Guidebook

Best Hikes for the Family in Los Angeles

Visitors and locals alike will love these family-friendly trails near the city.

Description

Los Angeles is known as many things, but a top hiking destination isn’t commonly what comes to mind. It should be, though, because the mountains and canyons surrounding LA hold many adventures, including trails, overlooks, and even waterfalls. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or have lived here your whole life, there’s undoubtedly some outdoor fun that you and your family haven’t yet discovered.

The options are more than you might imagine, but you can start with this list of family-friendly hikes in the greater LA area. They include celebrity-studded trails above Hollywood, hidden swimming holes in forested canyons, lofty summits in the San Gabriel Mountains, and ocean overlooks atop coastal bluffs. They range from very easy to somewhat difficult, so you can surely find the ideal adventure for your family.

Runyon Canyon Highpoint Loop
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Runyon Canyon Highpoint Loop

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
5.4 km
259 m
259 m
Linkup of all the major viewpoints in one of the best parks near Hollywood.
Moderate
Private
Middlecrest Trail Loop

Middlecrest Trail Loop

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
5.6 km
148 m
148 m
Hike to a grassy hilltop in Bonelli Park with 360-degree views.
Easy
Private
Griffith Observatory to Hollywood Sign
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Griffith Observatory to Hollywood Sign

Los Angeles
2 - 3 hrs
10.4 km
438 m
435 m
Enjoyable hike overlooking LA
Moderate
Private
Ocean Trails Reserve
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Ocean Trails Reserve

Los Angeles
0 - 1 hrs
4.3 km
114 m
113 m
Network of trails along bluffs and beaches with whale-spotting opportunities.
Easy
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
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
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
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
698 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
556 m
556 m
Historic path to a ruined resort and one of the best views over Pasadena, plus the waterfalls of Rubio Canyon.
Difficult
Private