Guidebook

Trail Running Los Angeles: Best Runs in the City

You don’t have to leave Los Angeles to run on great trails.

Description

When running on the hot pavement in crowded Los Angeles, you might not imagine that dirt tracks and green hills are close by... but they are! LA is, in fact, surrounded by mountains with a plethora of trails, and the city itself is dotted with public greenspace. This convenient access, along with Southern California’s abundant warm and dry days, makes Los Angeles one of America’s best big cities for trail running. You can run for miles on trails within the limits of LA and its surrounding suburbs.

At times you might fight traffic on the roads and contend with crowds on the trails, but as a runner, it’s easier to confront these challenges of the urban area. You can arrive at less-busy hours, like early morning or a weekday afternoon, and log a few fast miles. If a place does become crowded, you can get farther down the trail than most other trail users, and leave them all behind. Don’t let the enormity of the metropolis dissuade you from running, and don’t think for a second that the West Coast’s largest city can’t have good trails. Los Angeles is sure to surprise you if you give these runs in the city a try.

Runyon Canyon Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Runyon Canyon Loop

Los Angeles
5.0 km
247 m
247 m
Workout with a view on the ridges above West Hollywood.
Moderate
Private
Bee Rock and Mount Hollywood Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bee Rock and Mount Hollywood Loop

Los Angeles
9.8 km
430 m
431 m
Running Mount Hollywood from bottom to top.
Difficult
Private
Hastain Trail Overlook Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hastain Trail Overlook Loop

Los Angeles
4.1 km
186 m
186 m
Hill and ridgeline run with a view over Beverly Hills.
Moderate
Private
Cross Mountain Loop

Cross Mountain Loop

Los Angeles
8.2 km
333 m
333 m
Continuous ups and downs through wooded hills and canyons above Studio City.
Difficult
Private
Sullivan Canyon and Westridge Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Sullivan Canyon and Westridge Loop

Los Angeles
14.6 km
562 m
562 m
A tough mountain run with outstanding views over Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
Difficult
Private
Baldwin Hill Run
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Baldwin Hill Run

Los Angeles
2.2 km
102 m
95 m
Quick cardio on the stairs or the trail to an overlook of the city.
Moderate
Private
Kenneth Hahn Big Hill Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kenneth Hahn Big Hill Loop

Los Angeles
6.4 km
170 m
170 m
Up over the ridge and back again, with great views the whole way.
Moderate
Private
Ocean Trails Reserve
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Ocean Trails Reserve

Los Angeles
5.1 km
136 m
136 m
Dramatic views and quality trails atop bluffs overlooking the ocean.
Easy
Private