Griffith Observatory’s 360 Viewpoint

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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.

Just behind Griffith Observatory’s parking lot is a trail to an amazing 360° view of Los Angeles county called Griffith Park Observatory Trail Peak or Hollywood Peak.

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.

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • 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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