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Get Great Views on a hike at Getty View Park in Los Angeles County

Leave the congestion of the 405 behind on this 3-mile hike at Getty View Park. It’s an oasis high above the freeway that delivers wide-open views of Los Angeles and the iconic Getty Center.

From the trailhead, head north on East Sepulveda Fire Road and follow an easygoing path along the ridge. You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the busy freeway below, and perched atop the Santa Monica Mountains across the way, you’ll see the Getty’s curvy modern architecture, with its brilliant travertine stone facade and its tram ascending the hill. 

The fire road continues, highlighting the canyons surrounding Bel Air, until you reach a gate. For a simple out-and-back, return the way you came. Better yet, make a left and follow the path that takes you up the hilltops surrounding the fire road. (The path will sometimes drop you back onto the fire road, so be sure to keep rejoining it on the leftward side). 

This route has you tackling some climbs and steep descents, but it’s well worth the effort.  On a clear day, you’ll have sweeping views of the city from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific. From this spacious expanse of urban-meets-natural beauty, your commute feels left in the dust. For the moment.

To get to Getty View Park, take the 405 N and exit at 57B for Moraga Dr. Turn left on Bellagio Rd. and follow it until it turns into Casiano Rd. Stay on Casiano until you reach the trailhead at the end of the road. There is free street parking on Casiano Rd. Dog-friendly!

Story and photos by Yvonne Pasquini, @yvonne_pasquini

 

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