LA’s Best Hiking Trails

Hiking in LA is a great to discover why LA is the Sunshine state. Discover beautiful views, native planet and if your quite wild life. Remember a few things when hiking, wear sturdy hiking shoes, carry plenty of water, use sun screen and wear sunglasses. Also, take a long a camera and stay on the trails that are marked.

Heart-of-Hollywood Hike

Trail: Runyon Canyon Loop
Distance: About 3 miles round-trip

By no means is this hike a wilderness experience, so if you’re looking for solitude, you might want to try other trails. On the other hand, this is a great hike for people-watching, and it gives beginning hikers a chance to check out the Hollywood Hills and the amazing views at the trail summit, known as Cloud’s Rest. Whether you’re wearing the latest hiking gear or just sneakers and sun hats, this is a fun hike highlighted by million dollar mansions and priceless views of the Hollywood sign, the Sunset Strip and the LA Basin.

Griffith Park Trails

Trail: Griffith Observatory West Loop
Distance: About 2.5 miles

The hike starts at the Fern Dell picnic area near Los Feliz Boulevard. You can pick up the trail near the creek past the restrooms. Stay to the right and head uphill toward the Griffith Observatory. You’ll be able to stop and enjoy views of the city along the way. As the path flattens out, you’ll see a trail to the right leading up to the observatory. On the way back, stay right all the way down the hill. The trail will curve around a bit and then take you back to the Fern Dell picnic area.

Trails: Brush Canyon Trail
Distance: About 2 miles

You can park in the lot on Canyon Drive, located just past Bronson Park. From there, head uphill past the gate and pick up the trail on the fire road heading toward the Pacific Electric quarry. You’ll pass a park and a picnic area and then climb out of the canyon. After about 3/4 of a mile, the trail intersects with the Mulholland Trail. Follow the trail to the right and continue another 1/4 mile to Mount Hollywood Drive. To get back, follow the same route, taking a left at the Mulholland Trail junction.

Will Rogers State Park Trek

Trail: Rustic Canyon Loop/ Inspiration Point Trail
Distance: About 6 miles round-trip

During the 1920s, Will Rogers, one of Hollywood’s Royalty,  bought land in Santa Monica, where he developed a ranch and Hiking Trails.  Hikers can enjoy a moderate 3-mile loop to Inspiration Point. Adventurous hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can tackle the Backbone Trail into the Santa Monica Mountains, which can take you all the way to Point Mugu.

Santa Monica Mountains Waterfall Trek

Trail: Escondido Canyon and Fall
Distance: 4.2 miles round-trip

Not all of Malibu’s riches are multi-million-dollar mansions. Tucked among the gated seaside mega-homes, Escondido Canyon Park holds a liquid asset for everyone to cash in on: Escondido Falls, the highest waterfall in the Santa Monica Mountains. The 4.2-mile round-trip trek to this multi-tiered stunner begins on a paved residential road overlooking the Pacific; after about a mile, the road links with the Escondido Canyon Trail.

 

 

Source: DiscoverLA

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