Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,294.00 ft (394.41 m)
Trail type
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
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This is a 3.6 mile route within Griffith Park that combines single and double track trail with a short paved section. Although this route is short when it comes to mileage, the challenge comes from the 1,294 feet of elevation gain. This is a great route for someone looking to increase their uphill running or hiking abilities. Griffith Park is popular for hikers, runners, bikers and horseback riders. 

Some sections are steep, exposed and sandy so make sure you have proper water and gear. 

Drive to the end of Griffith Park Blvd. and continue on Cadman Drive until you reach a deadend at a gate and a trailhead. This is where you will begin. Take the Cadman Trail to Coolidge Trail. Continue to climb the wide double track trail until you reach a five way intersection. Turn left and continue to the Vista Viewpoint, a large open paved area with expansive views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. Descend the Hogback Trail all the way down to Commonwealth Blvd. You will continue on the road for a short section but you are still within the Griffith Park boundary. Exit the gate at the end of the park look for the Cedar Grove Trail to the left. Climb the short and steep sandy section of trail for .2 and then descend the same trail making your way back to Griffith Park Blvd and back to your start.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



City views. Native plants.


Exposed. Can be hot.

Trailhead Elevation

535.00 ft (163.07 m)

Highest point

1,187.00 ft (361.80 m)


Family friendly

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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