Ferndell Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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5-7.5h
Distance
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19.0 km
Elevation
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685 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Ferndell Trail is a great long-distance hiking route in Los Angeles that features wonderful views of the city and the chance to visit the iconic Hollywood Sign. While out on the trail, you will climb uphill through the undulating terrain of Griffith Park, before summiting Mount Lee to soak up the incredible scenery. While it may be a long hike, this route has stretches that see high volumes of foot traffic; make sure to arrive early.

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Route Description for Ferndell Trail

Whether you want to take in some well-known Los Angeles sights or simply want to set out on a longer adventure without leaving the city, the Ferndell Trail is a great option to explore.

Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the north along the Ferndell Nature Trail for a short distance, keeping left at the junction on to the West Trail. Here, you will climb uphill to the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook, before pushing on to the top of Mount Hollywood.

Shortly after passing Taco Peak, the route will turn to the west along the Mulholland Trail, climbing further uphill across the rugged terrain to reach the summit of Mount Lee and the world famous Hollywood Sign. Take your time here to appreciate the impressive views, before making the long descent along the same path to return to the trailhead where you began your adventure.

Getting to the Ferndell Trail Trailhead

The starting point for the Ferndell Trail can be found at the Fern Dell Nature Trail Trailhead on Black Oak Drive.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Extreme

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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