- Location: Casiano Road, west Los Angeles. From the Valley, take the 405 Freeway south to Getty Center Drive (exit 59). Turn left and follow Getty Center Drive 1.5 miles south to Moraga Drive. Turn left and go 0.3 mile to Bellagio Road. Turn left and follow Bellagio, which becomes Casiano Road, for a total of 1.2 miles. Park where available near the end of Casiano Road at the trailhead for the East Sepulveda Fire Road. From the south, take the 405 Freeway to Moraga Drive (exit 57B). Follow Moraga a short distance to Bellagio Road. Turn left and follow Bellagio Road and then Casiano Road for a total of 1.2 miles to the trail head.
- Agency: Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
- Distance: 2.6 miles
- Elevation gain: 400-800 feet
- Difficulty Rating: PG
- Suggested time: 1.5 hours
- Best season: Year round but hot during the summer
- Dogs: Allowed on leash (exercise caution on warm days)
- Cell phone reception: Good; weak to fair in some spots
- Water: None
- Restrooms: None
- Camping/backpacking: None
- Recommended gear: sun hat; hiking poles
- More information: Trip description here; Yelp page here
- Rating: 3
Updated August 2018
Calling it the “405 View Trail” might be more accurate – but the Getty View Trail is still not a bad choice for hikers who find themselves anywhere near the Sepulveda Pass and want to stretch their legs. The original Getty View Trail climbed 500 feet from just off the freeway to a ridge. In its current configuration, the Getty View Trail is concurrent with the East Sepulveda Fire Road, which stretches 1.3 miles from the end of Casiano Road to a gated community, climbing about 400 feet in the process. A series of use trails and fire breaks parallel the road, allowing for additional variety and challenge; these segments add about 200 feet of elevation gain in each direction.
From the trail head, pass the metal gate and begin your trek north. Needless to say, the traffic from the 405 Freeway far below is hard to ignore, but at least you can be thankful not to be stuck in it. To your right (east) is Hoag Canyon and a series of mansions dotting the ridge on the opposite side. The initial climb is steady (almost 300 feet in 0.8 mile) but the grade levels out for the last half mile.
When you reach the metal gate at the end of the trail, you can return either via the same route or along the fire breaks. Depending on air quality, the southbound views may include Old Saddleback, downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica Bay, Catalina Island and the Getty Museum.
Text and photography copyright 2018 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. By reading this, you agree not to hold the author or publisher of the content on this web site responsible for any injuries or inconveniences that may result from hiking on this trail. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.