The Lazy Hiker


Briar Summit Open Space Preserve


There really isn't all that much here - there are no hiking trails to speak of, only an access road; the views are nice, but not spectacular; but what you do get is solitude. I came up here on a Memorial Day weekend, and I had the place to myself. Though there may not be many humans here, mule deer, fox & bobcat are among the wildlife in this 52-acre mountain ridge.

Boulders on Briar Summit

The trailhead starts on a private access road in a residential area at an elevation of 1,228 ft. The road winds uphill fairly gently for about 0.25 mile where you'll arrive at a large turnout where there are several large boulders. There's a nice view from here looking over Laurel Canyon.

The Miracle Mile from Briar Summit water tower

Continuing up the hill you’ll arrive shortly at a water tower nestled in a jumble of trees. There's a good photo op here looking out over the canyon. The trail then swings sharply to the left and provides some nice views to the east of Cahuenga Peak, Mt. Lee, Mt. Hollywood and a distant Griffith Observatory. The road ends at the radio towers a short distance away. You can head up a small trail to the left for some more nice views to the south.

Spur trail on Briar Summit

Retrace your steps back to the turnout. There's a short spur trail here and one a little further down the access road - both of which head out onto small ridges. Adding the distance of the spur trails, the entire hike works out to be just about a mile and be completed in well under an hour.

Details
Distance: 1 mi
Duration: 45 mins
Elevation Range: 1,228 - 1,473 ft
Net Elevation Gain: 245 ft
Total Elevation Gain: 295 ft
Trailhead Address: 7990 Briar Summit Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.124771, -118.371237
Description: A short hike with nice views over Laurel Canyon and the high peaks of Griffith Park.