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    Riverside Trail to Vista Viewpoint

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    1-1.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    3.9 km
    Elevation
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    119 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Riverside Trail to Vista Viewpoint is a fun little adventure in Griffith Park that traverses some undulating terrain and offers views overlooking Los Angeles. While out on the trail, you will make your way east through the hills and past Glendale Peak, before taking in the scenery from Vista Viewpoint. Make sure to arrive early or at off-peak times for this hike, as it can see high volumes of foot traffic at busy times of day.

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    Route Description for Riverside Trail to Vista Viewpoint

    A short overall distance and beautiful scenery make the Riverside Trail to Vista Viewpoint a great bang for our buck hike if you are looking to explore some of the outdoor space in Los Angeles.

    Setting out from the trailhead on Vermont Canyon Drive, you will make your way to the east along the Riverside Trail as it cuts across the hilly landscape of Griffith Park. Although there will be a few small ups and downs along this route, it is a very well-maintained path that makes walking a real pleasure.

    Eventually, you will pass by Glendale Peak on your left and keep right along the road to quickly arrive at the Vista Viewpoint, where you will enjoy a great sightline across L.A. After taking in the views, simply head back along the same trail to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Riverside Trail to Vista Viewpoint Trailhead

    The trailhead for this hike can be found along Vermont Canyon Road near the Greek Theatre.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-Round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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