Hike Brand Library Trail

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Panoramic views over Glendale and Los Angeles. The Brand Library Trail offers 700 feet elevation within the first 0.5 miles to reward you with vista points over Glendale, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles.


– Distance: 2.1 miles loop

– Difficulty: Moderate

– Time: 1:00

The trail starts either at the end of Brand Park Drive (pass the Doctor’s house museum) or behind the Brand Library. I opted for the latest, the counter-clockwise loop, for an awesome workout!

Trail entrance located behind the Brand Library
Starting the ascension
Brand Park and Brand Library at the bottom

Start the ascent to this rugged trail and stop along the way to take pictures (and catch your breath!)

The first mile is the most strenuous with a steady climb to reach benches at the top.

The last hill
The last few feet before reaching the top

From there, the panorama is stunning: Glendale, Burbank, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, and more. A few signs are exploring Glendale’s history and development.

Glendale and Los Angeles
Glendale, Burbank, and San Fernando Valley

Can you picture Glendale in its early day? See below some views of the ranches and orchards.

Resting area atop the hill

Engage on the left trail to complete your loop (for extra miles, you can continue the route to the antenna). From there, the descent is on a shady rocky path. It was more than pleasant for my legs after this crazy height!

Engage on the left trail to finish the loop
The right trail leads to the antenna

The descent

Finally, you will join a paved road which is the final leg of your hike.

Article based on my hike in February 2021.

*COVID-19 update as of June 2022*

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

Address:  Brand Park, 1601 West Mountain St, Glendale, CA 91201


– I recommend hiking early morning to avoid heat

– Park open from 6 AM to one hour after sunset

– Parking: free parking at the park and library.

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

– Limited shade and no water station

Ready to hike Brand Library Trail?

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