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Western Heritage Loop

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 3.3 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This northeastern Griffith Park loop takes you through the hills above L.A., passing by a few museums and attractions.


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6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

Loop

876' 267 m

High

436' 133 m

Low

811' 247 m

Up

808' 246 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

This loop in Griffith Park links up seven trails (Zoo Drive Bridle Trail, Skyline Connector, Skyline Trail, Oak Canyon Trail, Mineral Wells Trail, Griffith Park Drive Connector, Crystal Springs Trail), allowing you to reach numerous attractions and museums while getting away from the hustle and bustle of the L.A. metropolis.

Description

This hike starts with the Zoo Drive Bridle Trail, which starts on the dirt path behind the Museum of the American West across from the L.A. Zoo and parallels the freeway briefly as it heads north. After passing beneath an on-ramp, the trail continues north and starts to parallel Zoo Drive. After hiking for almost 1/2 of a mile you'll reach a juncture with the Skyline Connector, which can take you to the Skyline Trail. Turn left here to link up with the Skyline Connector for a short distance before reaching the trailhead for the Skyline Trail.

From here you'll follow the dirt Skyline Trail up a series of aggressive switchbacks toward the west. Climbing up the hillside you'll have great views of Pasadena and Glendale, as well as the Disney and Dreamworks studio. Continuing along you'll also pass by the smelly Toyon Canyon dump. After hiking on the Skyline Trail for a mile you'll reach a junction with the Condor Trail, which heads to the left. Stay right to follow the Skyline Trail and after 1/2 of a mile more of hiking you'll reach another junction with an unnamed trail that heads south toward Griffith Park and the Rattlesnake Trail, which heads north. You'll also find a water fountain at this junction.

Continue to follow the Skyline Trail westward, switchbacking downhill briefly, until the trail hits Griffith Park Dr. next to the Travel Town Museum. At this point the trail comes to an end and you'll cross Griffith Park Dr. to link up with the Oak Canyon Trail. From here the trail travels southward on a dirt path that parallels Griffith Park Dr. After hiking for 3/4 of a mile on this tree-covered trail you'll pass a junction with the Mt. Hollywood/Toyon Trail. Continue hiking straight briefly to a big bend in Griffith Park Dr., at which point the Oak Canyon Trail ends as it transitions into the Mineral Wells Trail.

After hiking along the dirt path of the Mineral Wells Trail to the southeast for 1/4 of a mile you'll reach the Mineral Wells Picnic area. Following the trail for another 1/4 mile you'll pass by a junction with the the trail that leads to Amir's Garden. After a little more than 1.5 miles of hiking the trail will start to bend away from Griffith Park Drive toward the west. At this point you'll turn left to link up with the Griffith Park Drive Connector, which will take you along the roadway and across Crystal Springs Dr. to link up with the Crystal Springs Trail.

The trail then heads north, paralleling Crystal Springs Drive, as it passes by golf courses on both sides. After a little over 3/4 of mile the paved path will end and you'll turn right on a dirt path that parallels Western Heritage Way. Follow the dirt path as it runs just south of Museum of the American West. At this point the trail ends and you've completed the whole loop.

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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John McKinney

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Hummingbird in Griffith Park, L.A.
Aug 4, 2017 near Burbank, CA
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Aug 4, 2017 near Glendale, CA
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Aug 4, 2017 near Glendale, CA

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