Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Family Friendly Hike:
Griffith Observatory

March 29, 2017 15 Comments

Griffith Observatory Hike Title

We have seen it before.

Whether it is in movies, photos, or casually driving by.

When we spot it, we ask,

What is that white building near the Hollywood sign?!

 

It's Griffith Observatory!

Griffith Observatory is a great place for everyone.

It is definitely family friendly.

Outside of Griffith Observatory:

You can enjoy the beautiful views of the Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles, and on a clear day, you can even see the Pacific Ocean!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Inside the Griffith Observatory:

You will see that it is a neat planetarium full of astronomical wonders and great science exhibits. I thought our little Ten Ten was “too young” for this, but the orange and yellow colors of the sun displays instantly caught her attention!

 

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

 

Move on upstairs:

You have the opportunity to look at the sky and stars with their huge telescope!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

 

The best part is that

Griffith Observatory is FREE!

Trust me. I get it.

When you become a family, FREE becomes your new favorite word quickly.

Now that you know how awesome Griffith Observatory is...The next question is

How do you get there?!

Thankfully, there is a designated lot and street parking when you are driving up to Griffith Observatory,

but our family always chooses to hike up!

This hike is great for families, even families with infants. It is not too bumpy!

The hike is short, easy (but not too easy, as you do go uphill), and has great beautiful viewpoints. It is about 30-45 minutes of a hike.

 

Whether you live in Southern California or planning to visit, we encourage and hope you enjoy this hike with your family!

Ps: don’t forget to bring the sunscreen for you and your little one(s)!

 

 

Easy Family Hike to

Griffith Observatory

 

Hiking starts at The Trails Cafe

Griffith Park his HUGE.

You will never hear anyone simply say, "Let's meet at Griffith Park."

You would have to follow-up with, "...exactly where in Griffith?"

For this hike, insert the address below:

The Trails

 2333 Fern Dell Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90027

This is the address to the Trails cafe.

The entrance to this hike is directly across the street from the cafe.

Parking is fairly easy. Parking is along the sidewalk.

Speaking of Cafe

...may I tempt you with

a hiking snack?

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

We love Trails!

Once you drive up Fern Dell Drive and past Red Oak Drive. You'll see The Trails Cafe on your left.

The Trails cafe is a great spot to grab lunch. The avocado sandwich is excellent.

They also serve some baked goods and coffee, so you can treat yourself after a good hike!

My favorites are the lavender scone and chai tea latte.

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Now after you finish your 15 chocolate chip cookies,

you are ready for the hike to Griffith Observatory!

Totally kidding...you may just want to rest and digest a bit longer ;)!

 

Where is the Hiking Entrance?

So there is not a big sign that says, “Hike starts here,” but no problem,

all you have to do is locate the Trails Cafe and look directly across the street.

You will see an opening to the start of the hike to Griffith Observatory.

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

 

 

Where does the Hiking Trail Begin?

Once you enter the opening, you will see that there is a mini playground on the left side.

Walk towards it, as the trail starts past the playground towards the hill.

As you are walking up the hill, you will pass over a wooden bridge

and the bathrooms (which you might need after all that coffee!).

You'll get to a "V" where the paths split.

For families with infants and kids, I recommend hiking on the right side. It is the shorter and easier hike of the two.

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

 

 

You see it! You are close.

Griffith Observatory is the goal!!

As you are walking uphill, you will soon see the end goal,

the big white building aka Griffith Observatory!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

I love soaking up every moment with my little Ten Ten!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!
Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

 

Capture the Beautiful Views on Your Way Up!

You will also get a good look at the Hollywood sign

and some other great views of the rolling Hollywood Hills.

When you're close to the top, the two paths will meet just below the observatory itself.

A sign will remind you when you have just 0.1 miles left until you're there!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Congratulations, you made it to the top!!!

Now it is time to unwind.

Take in the view.

Take a thousand pictures.

