiting/directions.html
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One of the most popular hiking trail in L.A. great view and close to the city.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Super easy short hike up to the observatory. Dog friendly and not as crowded as the other hikes. Parking and a cafe by the entrance.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

The hike is ok and pretty easy. It just wasn't very aesthetically pleasing as I hiked up there. The view is nice, but much better at night. I think the pollution ruins the view.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This scenic hike starts in Griffith Park before you march up and over the dirt hill until you reach the Griffith Observatory. It’s a steep, yet fairly easy climb and your glutes will thank you in the morning. The 360 degree view at the top is just icing (the fat-free kind), plus you can flex your muscles at all those softies who DROVE up here.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

There are many trails inside of Griffith Park, good for both beginners or expert hikers! The views are amazing!

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I guarantee that the view from up here is AMAZING!!! You definitely have to come up here at least once, the museum is free and they have a cafe with the most delicious salads ;)

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Local from Azusa, California, USA

One of my FAVORITE scenic hikes with beautiful views of LA!

If you are looking for a nice beginner hike with scenic views of Los Angeles the Griffith Observatory hike has everything to offer and more!

When you arrive, you can find parking available along the street on Fern Dell. Come early because it tends to fill up quickly around 10am on the weekends. There are several trails, but for the shortest trail that takes you directly to Griffith Observatory you will have to follow the trail to the restroom (little white building near the playground area) and make a right to cross a bridge. Once you cross the bridge, the trail will take you straight up. The hike is about 2 miles round trip and very steep at some parts, but otherwise the trail is wide and open. You can see views of the Hollywood sign, downtown LA, and they say on a clear day you can even see all the way to Catalina.

The only bad part of the hike is that there's very little shade so be sure to bring a hat, lots of sunscreen, and plenty of water. At the end of the hike you can visit the Griffith Observatory which is always free entry and the AC inside will surely cool you down after your workout. You can also stretch and rest on the lawn outside the observatory.

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Bring sunscreen, water, hat, food for a picnic (or visit Trails restaurant)

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the most popular hiking trail in L.A. great view and close to the city.

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So it was Independence Day and I didn't have the munchkin and nothing planned. I found out my hiking buddy Neil had nothing happening either. So I was like lets go for a hike and he was down. We talked about potential places and decided on this hike as some of our friends didn't want to do this hike also.

So we met up about 8am before the heat and Griffith Observatory was already poppen! The lot was practically full of observatory and hiking visitors. Talk about a bunch of early rising weirdo's... then again I guess I am one of them sometimes =\

Pro Tip #1: Park at the observatory if you can. You can also park down below for an extended hike and an additional altitude gain if you want.

The hike itself is the beginning 1/3 of the Hollywood Sign Hike. The path is well worn and can be dusty but that only makes it less hard as your feet are pounding down as you climb up the firetrail.

Pro Tip #2: There is a rest area with a doggie drinking fountain/pool about 3/4s of the way to the turnaround point.

There are several optional routes that provide for long and or more difficult routes to the top. Each has its benefit and detriments. Overall though this is a fun short hike that offers a promise of an outstandingly beautiful view of the observatory and on a clear day, you get a great view of DTLA, Catalina, RPV, etc.

This hike is well used and reminded me a bit of the traffic that Runyun Canyon gets but without the same 4 legged friend trotting. There is also a significantly smaller amount of bad doggie owners who do not clean up after their pups... most of these folks did clean up after their animules unlike the ones at Runyun.

Overall this is a great short lil jaunt and provides some excellent vistas. Well worth it if you want an easygoing short hike or jogging location.

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Love the observitory. ..Beautiful sunsets

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Spectacular view of LA. Great activity if you like the outdoors.

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