Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,303.00 ft (701.95 m)
Trail type
12.00 mi (19.31 km)
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The Griffith Park Hollywood Loop is a scenic and diverse 12-mile journey situated in the heart of Los Angeles, California's iconic Griffith Park. This loop trail offers an eclectic mix of terrains and experiences, making it a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts for running, hiking, and biking.

Starting from the Greek Theater, a historic venue known for its open-air performances, the loop trail heads east towards another park classic, the Merry Go Round. This area, beloved for its nostalgic charm, provides a gentle introduction to the park's vast network of trails. The path then meanders near the golf course, offering a flat and easy trek that allows hikers to warm up before the more challenging ascents.

As the trail ventures back into the heart of Griffith Park, it follows the Skyline Trail. Here, the terrain begins to ascend with increasingly impressive views of the surrounding city and landscapes. This segment of the loop is particularly notable for its natural beauty and panoramic vistas.

Continuing, the route winds its way to the Berlin Forest and then gradually descends, leading adventurers back to their starting point near the Greek Theater.

Parking is readily available at the beginning of the loop, along with amenities such as water fountains and restrooms, ensuring a comfortable start and finish to your adventure. 

There are opportunities for solitude within Griffith Park, however, the park is a popular tourist destination and can experience higher visitor traffic on weekends and holidays. 


Griffith Park is a treasure trove of outdoor activities and cultural landmarks. Whether you're seeking an invigorating workout, a peaceful nature walk, or simply a new perspective on Los Angeles, the Griffith Park Hollywood Loop delivers. Beyond the loop, Griffith Park boasts a wealth of attractions, including the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, and numerous picnic areas, making it a versatile destination for all.

For more information on hiking in Griffith Park, including trail maps, safety tips, and park regulations, visit the official Griffith Park website or the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks page. These resources offer comprehensive guides to the park's trails, ensuring hikers are well-prepared for their adventures in this urban oasis.

Additional Resources:

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks: LADRP Griffith Park

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic Views. City Views.


Can be crowded on the weekends.

Trailhead Elevation

868.00 ft (264.57 m)

Highest point

1,619.00 ft (493.47 m)


Big vistas
Horseback riding
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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