Los Angeles, CA

Downtown L.A.: Echo Lake Park & Silver Lake Reservoir

This is a nice escape amidst the bustle and traffic of L.A.’s downtown core. The run combines the paths around Echo Lake Park and Silver Lake Reservoir, which are 1.5 miles apart. Of the two, Echo Lake is prettier, in a park with nice landscaping and a  ~1 mile perimeter path. Silver Lake Reservoir is a bit gritter, with a fence around part of its perimeter. There’s more of a path on the east side, and decent views of the water from most of Silver Lake Dr. on the west end. There’s no beautiful way to connect the two parks. Rather than super-busy Glendale Blvd., from Echo Lake we recommend N. Alvarado St. to Berkeley Ave. to N. Benton Way/Effie St./Fanning St. For the return, Sunset Blvd.

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Essentials
  • 6.5 mile loop
  • 327 feet
  • Echo Lake Park, off Echo Lake Rd.
  • Parking in area