Los Angeles, California

Visit the Secret Swing in Elysian Park

0.3 Miles Total - 360 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Tori Marsh

Parks in Downtown Los Angeles are a rare find, but Elysian Park is a hidden gem and an underrated park. The secret swing is a perfect spot to take pictures, have a picnic and swing over the 110 freeway.

For the most direct directions to the swing, plug in "Swing on top of Elysian Park" into google maps, which will take you directly to the trailhead. If you want to do it the more old fashion way, the swing is on top of a hill at the intersection of Angels Point Drive and Park Row Drive in Elysian Park. There is a turn out with about 5 parking spots on Angels Point Drive. Park there, and the trail will be directly in front of you! 

The trail is pretty steep but incredibly short, and really only takes about 5 minutes to get to the top. Make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes, as the trail is steep and can be pretty slippery. 

I have been there numerous times, and have always been the only group there, many people do not know that this exists! This is also a perfect overlook for those clear days after the rain. However, if you are looking for serenity, this is probably not the place for you as it smack in the middle of DTLA, overlooking the 101.  

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Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Beautiful!

This was a super cool spot! The view of Los Angeles was beautiful! There was actually quite a few people up there already, however it was spring break. My sister and I accidentally took the hard way up. But other than that it was an easy hike.

Swing Restored!

A lot of reviews say the swing is no more, but I hiked here on 9/30/18 and it exists now! The sunsets are amazing, and there’s some cool graffiti in the area. Bring a trash bag to help pick up some litter if you’re feeling generous!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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