Franklin Canyon Ranch and Hastain Trails

Los Angeles, California

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Beginning at a bucolic 3-acre reservoir and duck pond, this well-graded path winds through patches of oak forest before a gradual ascent leads to scenic views of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. You will see pockets of development along the way, but heavy woodland and chaparral-covered slopes make this hike seem deeper in the wilderness than it actually is. Looking for a way to distribute water brought from the Owens Valley to Southern California, William Mulholland and the Department of Water and Power created a reservoir and power system in Franklin Canyon in the early 1900s. Luckily for today’s hikers, this move helped prevent further development of the canyon, which today is surrounded by the densely populated neighborhoods of Coldwater Canyon and Beverly Hills.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles

by Laura Randall (Menasha Ridge Press)

Beginning at a bucolic 3-acre reservoir and duck pond, this well-graded path winds through patches of oak forest before a gradual ascent leads to scenic views of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. You will see pockets of development along the way, but heavy woodland and chaparral-covered slopes make this hike seem deeper in the wilderness than it actually is.

Looking for a way to distribute water brought from the Owens Valley to Southern California, William Mulholland and the Department of Water and Power created a reservoir and power system in Franklin Canyon in the early 1900s. Luckily for today’s hikers, this move helped prevent further development of the canyon, which today is surrounded by the densely populated neighborhoods of Coldwater Canyon and Beverly Hills.

© 2016 Laura Randall/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Los Angeles
Distance: 4.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: 310-858-7272; lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=14
Local Maps: USGS Beverly Hills; at Sooky Goldman Nature Center near the Coldwater Canyon entrance, kiosks along the trails, and lamountains.com/maps/franklinCanyon.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to Franklin Canyon: Ranch and Hastain Trails

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