Riverside Trail to Vista Viewpoint

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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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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