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    Fern Canyon Trail

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    5.3 km
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    189 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Fern Canyon Trail is an excellent hiking route in Griffith Park, Los Angeles that offers amazing views across the city. While out on the trail, you will traverse wide, well-maintained paths that climb uphill to a series of scenic viewpoints. There is little shade along this route, so make sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection; there is also a water stop between the 5 Points viewpoint and Vista Viewpoint.

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    Route Description for Fern Canyon Trail

    If you are after a great hike in the L.A. area that features a bit of a challenge but also doesn’t traverse any difficult terrain, then the Fern Canyon Trail might be the perfect route for you. Traversing well-maintained paths through an undulating canyon landscape, this hike offers a great balance between difficulty and rewarding views.

    Setting out from the parking lot, you will head to the southwest along the winding Fern Canyon Trail and it climbs gradually uphill. Eventually, the trail will bend to the east and bring you to a junction with several other routes.

    Taking the second path on your right, you will follow the Upper Beacon Trail for a short distance to arrive at the edge of Vista Del Valle Drive. Turning right along the road, you will follow it southwest to quickly arrive at the Vista Viewpoint, where you will enjoy beautiful views of the SoCal landscape. After taking in the views, simply head back along the same route to return to the trailhead the way you came.

    Getting to the Fern Canyon Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Fern Canyon Trail can be found at the Griffith Park Merry Go Round Parking Lot One.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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