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Hastain Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
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Some singletrack and doubletrack combine to offer urban dwellers in the L.A. basin a quick escape above the city.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Doubletrack

1,285' 392 m

High

701' 214 m

Low

593' 181 m

Up

9' 3 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly Bathrooms, picnic benches, water fountains, easy hiking.

Biking only allowed on Hastain and Upper Franklin Canyon Drive Trail. Although there are other singletrack paths in the canyon, they are not accessible by bikes. There is a gate that closes at night at the bottom of the hill on N. Franklin Canyon Drive and Beverly Pl.

Need to Know

There is a drinking fountain and restrooms located next to the old Doheny house. Click here for a trail map.
There are a few fun facts about the canyon and park found here.

Description

Franklin Canyon just north of Beverly Hills has several trails that are accessible to MTB's. Hastain Drive/Hastain Trail combine to provide mostly hard pack with some loose rocks and sandy sections. There are lots of hikers and dog walkers so check your speed on the downhill. Great views of the city, some wooded areas, and even a pond and nature center can be found.

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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Timo Leahy

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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Photos

Looking down Hastain from the top.  Marine layer makes Palos Verdes look like an island in the distance.
Oct 27, 2018 near Beverly…, CA
Looking up Hastain.  Sandy section.
Oct 27, 2018 near Beverly…, CA
The empty Reservoir.  Looking south from Hastain Drive towards the L.A. basin.
Oct 27, 2018 near Beverly…, CA

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Jun 6, 2020
Timo Leahy
Open despite sign on gate. Park closes at 8:30 pm.
Mar 29, 2020
Timo Leahy
Park is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Oct 8, 2019
Joshua Melendez
Beautiful trail. Beautiful view at the end! Some steep parts some easy part! But mostly all doable. CAREFUL!! WOTH DOWNHILL SPEED. HIKERS SHARE IT! 2.4mi — 0h 26m
Feb 7, 2019
Timo Leahy
Hastain trail has been recently maintained after the rains on the lower section. The top has some ruts but nothing too crazy.