San Vicente Mountain Hike

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16.1 km
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432 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The San Vicente Mountain Hike is a spectacular outdoor adventure in Los Angeles that offers some gorgeous views overlooking the city. While out on the trail, you will traverse the summit of San Vicente Mountain and continue along a fire road that cuts across the picturesque, undulating landscape. Make sure to arrive early to secure parking, as the trailhead can become crowded during peak hours.

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Route Description for San Vicente Mountain Hike

If you are in the L.A. area and want to experience a bit of a longer hike with some truly stunning views, then you will want to check out the San Vicente Mountain Hike.

Setting out from the trailhead at the end of Mulholland Drive, you will make your way to the west to climb uphill to the summit of San Vicente Mountain. Here, you will pass by the old Nike Missile Defence Base, before continuing on to the west.

Eventually, you will arrive at a point where the Sullivan Fire Road branches off to the left; take this and follow it south across the undulating landscape. The remainder of the hike will be a straight walk along the ridge, so take your time and soak up the incredible views overlooking Los Angeles and the surrounding area. When you have reached the junction with Josepho Road, simply turn back and retrace your steps to the trailhead.

Getting to the San Vicente Mountain Hike Trailhead

The starting point for this hike can be found at the Upper Canyonback Trailhead at the end of Mulholland Drive.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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