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Lower Franklin Canyon Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.3 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop through the hills just above Beverly Hills.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Loop

970' 296 m

High

607' 185 m

Low

357' 109 m

Up

375' 114 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

Using the Hastain Trail and the Discovery Trail, this hike makes a loop through Lower Franklin Canyon while offering up views of the L.A. area.

Description

This loop begins from the trailhead for the Hastain Trail off of Lake Drive. The path climbs gradually as you parallel Lake Drive moving southward. Along this section of the trail, you'll have great views of Santa Monica and L.A.'s Westside.

The trail then bends toward the east and continues to climb further. As the trail once again bends to turn to the south, it leaves Franklin Canyon Park land briefly before returning to the park. After this bend, you'll reach a viewpoint offering more views of L.A. and Santa Monica Bay. From here, the trail descends the steep hillside on a windnig, narrow path before reaching the Doheny Ranch area of the park, at which point the trail runs into Lake Drive. Once at Lake Drive, the Hastain Trail ends and you'll follow the road to the north briefly before reaching the start of the Discovery Trail on your left.

From here, follow the trail as it heads northward along the hillside between Lake Drive and Franklin Canyon Drive. After hiking along the trail through the walnut woodland for 4/10 of a mile, it will return to Lake Drive, at which point the trail ends. Hike north on Lake Drive for roughly 200 ft. to reach the trailhead for the Hastain Trail and to complete the 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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  3.3 from 4 votes

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The empty Reservoir.  Looking south from Hastain Drive towards the L.A. basin.
Dec 21, 2018 near Beverly…, CA

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Jan 4, 2019
Troy Kutch
First family hike
Sep 8, 2018
Emma Vivian
Great hike, lovely views, high elevation. 1.9mi
Aug 2, 2018
Ron Del Rio
1.9mi
Jul 7, 2018
Jon Mooney
2.1mi
May 13, 2018
Alexa Yeames
Good training for backpacking, brought new gear and did a few loops, then set up ‘camp’ for a bit, then packed out! 3.8mi
Dec 30, 2017
Jeff Gasser
Sep 3, 2017
Adam Schwartz

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