Kenneth Hahn Park Hike

Kenneth Hahn Park Hike

In This Guide
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions
  • Kenneth Hahn Park Trail Maps
  • How to Get to Kenneth Hahn Park
Distance2.4 miles (3.9 km)
Hike Time1 Hour (Total)
DifficultyEasy
Total Ascent (?)305 feet (93m)
Highest Elevation500 feet (152m)
Fees & PermitsParking Fee Weekends & Holidays
Dog FriendlyLeashed
Park ContactKenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Park Phone323-298-3660

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.”

Kenneth Hahn Snoop Video
See those wooden structures behind Snoop and Dre? You’ll see them on this hike. Looks like they’re fans of the Kenneth Hahn Park hike too. I hope they stayed hydrated.

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.

Kenneth Hahn Park Hike parking lot
After pulling into Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area main entrance, drive a minute and make the left into the Olympic Forest parking lot.
Olympic Forest parking lot
Walk to the far end of the Olympic Forest parking lot to start the hike.

Gear For the Hike

rattlesnake sign
Don’t let this hike’s urban location fool you, there are rattlesnakes and other critters here. Bring a camera.

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*.

La Sportiva Spire

La Sportiva Spire GTX

Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.

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Rei Flash 22

REI Flash 22 Pack

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.

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Joby On Triee

Joby Smartphone Tripod

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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Kenneth Hahn Park Trail Maps

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Here’s what I use to navigate my hikes. I recommend a combination of paper and electronic options with backups.

Gaiagps

Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS is a planning and navigation tool that you can use on your phone, tablet, and the web. I use it on my phone when I need to interact with the map and know where my position is on it. I use it at home on the computer to plan routes. You can overlay maps such as public lands to find out free places to camp. It’s a powerful tool.

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Fenix Nav

Garmin Fenix Watch

This thing does everything: maps, GPX tracks, compass, barometer, altitude, heart rate, blood oxygen, fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and the list goes on. I keep a GPX route on the watch so I can quickly glance down and make sure I’m in the right place.

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Topo Map

Topo Maps & Guide Books

Don’t be caught out if your batteries die. Take a topo map with you on the trail. Some people also print my guides out for use on the hike.

I also highly recommend taking a map and compass navigation course. It’s a few hours, it’s fun, and it could save your life.

Map and Compass Navigation Basics Classes

Don’t just rely on a cell phone, especially if you are hiking in the backcountry.

Kenneth Hahn Park Hike 3d map
This Kenneth Hahn Park hike follows the perimeter of the park and hits all the attractions like the Japanese Garden.

Kenneth Hahn Park Hike Directions

Japanese Gardens
Start the hike at the Japanese Gardens. Go through the gate and check out the ponds and landscaped area. The Japanese Gardens are popular for weddings and celebrations.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
At the far end of the Japanese Garden, hike the trail on the right, up the hill.
Japanese gate
You’ll go through a Japanese gate, keep hiking up.
waterfall
When you get to the waterfall, hike up to the left of it.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
Hike up the stairs behind the waterfall and make the left.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail junction
At about 0.3 miles, there’s a junction, hike straight through it.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
Hike to the right and curve up the main path, avoiding side trails.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
The trail starts climb along the fence.
views of downtown LA
As you hike up the hill, you’ll start seeing those postcard views of downtown LA.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
The trail twists through some wooded areas.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
The trail starts winding up switchbacks. You’re almost at the top part of the park.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
The trail emerges at a major trail junction. There’s great views to the left. Hike straight through.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike views
The hike reaches the top of Kenneth Hahn Park. Soak in the views from the San Gabriel mountains to the Pacific.
cris hazzard on Kenneth Hahn Park Hike
If you’re looking to take photos, this area will offer the best options on the hike.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
The trail splits, keep right to soak in more views.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
Hike back toward the wide trail you split off earlier.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
Follow the large trail along the top of the park.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
This stretch of the hike has more viewing opportunities.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
At about 1 mile, the trail gets narrow and starts to descend.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike switchbacks
Hike down the little switchbacks.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
The trail twists and turns on the side of the hill as you head toward the radio towers.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
At the post, make the left into the developed area of the park.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
You hike into the a more “park” section of Kenneth Hahn Park. Hike to the left off the paved trail to the dirt trail.
radio towers
Follow the trail as it becomes paved again and follows the outside of the park. At the radio towers, hike to the right.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
Before the trail loops around the park circle again, head left out of this park area.
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area access road
Hike down the path along the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area access road.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
At the bottom of the hill, make the immediate right into the fields.
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike trail
Hike on the grass path behind the playing fields. Follow this back to the parking lot where you started.

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