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Now it is time to enter Griffith Observatory!

(tip: it is air conditioned and shaded inside! Oh and there are bathrooms!)

I found this picture of the entrance door to be hilarious.

So which is it?

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

SPOILER ALERT: It's the entrance door. You may enter!

I am not going to lie,

I did not truly appreciate Griffith Observatory probably until my third visit here.

The first few times I visited, it happened to be very crowded,

but it was also smack dab in the summer time. So I avoided going inside to explore.

Learn from my mistakes, GO INSIDE and explore!

It is also nice and cool there! Figuratively and literally.

There is so much to see!!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

After you are all done exploring Griffith Observatory,

you can take the same path back down.

Just make sure to leave yourself an hour of time to hike down before sunset.

Don’t want to hike in the dark with kids!

 Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California!

What are your favorite things to do around Hollywood?

We absolutely love Griffith Park and hope you can visit soon!

Easy Family Friendly Hike to Griffith Observatory in Hollywood, California! Only 30 minutes. Don't miss this when in Los Angeles. Free family fun!

15 Comments

  1. Reply

    Chelsea

    March 30, 2017

    What a beautiful hike! Thanks for the great idea. We will definitely try it out when we are in the area.

  2. Reply

    marsmanlangit

    March 30, 2017

    This sounds soooo fun !! I wanna go..love your photos! Baby is too adorable!

  3. Reply

    Karina

    March 30, 2017

    Would love to do this one day if we visit Cali… that Trails cafe sounds awesome. I love little places like that. The photos you took are beautiful and your little one is adorable!!!

  4. Reply

    thehahnestlife

    March 30, 2017

    I loved all the pictures you shared, made me feel like I was right there with you! I do love FREE haha. You know me I don’t mind a good hike. Wouldn’t it be so nice if I visited you and we could hike this together, that would be an absolute dream. I really want to visit the Smithsonians in D.C. one of my best friends just moved there so I am pretty excited to visit!

  5. Reply

    theterrificfive

    March 30, 2017

    Wow look at the view from the observatory! Amazing! Your little one is so cute and she seemed to have enjoyed the trip as well!

  6. Reply

    Paige Rodriguez

    March 31, 2017

    This is beautiful! You had me at chai tea and Lavender scones 😋. And that view is just gorgeous. I’ve always wanted to go to California and hoping to make it there to visit one day!

  7. Reply

    liz Cleland

    March 31, 2017

    I would have to agree with you! Free is definitely a word you Will love!!

  8. Reply

    Kim Amy

    March 31, 2017

    What a beautiful place to enjoy the indoors and outdoors. Great views and places to rest as you carry that little bundle.

  9. Reply

    Lisa Grooms

    April 1, 2017

    Your photos are so beautiful! Definitely makes me want to plan a trip there soon! I love free & fun activities to do with my family!

  10. Reply

    Emily Anne Kelly (@FULLofMIRTH)

    April 1, 2017

    I’ve never been to LA/Hollywood but I’ve totally always wondered what that building was! It’s on the screensaver for our Apple TV and it’s funny because my husband remarked about it the other night! beautiful pics <3

  11. Reply

    Raquel

    April 1, 2017

    We love that hike! We actually got married in Griffith Park, too <3

  12. Reply

    Whitney

    April 2, 2017

    This looks super fun! Way to get out with your little sweetheart! I’m going to add it to our list of things to do next time we go to LA.

  13. Reply

    Rebekah

    April 3, 2017

    Such a beautiful hike and family! I can’t wait to have an adventure like this!

  14. Reply

    nancyjlaudon

    April 4, 2017

    I’m sure you guys had a blast. This is lovely! I love how you explore the outdoors with her! I’ll definitely have to check out Griffith Park when we are on the west coast 🙂

  15. Reply

    Jillian

    April 13, 2017

    Wow this place looks so beautiful! I really want to visit cali again!

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