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Griffith Park

Nature Preserve and Park
Los Angeles
136 Tips and reviews
  • hiking
  • trails
  • observatory
  • hollywood sign
  • scenic views
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 25, 2013
    From the sublime parking to old zoo to the Merry-Go-Round (which has been operating since 1937), the largest urban park in America has been voted Best Of LA many times... Also perfect for picnics! Read more
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin VincentDecember 24, 2014
    Head up to the top of the observatory for a stunning view. Make sure to take the time to take in the view. You can also see the Hollywood sign from the left side of the observatory.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20, 2017
    Leave the city behind and explore the dusty terrain! Plenty of hiking trails, seek out the old zoo grounds, marvel at the Hollywood sign, discover the stars and city view at the Griffith Observatory.
    Upvoted May 21
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 17, 2014
    Great place to come and see the Hollywood sign and LA for free. Great to bring out of town friends and LA newbies. Such a breathtaking view of the city!! <3
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 25, 2012
    Want a dose of movie history? Head a 1/2 mile into the park via Canyon Dr. You'll see a dirt road on the right. A short walk up leads to The Bronson Caves, where many TV shows and films were shot. Read more
  • Join_Marc
    Join_MarcAugust 11, 2013
    Worth it ! - Make shure you'll be there for the sunset. LA, Stars, Hollywood Sign, sunset, what else do you want? (Bring a pullover with you - might get a little cold up there) Btw. Its FREE!
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 13, 2011
    Griffith is the largest city park with wilderness area in the U.S. On 9/20/11 UCLA volunteers will be here to maintain and restore trails. Please join us in the effort of keeping this park clean! Read more
  • LAist
    LAistMarch 25, 2012
    As L.A.'s largest historical monument, it represents the untamed qualities of the West--canyons, river plains, caves, low-lying slopes--and provides the 1 thing hard to come by in most cities, space. Read more
  • LAist
    LAistMarch 18, 2012
    As LA’s largest historical monument, it represents the untamed qualities of the West--canyons, river plains, caves, low-lying slopes--and it provides the 1 thing hard to come by in most cities, space. Read more
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KramerAugust 9, 2014
    Easily my favorite park in LA. It has the best view of LA, especially at night. There are great hikes all around the park. Good views of the Hollywood sign.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniJanuary 5, 2015
    Come at sunset for great views of city. Go up the exterior stairs of the building to get to the roof.
    Examiner.comMay 19, 2011
    Vista Del Valle Drive is a road on the southeast corner that is now closed to motor vehicles. This is a fantastic bike route that leads to a lookout to LA, Santa Monica and even the ocean on clear day Read more
  • Brittany G.
    Brittany GreenNovember 10, 2013
    Hiking here is great! You can hike up to the Hollywood sign or through the old LA Zoo. My legs are always killing me after this trail but I love it. The view from the top is AMAZING!!!!!
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonJanuary 23, 2015
    The definition of touristy. but so so worth it. Who doesn't love the stars and the lights? You gotta get there early though because the road to the summit bottlenecks like crazy
  • Heena K.
    Heena KaraniJuly 23, 2016
    Went on the bikes&hikes tour & thoroughly enjoyed it. Great views of the city
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Check out the Ferndell Nature Center, a shady oasis with lush trees acting as a canopy over park benches, making for a quaint getaway from the city.
  • Ijaz A.
    Ijaz AfzalJune 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go up on Crystal Springs and Griffith Park Dr. It is where the Old Zoo is at. Check out the remains of the Old Zoo and go up to some great view from the trails.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    At the top, there's no other place you see that kind of drama—it's barren hillside. You turn around, and wham! There's all of L.A. in front of you. Read more
  • HowAboutWe
    HowAboutWeApril 14, 2011
    You can pretty much do it all here: picnics, hiking, dog-walking, running or star gazing (at the observatory). Romantic tip: the city lights at night are gorgeous from up here.
  • Fūzd
    FūzdMay 23, 2013
    Date! Go for a hike or bike ride through this Los Feliz park. Not quite ready to sweat in front of each other? Stick to the zoo, the train ride or the merry-go-round. Or simply enjoy a picnic.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 3, 2013
    It's not just a view - panoramic LA city and Hollywood sign. They have a really mild hike and great exhibitions in the observatory. You can enjoy both day & night! Free parking! Great LA sightseeing!
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesDecember 27, 2014
    One HUGE park. Plan out your trip before you come because you can get lost! Park rangers search for lost people several times a year.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    For years, the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club has been leading guided hikes through the many trails of Griffith Park.
  • Wiley R.
