Coldwater Canyon Park is a pretty good gem on the San Fernando Valley side of the Santa Monica Mountains–have a picnic, hike to Fryman canyon, take in the scenery.
Fun Fact on Coldwater Canyon Park
Though it lies within the 90210 zip code, Coldwater Canyon Park does not lie within the Beverly Hills City Limit. Technically it is in the City of LA. Google will tell you the park is in Beverly Hills, but Google will also show you a boundary map of Beverly Hills that says otherwise. But don’t worry, it only gets more confusing. There’s also another Coldwater Canyon Park very nearby that actually is in Beverly Hills, just down the other side of the mountain from the Valley park.
Hiking Coldwater Canyon Park
With easy parking, full facilities and a variety of short trails, Coldwater Canyon Park is the perfect place for nature walks and short hikes. The park offers fountains, gardens, an amphitheater and cobbled staircases, which all make for nice scenic walking. With access to bigger trails that offer panoramic vistas of the Valley and the distant Santa Susana and San Gabriel mountain ranges, it’s also a great place to start a longer hike. There is one main trail, Oak Trail, which will connect you to the bigger trails in the area.
Oak Trail: is a short trail for beginner to intermediate hikers who just want nice nature walk while at the park. Oak Trail ends where it intersects with Betty B. Dearing Trail which will take more ambitious hikers into Fryman Canyon
Betty B. Dearing Trail: This is about a 5-mile out and back hike. It gets pretty rugged and steep in places so be mindful of your shoe choice. Bring water.
Getting to the Park from Studio City and Sherman Oaks
You will likely take Coldwater Canyon Avenue. Head up-mountain. Just as you reach Mulholland you will see Tree People on the left. The Tree People facility is in the park, and you can use their parking. Once you park, just start walking north, northeast and you will find yourself standing among gardens and fountains and trails. There’s plenty of signage to help you navigate the park.