Old Zoo Trail

This reflects the 10Adventures difficulty rating for each route. We aim to keep ratings consistent across regions.
This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
11.3 km
This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
171 m
User Ratings
These ratings are completed by users who have completed this trail and not subject to reviews by 10Adventures.
Be the first to add a review!
Directions to Trailhead

The Old Zoo Trail is a fun hiking route in L.A. that will take you around Griffith Park to experience its different highlights. While out on the trail, you will follow a wide loop that travels around the park, before cutting through what was once the Griffith Park Zoo that closed in 1966. Be sure to arrive early or during off-peak hours for this hike, as the trail can become quite busy and congested.

Download the 10Adventures App

View Old Zoo Trail on Map

View Map

Join our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

Route Description for Old Zoo Trail

Featuring some wonderful views of the hillscape surrounding Los Angeles, as well as some interesting highlights within Griffith Park, the Old Zoo Trail is a great option to explore if you are looking for a bit of a longer route in the area.

Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way south along Oak Canyon Trail, before turning to the southeast to cut across Griffith Park. Shortly after passing through the Mineral Wells Picnic Area, you will skirt along the edge of the Harding Golf Course and pass by the enclosures from what was once the Griffith Park Zoo.

From here, the route will take you to the north in between two golf courses, before bending back to the west alongside the Ventura Freeway to complete the final leg of the hike back into the trailhead.

Getting to the Old Zoo Trail Trailhead

The starting point for this hike can be found at the parking lot next to the Travel Town Museum at the north end of Griffith Park.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type


Old Zoo Trail Elevation Graph

Weather Forecast

Check Area Weather

Old Zoo Trail Reviews

Add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Nearby Trails

Nearby Regions

Get travel inspiration and discounts

Join our weekly travel newsletter