Ferndell to the Griffith Park Observatory
ElevationAscent: 622' 190 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 1,128' 344 m
Low: 506' 154 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“Run from the base of Griffith Park up to the famous Griffith Park Observatory on this route.”— John McKinney
After just a 1/2 of a mile of gradual running underneath tree cover, the trail will come to an intersection with a group of trails that can take you to the Griffith Park Observatory. At this point, the Ferndell Trail ends and you'll continue straight to follow the East Observatory Trail.
The East Observatory Trail then climbs up the hillside to the northeast. After briefly climbing, you'll start to get great views of Mt. Hollywood, Mt. Lee, the Griffith Park Observatory, and downtown L.A. The trail then bends north to reach a juncture with the West Observatory Trail, at which point the trails merge and continue further to the east as the East Observatory Trail. Soon after this juncture you'll reach another, this time with the Griffith Park Observatory Spur.
Turn left here to run up to the observatory. After a brief, steep run, you'll reach the observatory and have the chance to take in the iconic building and all of the L.A. views that the lookout offers. Once you've had your fill of the observatory, you can turn around to follow the same route back to the Ferndell Trailhead.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: City of Los Angeles - Department of Recreation and Park