Firebreak Trail, Los Angeles

One of the most enjoyable ways up to the Observatory is to park at the bottom and hike up the trail. The shortest route is about a mile, with other trails taking you on longer routes.

Firebreak Trail
Firebreak Trail

The trail cuts through the valleys between some of the hills and slowly climbs up rewarding you with ever increasing views. From about 2/3 of the way, you can see the Hollywood sign and the Observatory.

Hollywood Sign, Firebreak Trail
Hollywood Sign, Firebreak Trail

At the top, you have a view back into central LA and all of the skyscrapers.

LA from Firebreak Trail
LA from Firebreak Trail


Currently, the scars of the recent wildfires are still visible, but the rains have caused much of the slopes to bloom with life and colour again.

Firebreak Trail
Firebreak Trail