Small Group Hiking Tours Of Griffith Park
Hikes by The Los Angeles Hiking Company are more than just a stroll up a mountain -- they're an expert-guided introduction to the city and how to tackle it like a local.
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About Your Guide
Hi! I'm Trevor Morrow, your guide and new friend in Los Angeles.
I'm a professional travel writer & blogger who has written for media outlets, Outside, Men's Journal, Men's Health and more -- and my thoughts on the great outdoors have been featured on CBS This Morning. I’m a L.A. local with my finger on the pulse of the city and a passion for sharing the real L.A. with travelers from around the world.
Allow me to help make your stay in L.A. extra special, and help give you the tools, tips, and tricks you’ll need to explore this wonderful city with confidence. // I look forward to hiking with you soon! - Trevor
To follow my adventures in L.A. and around the world, find me on Instagram.
The Los Angeles Hiking Company hikes in beautiful Griffith Park, which is home to over 50 miles of hiking trails, the world famous Griffith Observatory, the most amazing views of the city, and of course, the Hollywood sign.
GRIFFITH PARK MORNING HIKE
Start your day like an active L.A. local -- with an invigorating morning hike.
HIKE DURATION: 2.5 HOURS (APPROXIMATELY)
DEPARTURE TIME: 9:30AM
WHEN: THURSDAY & FRIDAY MORNINGS *
INCREDIBLE VIEWS - Inspiring vistas of the Hollywood sign, city skyline, Griffith Observatory and much more.
Plus: With map and binoculars in hand, you'll get a literal and figurative overview of the city. Consider it a crash course in L.A. geography -- including where the neighborhoods, places and things you want to visit are located.
AMAZING PHOTOS - Capture unique perspectives of L.A. that few travelers get to see.
Warning: Your social media feeds will never be the same ;)
A TOAST TO L.A. - Enjoy a champagne glass of cold sparkling cider at the summit (it's great for photos).
FYI: While our bubbly is non-alcoholic, we can recommend good bars & brunch spots to indulge in the real deal.
FUN HISTORY - Discover the stories of Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign.
Who would have known?: We'll change the way you look at that famous sign...and the city.
CUSTUM L.A. TIPS - Get the best L.A. tips, info and advice from your guide, a professional travel writer and L.A. local.
Be an insider: After your hike, you'll be ready to confidently explore the city like a local.
ALSO INCLUDED: A selection of healthy, packaged snacks and a bottle of water for each hiker.
PRICE: Gratuity is included in the price! Good to know: other hiking companies will ask you to give your guide a 15-20% cash tip, brining the actual cost of their tours to within $5 of ours. We sure think we're worth the extra $5 (and know you'll think so too)!
AVAILABILITY: If you're interested in a date other than Thursdays and Fridays, or a private hike for your group, please see the FAQ section below for more info.
PLEASE NOTE: The hike is classified as beginner/intermediate in level. Hikers should be in good physical health and confident in their ability to finish the hike. Except for one short portion where we take a more rugged trail, hikes take place on wide, groomed trails with a consistent incline (see photos for details). All hikers will be required to sign a waiver before beginning the hike.
The Los Angeles Hiking Company Difference
When it comes to hiking in Griffith Park, The Los Angeles Hiking Company does things differently.
The Difference Is IN the Details
We know what makes a travel experience truly special
It's the little things that make a travel experience extra special. That's why when we reach the summit, we lay out a checkered picnic tablecloth, present a basket of snacks, and cheers to the amazing view of the Hollywood sign and city with a champagne glass of cold sparkling cider (great for Instagram-worthy photos). It also why we cap our tours at a maximum of 8 hikers, ensuring each guest gets personal attention.
And while looks aren't everything...in L.A. they're kind of something. That's why our guide wears all black athletic gear (no "tour guide" shirts here so you can blend in with the locals).
THE INFORMATION DIFFERENCE
Get the inside scoop
In L.A., it's all about who you know, so don't hike with just anyone, hike with an in-the-know local expert. Our guide is a professional travel writer and L.A. local with his finger on the pulse of the city. He can tell you about hidden neighborhoods, amazing ice cream shops, the best late night tacos, delicious restaurants (both trending and L.A. institutions), lively bars and breweries, and so much more. Your guide also knows how to share the best information, and when, and always has an tablet handy to show you fun supplementary photos and video.
