Kenneth Hahn Park Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||2.4 miles (3.9 km)|
|Hike Time||1 Hour (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||305 feet (93m)|
|Highest Elevation||500 feet (152m)|
|Fees & Permits||Parking Fee Weekends & Holidays|
|Park Contact||Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area|
The Kenneth Hahn Park hike brings you through a natural oasis in the middle of west LA. There’s tons of wildlife, great sunsets, and views of downtown LA. In fact, Kenneth Hahn Park is where many professional photographers come to get a photo of downtown LA with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background.
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area was named after local politician and civil rights supporter, Kenneth Hahn. Kenneth Hahn was the only LA public official who greeted Martin Luther King Jr. when he came to Los Angeles after confronting the police dogs and water hoses of Birmingham. Before that, Kenneth Hahn park was the site of the first official Olympic Village in 1932.
You might also recognize the park from movies, television and videos. It was used in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Swordfish, and the a Snoop video “Nothin’ But a G Thang.”
Getting to Kenneth Hahn Park
Use this address: 4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90056, USA.
The hike is close to LAX, so if you want to get a hike in before a flight, Kenneth Hahn is a good choice.
There’s a parking fee on weekends and holidays, but you can use a California State Parks pass. Otherwise parking is free.
Gear For the Hike
You can do this hike in workout clothes, you don’t need hardcore hiking gear. It can get hot in the summer.
I’ve seen all kinds of wildlife on the Kenneth Hahn Park hike – lizards, snakes, coyotes, hawks, moles, barn swallows, owls, squirrels and tons of rabbits. Keep your eyes open and camera ready.
Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.
Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.
This is a super-light and comfortable backpack that can hold everything you need on a hike, including a hydration bladder. It also works great as a general backpack or carry-on.
Make your photos stand out by using this lightweight, do-anything tripod. The Joby attaches your smartphone to trees, rocks, whatever you can find on the trail. Folds down compactly too.
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