Hikes

HASTAIN TRAIL – FRANKLIN CANYON

Trailhead on Lake Drive

Trailhead on Lake Drive

Distance: 2.4 miles (est)

Elevation Gain: 600 feet

Time: 55 to 75 minutes

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

This is a fun hike through the Hollywood Hills that is a superb alternative to Runyan Canyon. While not as difficult as that popular area, you can still get in a good workout and avoid the crowds of dog-walkers. During my last visit I would estimate that I only came across 10 people here, as opposed to the hundreds you routinely encounter at Runyan.

You will find the trail head for this hike on Lake Drive, which forks from Franklin Canyon Drive just north of the Franklin Canyon Reservoir, below or south of the popular Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir.

Trail head

Trail head

To get there from the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Drive:

Turn north onto N. Beverly Dr. proceed 0.4 mi

Turn left to stay on N. Beverly Dr. proceed 0.3mi

Turn left to stay on N. Beverly Dr. proceed 0.9mi

Turn right at Franklin Canyon Dr. head north 1.1 mi

Take a hairpin right at Lake Drive and head back south on Lake Drive 0.3 miles to the trail head on your left.

From the corner of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive: Turn on to Franklin Canyon Drive and follow it about 0.5 miles down to Franklin Canyon Park. You will pass a parking area on your left and continue right or straight around the Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir 0.2 miles until you reach a stop sign. Turn right and continue on Franklin Canyon Rd 0.3 miles down to Lake Drive. Turn left on Lake Drive and proceed 0.3 miles down to the trailhead located on your left.

Warning! – Make sure you come to a complete stop at all stop signs! There are cameras…fines are $100.00. (I should know. I have been busted twice.)

From the trail head, just follow the Hastain fire road 1.2 miles up to the top of a ridge. You will start off by rising above and walking parallel to Lake Drive, before meandering left or east into a small canyon. Along the way you will spot a few side trails that take you up into the mountain on more narrow, steep paths. Once in the canyon you will wind around and head west again to a small lookout junction. *(Here you will find a sign on your right pointing to a path that leads back down to Lake Drive. Take this route only if you want to cut the hike short. This path winds uneventfully down to the street where you will have to walk about a 1/2 mile on pavement up to your car.) * To continue up to the peak, turn left here and enjoy spectacular views of the canyon and a large part of the Los Angeles Basin. On a clear day you can see the ocean and Catalina. Here are some of the views….

Heading west into the canyon

Heading west into the canyon

The left turn that leads to the ridge at the junction.

The left turn that leads to the ridge at the junction.

Looking back down at the canyon

Looking back down at the canyon

Along the ridge approaching the peak

Along the ridge approaching the peak

Another look down at the canyon - no one in sight

Another look down at the canyon - no one in sight

The approach to the peak

The approach to the peak

View from the peak with life forms approaching!  Lousy day for views, but you get the idea.

View from the peak with life forms approaching! Lousy day for views, but you get the idea.

View on the way back down

View on the way back down

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