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Griffith Park: Old Zoo Loop

A post-apocalyptic hike through an abandoned zoo.

Hiking Easy

4 km
141 m
141 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
158 m
High Point
221 m
Griffith Park: Old Zoo Loop Map

This short, family-friendly hike tours the site of an abandoned zoo that was closed in 1966. On this short loop hike, you'll see the abandoned animal enclosures, towering trees, and other exhibits that have gone to seed. This hike has a post-apocalyptic feel to it that's truly unique!


The route shown here tours the old zoo and traverses some narrow and slightly steeper trails on the mountainside to create a loop. From the elevated trails, you get a different perspective on the area. But for an even easier walk, you can focus on just walking around the zoo itself.

Sources: https://www.10adventures.com/hikes/los-angeles/griffith-park-old-zoo-loop/



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Family friendly

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