Summer is nearly upon us, which means you’re probably starting to think about ways to enjoy The Great Outdoors! Hiking is one of the most rewarding summer activities – you explore new areas, get in touch with nature, and get great exercise.
If you’re in Los Angeles, you’ve come to the right place. While it might not be the first place you’d think of for a hiking trip, LA is more than Hollywood, beaches, and Mexican food. So, if you find yourself there this summer you should definitely get out on the trails. We’ve got a list of awesome hikes you can do in the Greater Los Angeles area to get you started.
Everyone wants to do this at least once, right? Hiking to the Hollywood Sign is a right of passage for Angelenos and a great bucket list item to check off for visitors.
There are three options for the trail that will take you up there depending on your ability and desire for challenge:
· Mt. Hollywood Trail: If you want an easier hike, choose this very popular trail. There are a couple of starting points – if you want to take the one at Griffith Observatory, get there early since parking fills up.
· Brush Canyon Trail: This is a moderate, out and back route. It gains 1,000 feet over 6 miles. Dogs are welcome, but know that there are also bobcats here. Bring plenty of water, the whole trail is exposed.
· Cahuenga Peak: This route is challenging and the trail is rugged. The loop trail is just about 4 miles and you’ll gain about 1,400 feet in elevation. It winds through Griffith Park, going right past the park’s well-known wisdom tree.
Located near West Hollywood, Runyon Canyon Park has a few short loop trails of varying lengths. They’re all fairly steep, so you’ll get both a decent workout and a view.
Like many local hikes, this one has great scenery. But what it also has is a great scene. The vibe on the trail is very Hollywood, so if you’re trying to get your steps in while “experiencing” LA culture, this one is for you!
If you’re looking to head a bit further afield to feel like you “got out of town” then drive about an hour east toward Malibu. Malibu Creek State Park has lots of recreational activities, including miles of hiking trails.
There are lots of different trails of varying lengths (scroll to the bottom of this page to view them) including hikes to the M*A*S*H set and a swimming hole called Rock Pool.
For avid hikers looking for a more extreme trail, go about 35 minutes from downtown to the Mount Lowe Railway Trail. This strenuous loop trail is nearly ten miles and rated as hard due to the 2,400 feet in elevation it gains. The loop takes you along an old railway on saddles and ridges to an abandoned town. It combines great views with some exploring!
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