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Visited: Many times
Description: A 360° viewpoint of Los Angeles, right behind Griffith Observatory
Length: 2 miles
Elevation: 500 feet
Duration: 1.5 hours or more
Difficulty: Easy, maybe a bit moderate
Terrain: Maintained dirt trail
Parking: Griffith Observatory’s parking lot, street
Pets: Dog on leash
Best time to go: Anytime
Bring: Water, flashlight if you’re hiking at night
Griffith Observatory is a major attraction for both locals and tourists. Not only do you get to enjoy the observatory and go star-gazing, you can catch a beautiful view of Los Angeles.
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find a spot right in the parking lot. If not, you can find spots along the road that lead up to the observatory. There are many different trailheads that can lead you to the peak but this one is the shortest and easiest.
The trailhead is across from the observatory, behind the parking lot. It is simple to follow and starts with a slight incline up a wide trail.
Throughout the hike you’ll find opportunities to take short cuts off the trail. If you stay on the main trail, you’ll hike along a few switchbacks until you get to the top of the peak.
Every step and turn offers a great view. Sunset is the our favorite time to explore the trail. You can witness the cloudy blue Los Angeles sky fade into vibrant yellow and orange hues along the horizon.
It’s hard not to take a moment and just enjoy the beautiful colors against the silhouette of the observatory.
Once you’re at the top you catch breathtaking views of the city. Day or night, this viewpoint is absolutely stunning.
This viewpoint is the perfect adventure that is both convenient and easily accessible. It’s hard to find a moment of peace in such a hectic busy city. Griffith Observatory’s 360 Viewpoint is great place to escape and get in touch with nature without having to stray too far.
- Great place for a date, picnic, mind-clearing, etc
- The observatory and the parking lot close at 10PM. Makes sure you have enough time to hike and get back to your car by then! We found out the hard way and almost had our car towed.
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