Hiking in Los Angeles

This list includes some of the prime locations to take a hike in Los Angeles.

There is a great hike along park access roads to just behind the Hollywood Sign. The tricky thing with this trek first driving up through the twisty hillside roads and then finding parking near the start of the trail. For a longer hike, you can walk all the way up here from other parts of Griffith Park (a park full of hiking opportunities).

Other inner city parks with that making good hiking locations include Brand Park (in Glendale, providing access to the Verdugo Mountains) and Franklin Canyon (on the westside in the Santa Monica Mountains). Heading towards the ocean is Topanga Park, where you can get some great expansive views of the Pacific.

In addition to the beaches, heading up the coast through Malibu there are a whole string of state parks with hiking opportunities. Solstice Canyon makes for a very picturesque hike, Leo Carrillo State Park and Point Mugu State Park are also good outdoor destinations.

The list rounds out heading east towards Pasadena. Just head north from the upscale neighborhoods of Pasadena and you end up right in the San Gabriel Mountains! Millard Canyon Falls and Monrovia Canyon Falls are just two of the many hikes in this area.

Going even farther east we end up at Mt. Baldy (also called San Antonio Mountain). This is the highest peak in the whole area and the hike to the top is a classic Los Angeles area excursion.


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6342 Mulholland Highway
Griffith Park

Beacon of Tinseltown... read more

Runyon Canyon

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2000 North Fuller

Amazing views and natural beauty in the heart of Hollywood... read more

Griffith Park

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4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Hollywood; entrances are along Los Feliz Blvd., at Riverside Dr., Vermont Ave., and Western Ave

Tons of Activities... read more

Brand Park

1601 W. Mountain Street

Great hiking and the historic Brand Library...
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Franklin Canyon Site

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Island of open space, surrounded by city... read more

Topanga State Park

20825 Entrada Road

Great hiking trails... read more

Solstice Canyon Trail

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Multi-level ruins beside a shady stream... read more

Millard Canyon Falls Trail

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A hike by the falls... read more

Monrovia Canyon Falls

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1.5 mile hike to a waterfall... read more

Baldy Notch to Mt. San Antonio Trail

Baldy Notch to Mt. San Antonio Trail brings you to the top of the crown jewel of the San Gabriel Mountains, majestic Mt. San Antonio (10,064 ft. elevation) towers over all other peaks in the range... read more
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