BOOK YOUR HIKE!
Use the calendar below to select your date and book online!
FAQ + MORE INFORMATION
Q: What's Included?
Every hiker gets a bottle of water and a champagne glass of cold sparkling cider at the summit. We'll also have complimentary, healthy packaged snacks on hand. And of course, don't forget the invaluable information, advice and tips from your guide.
Q: Will We See The Hollywood SigN?
Yes! Griffith Park and the route The Los Angeles Hiking Company takes to the summit provides some of the most amazing and unique views of the Hollywood sign. Please note that our hike won't take you directly to, behind, or underneath the sign (no guided hikes do).
We'll also get amazing views of the Griffith Observatory, the downtown skyline (and entire city), the San Gabriel Mountains, Pacific Ocean (on clear days) and so much more.
Q: What should I weaR / bring with me?
Dress like you would for an active afternoon in your local park. Most importantly, you'll want to wear a sturdy pair of running or hiking sneakers with good traction on the bottom. We also recommend bringing a light jacket or sweatshirt (L.A, mornings can be cold), sunscreen (as we'll be exposed to the sun for the majority of the hike), sunglasses (to protect your eyes and look cool), and of course, a camera or cell phone to take photos.
Q: How Many hikers are on each hike?
This is one of many things that sets The Los Angeles Hiking Company apart: our hikes are capped at a maximum of 8 hikers to insure everyone gets personal attention. The other guys don't cap their tour group size (so you never know how many people you'll be with).
Q: How Long Is The Hike?
3.5 miles roundtrip.
Q: Do you offer hikes on days of the week besides thursday and Friday?
Yes. We occasionally offer hikes on other days of the week -- please see our calendar above for up-to-date availability.
If you have a group of 3 or more people and would like to hike on a different day of the week, you can request a custom tour date by contacting us using the form below. Depending on our availability we may be able to accommodate you.
In these cases, groups of 3 of more "unlock" that date, which then allows others (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 more people -- for total max group size of 8) to also join in on that date.
Q: Do you offer private hikes for just me and my group?
Private hikes with The Los Angeles Hiking Company are great for small company/corporate retreats as well large families. In these cases, we're happy to arrange custom hike dates and start times. Since each case is unique, please contact us using the form below to inquire to tell us about your needs.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER AND CANCELATIONS?
While the weather in L.A. is usually nice, it's not always beautiful and sunny (like how it's portrayed in movies and on TV). We keep our fingers crossed for the best weather possible, but can't guarantee a perfectly sunny California day. Hikes are not cancelled on account of clouds -- they are only cancelled in the event of rain. Should your tour be cancelled, we will do our best to reschedule you on another hike (pending availability). If rescheduling is not possible, we will happily issue you a refund.
Q: Is This Hike Good For Children?
We find that the hike itself (including its informational content and pace), is most enjoyed by children over the age of 10 (although your are the best gauge of your child's interest and ability).
Q:Do You offer sunset hikes?
We don't. Why? Becasue we love mornings in Griffith Park. Mornings are when real, active, L.A locals hike -- and mornings are the most peaceful (and least busy) time to be in the park. Plus, hiking in the morning means you'll have the entire day ahead of you to explore L.A. and maybe even enjoy the sunset at the beach!
Good to know: The other guy's "sunset" tour is over by the time sunset even begins. Really, it's a "late afternoon" tour.
Info: Download these 2 free apps to help Get Great Photos On your Hike
If you'll be using your phone to take photos during the hike, we recommend downloading these 2 fee photo apps: Snapseed and VSCOcam. We'll even show you how to use the apps and help you take and edit some great photos if you'd like!
INFO: Download Google Maps To make the most of your guide's custom recommendations
Download the Google Maps app prior to our hike. With it, you can "star" to save any of the custom recommendations given to you by your guide (like a brewery, shop or beach to visit). This way, you'll remember them, know where they are, and have them handy for the remainder of your visit. And don't worry if you're not familiar with the app, we'll happily to show you how to use it.
Q: Where Is Griffith Park?
Griffith Park is a rugged oasis located right in the middle of Los Angles, just minutes from Hollywood.
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