    Wiley RobertsDecember 27, 2016
    Great trials to hike/run, 3 different golf courses, and beautiful scenery. Depending on where u go, the park isn't crowded
  • Maroon 5
    Maroon 5June 7, 2012
    I love to jog these trails and play tennis over at the beautiful courts. We're really lucky to have this great resource in the middle of our city! - James
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJune 7, 2016
    Very cool park that I am very allergic to. Pack some Claritin and hike up to the observatory for awesome views.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MMay 5, 2010
    There's a great hike for out-of-town visitors. Starts near merry-go-round. 360 views of LA and Valley from the top, plus great views of Hollywood sign. But beware...a long uphill!
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    sit in the shade of a tree drinking coffee and the most amazing lavender biscuits I have ever tasted from the Trails Café , oh man I have to learn how to make those mmm
  • FabFitFun
    FabFitFunDecember 9, 2011
    Drive up to the observatory and hike the trails during the day, then star gaze at night! You'll feel like you're on top of the world!
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CDecember 15, 2014
    Great place to see a view of LA. I can't believe that the city was once small enough that you could actually have an observatory there.
  • Christina D.
    Hangin w/the crowd.It's #PromNight.Screening #StephenKing #Carrie at #GreatHorrorMovieNight #GriffithPark #OldZoo on #CrystalSpringsDrive put on by #TenThirtyOneProductions.#HappyBirthdayHaven!
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 20, 2013
    On Volunteer Day 2013 (9/24), UCLA volunteers will participate in Trail restoration, mulching, filling in gopher holes, and maintenance in areas of the park! #BruinsGiveBack
  • Skip G.
    Skip GDecember 1, 2009
    Check out Amir's Garden. It is a short hike up the trail from the intersection of Griffith Park Dr. and Mineral Wells Rd. Water fountain, horse trough, and plenty of seating and shade available. Read more
  • Christina D.
    It's #PromNight.Screening #StephenKing #Carrie at #GreatHorrorMovieNight in #GriffithPark #OldZoo on #CrystalSpringsDrive put on by #TenThirtyOneProductions.#HappyBirthdayHaven!#deharo70
  • Mark M.
    Mark MeyersDecember 29, 2009
    Travel Town is great for kids. My preschooler loved the old trains and getting inside them. The little train you can ride in was great too. Very cheap and worth your time especially with kids.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PattynamaAugust 22, 2013
    Bathrooms at the top near the observatory. Dogs allowed on leash.
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 17, 2010
    The largest municipal park with urban wilderness in the country, Griffith Park will serve as the location for 14 UCLA Volunteer Day sites. Join us on 9/21 as we work to beautify this popular spot. Read more
  • Anabella M.
    Anabella MingoNovember 30, 2014
    Great place Although lots of people on the weekend. Go there for sunset or sundown
  • Yoplait
    YoplaitSeptember 6, 2011
    Interested in science? Love looking at stars? Check out this nonprofit park with info. on astronomy and other fun topics; it’s recently renovated and looking stellar!
  • Anna M.
    Anna MariaAugust 12, 2013
    Hikes are amazing. Bring the dogs, plenty of water, and good shoes.
  • Corey P.
    Corey PFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Wear good shoes and carry plenty if water on hot days and enjoy the trails.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 5, 2011
    Did you know? In 1882, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith purchased Griffith Park for use as an ostrich farm. He later gave the city 3000 acres, after supposedly seeing the ghost of the land’s first owner. Read more
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10May 6, 2011
    Tee off early in the morning on a weekday if possible. And, play a “skins” style match in which the losers must perform embarrassing tasks at the winners’ request at the bar late that night. Read more
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PattynamaAugust 22, 2013
    Drive to the top or hike to the top. Kinda crowded near the observatory. Nice sunset.
  • Mulholland Books
    Mulholland BooksMarch 25, 2013
    What most don’t know about this verdant park is that it’s a notorious body dump – as some unsuspecting hikers have had the misfortune to discover in Marcia Clark's thriller, Guilt by Degrees.
  • Jacx B.
    Jacx BernardoDecember 7, 2013
    If you are leaving the park after 10PM, don't use any other exit route except the road leading to Los Feliz, all gates close @10PM. But if like driving a dark, winding road, then check the routes.
  • Pamela B.
    Pamela BrooksJuly 20, 2013
    This park us such a haven. People who think LA is just about freeways and concrete need to visit Griffith.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20, 2017
    Watch out for rattlesnakes and road apples...and Rattlesnakes eating Road Apples!!!
  • Vladyslav Z.
    Vladyslav ZakharchenkoNovember 10, 2013
    The performance in planetarium was beyond my expectations. Definitely must see.
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyMarch 2, 2016
    Hiking from the bottom up to the observatory is a must do while in LA. The view is breathtaking.
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