Guidebook

Best Hikes in LA: Coastal, Suburban, and Epic Summits

Escape suburbia by exploring Los Angeles's numerous hiking trails!

Description

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis filled with cars, buildings, and strip malls for miles. With a population of 18.7 million people in the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area, most outsiders wouldn’t even dream of coming to Los Angeles to hike. But the millions of adventurous people that live here know that despite being such a massive megalopolis, LA has easy access to incredible hiking right on its doorstep!

Los Angeles is confined into a relatively limited geographical area by the Pacific Ocean on one side, and the San Gabriel Mountains on the other. The San Gabriels soar to heights over 10,000 feet, rising dramatically from the ocean. Most of this mountain range is protected by the Angeles National Forest, the most visited national forest in the United States. The hiking opportunities in the Angeles National Forest are abundant!

Even closer to home for the locals, the greater LA area—especially Orange County—has a surprising number of fantastic parks chock full of trails for shorter outings. In this guidebook, we’ve attempted to combine both big hiking efforts and quick hits, both providing a quick dose of nature and an escape from suburbia.

Mount Wilson
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Mount Wilson

Los Angeles
6 - 7 hrs
22.6 km
1,532 m
1,532 m
Towering above the Los Angeles metro area, Mount Wilson is a formidable—but rewarding—objective.
Severe
Private
Point Dume Trail
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Point Dume Trail

Los Angeles
0 - 1 hrs
1.8 km
80 m
80 m
Spiraling path to a panorama over the Pacific, with tide pools and whale watching opportunities.
Easy
Private
Bridge to Nowhere
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Bridge to Nowhere

Los Angeles
3 - 4 hrs
14.7 km
437 m
435 m
Hike to a photogenic arch bridge curiously placed in a mountain wilderness area, with river crossings and swimming holes along the way.
Moderate
Private
M*A*S*H TV Set Hike
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M*A*S*H TV Set Hike

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
7.6 km
133 m
133 m
Scenic hike through Malibu Creek State Park to the filming location of a famous TV show.
Easy
Private
Runyon Canyon Highpoint Loop
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Runyon Canyon Highpoint Loop

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
5.4 km
258 m
258 m
Linkup of all the major viewpoints in one of the best parks near Hollywood.
Moderate
Private
Red Rock Canyon via Billy Goat Trail
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Red Rock Canyon via Billy Goat Trail

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
5.2 km
247 m
247 m
Explore fantastic rock formations via hiker-only trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.
Moderate
Private
Dana Point Preserve Trail
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Dana Point Preserve Trail

0 - 1 hrs
1.4 km
42 m
42 m
Nature walk with great views over the ocean and a chance of spotting whales.
Easy
Private
Eaton Canyon Falls
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Eaton Canyon Falls

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
5.7 km
161 m
161 m
Very popular hike to one of LA-area's favorite waterfalls.
Moderate
Private
Santa Anita Canyon - Mt. Zion Loop
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Santa Anita Canyon - Mt. Zion Loop

Los Angeles
3 - 4 hrs
13.4 km
701 m
700 m
Full-value loop combining Sturtevant Falls, Mt. Zion summit, and swimming holes in Big Santa Anita Canyon.
Difficult
Private
Echo Mountain Loop
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Echo Mountain Loop

Los Angeles
2 - 3 hrs
9.1 km
575 m
574 m
Historic path to a ruined resort and one of the best views over Pasadena, plus the waterfalls of Rubio Canyon
Difficult
Private
Morton Peak
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Morton Peak

1 - 2 hrs
4.7 km
206 m
206 m
Gentle uphill hike to an impressive viewpoint and historic lookout tower in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Moderate
Private
Temescal Canyon Loop
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Temescal Canyon Loop

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
5.1 km
273 m
273 m
Combination valley and ridge hike, with a waterfall as well as hilltop views.
Moderate
Private
Tuna Canyon Budwood Motorway
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Tuna Canyon Budwood Motorway

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
4.9 km
189 m
189 m
Ridgeline walk with ocean views above the Pacific Coast Highway
Easy
Private
Mount Baldy Summit Loop
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Mount Baldy Summit Loop

Los Angeles
4 - 5 hrs
16.4 km
1,218 m
1,218 m
Challenging and scenic hike in the alpine terrain of Los Angeles County's tallest mountain.
Difficult
Private