Located in the southeast corner of Griffith Park, Beacon Hill is the easternmost summit in the Santa Monica Mountain Range. The 1,001-foot hill towers over the Los Angeles River and provides panoramic views from Burbank to Santa Monica Bay. On a clear day, Beacon Hill issues a stunning panorama. The summit can be reached a 3.9-mile loop, with a 500 feet of elevation change.
The quality of the view from this low summit on a clear day is quite surprising. To the south, just a few miles away is the skyline of downtown Los Angeles. Before that, Silver Lake Reservoir, the 5 Freeway, and the Los Angeles River are all in sight. To the west, Santa Monica Bay offers a glistening ocean wink. On the clearest of days following a rainstorm, barges can even be spotted on the Pacific. To the west and northwest are the higher summits of Griffith Park, Mount Hollywood and Mount Bell. To the north and east are the cities of Glendale, Eagle Rock, and Burbank, framed by the Verdugo Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains, which rise above the urban landscape. Even Mount Baldy is visible from Beacon Hill. It is quite a sight!