Mt. Bell Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 957' 292 m
Descent: -956' -291 m
High: 1,552' 473 m
Low: 596' 182 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“A short run with lots of elevation gain to the summit of Mt. Bell.”— John McKinney
You'll then reach a T-intersection, with a water tank on your left, at the edge of the former Toyon Canyon Landfill. Turn left here to continue following the North Trail. After running a little ways further, you'll pass another water tower before quickly reaching a trail junction. The North Trail comes to an end here and you'll turn right to follow the Mt. Hollywood Trail to the south.
From here, the trail gradually ascends toward Vista Del Valle Drive. Once you reach the road, you'll turn left and follow it for about 100 feet to the left before reconnecting with the trail on your right. The Mt. Hollywood Trail then briefly parallels the road while heading to the east before bending to the south. You'll quickly reach a juncture with the North Mt. Bell Trail. Turn right here and follow the trail until you reach another T-intersection, at which point you'll turn left to follow the South Mt. Bell Trail briefly until you spot the steep Mt. Bell Summit Trail diverging to the left. Follow this trail up the slope and you'll finally reach the top of Mt. Bell, which sits at 1,582 ft.
Once you've had a chance to enjoy the views of the area, especially Mt. Lee and the Hollywood Sign, you can turn around to follow the same route to the original trailhead at the Mineral Wells Picnic Area.
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