Hike Peanut Lake

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A small lake with scenic views of Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Mountains. The Peanut Lake is a short hike offering pond surrounded by evergreen trees and panoramic sights over the San Gabriel Mountains, Highland Park, North East and Downtown Los Angeles.


– Distance: 2,3 miles out and back

– Difficulty: Easy

– Time: 1:00 hour

There are a few different routes in the park leading to Peanut Lake. I started at the entrance located across Hermon Park. Pass the gate to engage on the trail.

The path is large, and the ascension will offer scenic views over the city and the Angel Forest.

You almost reach the lake as you discern the iconic skyscrapers from DTLA.

Take a seat and relax, you attain Peanut Lake. I did a quick loop around it and enjoyed the panorama

Head toward the terrace at the edge of the lake to find a secret swing by the shaded grove.

Backtrack down to complete this hike.

Article based on my hike in January 2021.

*COVID-19 update as of March 2021*

  • Please wear a mask and practice physical distance of 6 feet
  • Please check L.A County’s health and safety protocols before your walk

Address:  Peanut Lake, 5637 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA


– Park open from sunset to sundown

– Parking: free street parking. You can also park at Hermon Park located across the trail entrance

– Grab water, hiking or tennis shoes, and sun cream.

– Limited shade and no water station

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