ElevationAscent: 593' 181 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 1,285' 392 m
Low: 701' 214 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Some singletrack and doubletrack combine to offer urban dwellers in the L.A. basin a quick escape above the city.”— Timo Leahy
There are a few fun facts about the canyon and park found here.
When accessing by bike from the basin, get to Lake Drive and ride north for a 125 yards and go right up Hastain Drive until you reach the top. It's about 2.3 miles round trip, moderate to strenuous.
Rising steadily on a fire road through a chaparral covered slope, you'll arrive at an overlook offering views of the lower canyon, west Los Angeles and, on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean. From there, the trail drops down to a short but fun singletrack trail to the lawn at the Ranch Area next to the old Doheny house. There are a few steep sections and switchbacks and since this section is shared by hikers going up, please use caution.
If you keep riding up the canyon on Franklin Canyon Drive, you can link Upper Franklin Canyon Drive Trail on the left with the Oak Trail spur that connects to the Betty Dearing Trail.
If driving, from the 101 Freeway, take Coldwater Canyon Boulevard south to the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive. Make a 90-degree right turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive. There is no street sign "Franklin Canyon." Road signs read "Road Closed 800 Feet" and "Sunset to Sunrise"; this is the park entrance. Do not make a U-turn for this will bring you onto Mulholland Drive instead of Franklin Canyon. Stay on paved surface to reach the Sooky Goldman Nature Center and continue south of the lake for 1.5 miles to reach the Franklin Canyon Ranch Site area.
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ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area