booked tour due to photo that we ride under the Hollywood Sign. We could see it as we were coming back to the gate at the end of the ride but dont go anywhere near it. I could have got a Taxi to the sign as there is a viewing spot for tourist on Mulholland Hwy and got great photos. Very disappointing they advertise to go to the Hollywood Sign but dont.
It is not difficult riding as all at walking pace. The horses are calm and easy to ride. It is easier to ride than hike in Griffin park and the route takes you from the stables to the top of a hill above Griffin observatory with great views of Los Angeles. The tour includes transport from your hotel to the ranch and back which proved efficient and convenient. Overall I did not find Los Angeles to be my type of city, but this ride was worth it and enjoyable and made me like Los Angeles a bit more.
This was the surprise highlight of our LA trip. Truly a wonderful, relaxing way to slow down in a high-energy metropolis. Definitely take the 2 hour tour! Our guide name forgotten, she had blond hair, probably in 20's was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area, and was very in control of all of the horses. The horses follow each other single file up the trail to the top of the mountain, with that said, if you are looking to have involved conversation, might be difficult. The guide cycled around on her horse explaining what we were seeing and getting to know us. The horses move at a VERY gentle pace most hikers were passing us, which gives you time to enjoy the views. We went in winter so it was quite temperate if you go in spring/summer/fall make sure to bring a hat and sunblock as there isn't much shade. The view opens up at the very top of the trail and is truly worth the ride up. The horses have a lot of personality and occasional gas and were very mellow and sweet. Our guide seemed to match our personalities with our horses I'm not kidding. We didn't want our tour to end.