Walking in LA – Elyria Canyon

Elyria Canyon is located on the southwestern slopes of Mount Washington.
Elyria Canyon Park is a 35-acre nature park that provides a glimpse into the native habitat that once thrived in the hills near downtown Los Angeles.
In the 19th Century is was used for sheep and cattle-raising,  now a days it’s the well hidden treasure for locals from Cypress Park and Mount Washington to hike and picnic.
Hiking the peaceful trails it’s hard to believe it is situated only 3 Miles North of downtown !
There are about two miles of trails that meander to and through Elyria Canyon Park, which is administered by the Mountains Conservancy Foundation.
The Mt. Washington Association aided by the funds and tactical skills of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy saved the canyon land from a 180-unit condo.
A network of trails meanders through coastal sage scrub, chaparral, grassland and purple needle grass (once bountiful in Southern California).
The park boasts one of the finest examples of California black walnut woodland in Southern California, the height and girth of the walnut trees, along with the tree-sized stature of toyon and blue elderberry bushes; suggest the canyon has not burned in several decades.
The trails lead to views that take in Glendale, the Los Angeles River, Griffith Observatory, and the city.
As I am frankly more concerned with counting sheep that grazing them, our hikes are less about sitting and watching my flock, than herding them up hill and down, (more akin to a cattle drive), in an attempt to ensure a good nights kip, only then does mummy get some peace to sit and ponder!
The main entrance to the park is located off Wollam Street in Glassell Park.
Exit off the 2 (Glendale) Freeway at San Fernando Road (just north of Interstate 5 and State 2 interchange).
Travel east on San Fernando Road to Division Street, turn left.
Go to Wollam Street, turn right and continue
to the end of the street and park in the dirt lot.
Trailhead signs are posted.
Alternatively you can start at the top of the trail, reached from Elyria Canyon Ave, directly opposite the Self Realization Center, on San Raphael

G’Night – Elyria Canyon Sunset Mount Washington 90065

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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9 Responses to Walking in LA – Elyria Canyon

  1. Really enjoy reading about your outdoor adventures. Makes me homesick for Southern California! Lovely stuff.

  2. Such a beautiful place! I especially love the “G’night” shot…LA as it once was.

  3. A woman's expression says:

    I am originally from the city, I love long walks in the trails as well. Something about the god’s creation that gives you such inner piece.

  4. Rio says:

    Thanks! Great pictures!

  5. Thanks for sharing this gem. We’re always looking for new adventures!

  6. Great pictures. Looks like a wonderful place for an adventure.

  7. Beautiful photos. Thanks for the share!

  8. Fede Belle says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  9. Linda says:

    Thanks for these posts on places in LA. Perhaps on a future visit there I’ll be able to go hiking at one of these places.

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