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.
The Kenneth Hahn Park hike is about 30 minutes from Santa Monica, LAX, and downtown LA. If you want to get a hike in before catching a flight at LAX, Kenneth Hahn Park is a good choice.
This Kenneth Hahn Park hike follows the perimeter of the park and hits all the attractions like the Japanese Garden.
Kenneth Hahn Park is situated on two main elevations, and upper and lower part. This hike starts on the lower half, then hikes to the upper, then back down. The first climb is minor at around 200 feet.
The park is named after Kenneth Hahn, a force in local politics from 1952 to 1992 and an ardent civil rights supporter.
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.
The park is often used as a location for film and video, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Swordfish, and a Snoop video.
There’s a parking fee on weekends and holidays. Otherwise parking is free.
Turn by Turn Directions
A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.