Hiking the Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory was definitely on our itinerary in Los Angeles because we wanted to see the very famous Hollywood sign and the beauty of L.A. from up above. I’m a big fan of astronomy, too! (However, we couldn’t stay too long at night because we are with kids and if you know by now, traveling with young children has to revolve around their sleep and eat schedules.)

It is by pure accident that we hiked all the way up from the parking lot of the Greek Theater because my husband thought that there would be no parking at the top due to traffic and as stated by the signages all around. (Later on we find out, this is to encourage too many guests from parking up! And we totally fell for that decoy!)

griffith observatory hike

The trek from the Greek Theater parking to the Observatory is about .8 miles or 1.25 km and will take about 25 minutes if you are in good shape. My husband and I didn’t know all this. We just thought, “Oh look, people are walking. Let’s do that, too.”

Mid-way you will see spectacular city views from the climb.

City of Angels Los Angeles

Eyes on the prize. Griffith Observatory ahead.

hike griffith observatory

Note that this is a constant upward trek so it might even take longer than 25 minutes for most people. I think it took us about 30 minutes to get to the top.

I don’t remember the exact weather that day but it was chilly! So glad we were able to borrow a stroller blanket to keep our little girl warm and fuzzy while she napped throughout this cold winter hike! Thank you, Ninang Kaye! ❤

stoller blanket

We made it to the top! Woohoo! That certainly felt like an hour! These are some of the views from the top!

The Griffith Observatory

griffith observatory photo

I need a zoom lens for that sign to pop up! It’s Misters first time in the U.S. so he gets a shot by the legendary Hollywood sign, of course!

hollywood griffith park

Downtown Los Angeles from the top!

view from the top griffith observatory

Inside the Griffith Observatory are really cool installations about the planets.

inside the griffith observatory

This one calculates your weight in Mars!

your weight in mars

whats inside griffith observatory

I see a massive space for learning!

massive display griffith observatory

My kids and their cousin play by the gigantic sundial appropriately located at the deck outside the cafeteria while we wait for the golden sunset.

sundial griffith observatory

giant sundial griffith observatory

sunset from griffith observatory

This little one wanted to see the sunset, too!

sunset griffith observatory

Watching people watching the sun go down. Oh, how we loved the Griffith Observatory! If we lived in L.A, this would be one of our key places to go on weekends!

griffith observatory golden hour

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 Noon – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Closed on Mondays

Admission and parking is FREE.



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