Discovering Griffith Park: A Local's Guide

By The Mountaineers Books

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Five times the size of Central Park in Manhattan, Griffith Park is a surprising urban wilderness in the midst of Los Angeles. This rugged 4511-acre park offers 70 miles of trails, ranging from paved paths to challenging ridge climbs. Discovering Griffith Park uses this extensive trail network as an anchor to help you explore this destination for hikers, trail runners, cyclists, equestrians, picnickers, and museum-goers alike. Learn often-untold stories of the West at the Autry Museum; enjoy a snack at The Trails Café; see the stars at the famed Griffith Observatory-the possibilities are endless in this wonder of nature, outdoor adventure, and culture.

  • In-depth descriptions of 33 hikes throughout the park
  • Insider tips for the best views of the Hollywood Sign, from every angle
  • Museums and cultural attractions, from popular to quirkier destinations
  • Volunteer gardens and picnic areas
  • Maps and recommended paths for cycling and horseback riding
  • Public transit and parking tips with a transit overview map
  • Detailed map for every hike
  • Icons that indicate a hike's suitability for kids; transit accessibility; historic interest; opportunities for vistas, solitude, and a good workout
  • Fun facts and historical tidbits
Casey Schreiner is the founder of, the most widely read hiking blog on the West Coast, and the author of Day Hiking Los Angeles, He lives in L.A.