Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
251.00 ft (76.50 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.20 mi (1.93 km)
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The Bird Sanctuary Loop in Griffith Park is an easy 1.2-mile hike in Los Angeles. It consists of a mix of single and double-track dirt trails and is primarily used for hiking, running, and viewing nature. It is a family-friendly route that is easily accessible to most people regardless of their athletic ability. 

From Vermont Avenue, the loop runs parallel to the road and starts with a gentle incline. In about half a mile, you will come to the Bird Sanctuary, an enclosed, scenic area that feels like a refuge for birds and humans alike. Located within a wooded canyon, this area features a small seasonal stream and a winding dirt path that circumnavigates an important habitat for a number of bird species, including robins, wrens, sparrows, crows, blackbirds, and more. 

This trail is relatively short and flat, but it offers scenic views, picnic benches, and peaceful surroundings. Additionally, the trail connects to several other trails within the park, so if you're looking for a longer hike, it's possible to extend your distance.

AMENITIES

The entrance to the Bird Sanctuary features a bathroom, drinking fountains, and picnic tables. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

LA Parks and Recreation 

 

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Bird watching. Peaceful nature.

Cons

Very short.

Trailhead Elevation

790.00 ft (240.79 m)

Highest point

1,041.00 ft (317.30 m)

Features

Flushing toilets
Wildlife
Bird watching
Potable water

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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