DoLA's Guide To Hiking In LA

Whether you're planning your next Bumble date, a weekend camping adventure, or simply fulfilling a need to get outside, hiking in LA yields some of the best views in the state. We're not all traffic, beaches, and movie stars, after all: the city has a plethora of trails for hiking lovers of every experience level. We teamed up with People's Choice Beef Jerky to bring you a guide of our current favorite spots in and around Los Angeles. 

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Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve

The 399-acre Portuguese Bend Reserve was preserved in 2005 and is the largest of the ten reserves that make up the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. As well as providing community-valued recreation, it contains important linkages for wildlife and valuable native habitat for sensitive species.

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Escondido Falls

Accessed from Pacific Coast Highway about a mile south of Kanan Road in Malibu, the trail through Escondido Canyon Natural Area leads hikers (dogs on leash are welcome), mountain bikers, and equestrians 4.2 miles through oak woodland, riparian woodland, and Coastal sage scrub to the spectacular, multi-tiered 150-foot Escondido Falls—the highest in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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La Canada's Switzer Falls is a moderate trail just under 7 miles and it's open all seasons! Don't forget to get an adventure pass before you head out to avoid any pesky fees.

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Eaton Canyon Natural Area

Eaton Canyon is one of Pasadena's most frequented hiking trails. The best part? It's dog-friendly! You and your pup can head to the waterfall to cool off before heading back and finishing up your trek. Don't forget a leash though! Pet owners can be slapped with fines for roaming animals.

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Solstice Canyon

Solstice Canyon in Malibu offers one of LA's only year-round waterfalls. No matter the season, people can enjoy beach and mountainside views on this 6-mile trail.

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Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

For those who live in/are open to venturing to Orange County, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park offers people with more hiking experience quite a trail. Just $3 for a parking pass and bike-riders are welcome to take in 4,500 acres of wilderness and natural open space land. 

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Fryman Canyon Park

Located in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains on the north side of Mulholland Drive, 122-acre Fryman Canyon Park offers spectacular views, a fitness course, and access to the Betty B. Dearing Cross Mountain Trail. The Dearing Trail traverses the park and connects to Wilacre Park, Franklin Canyon, and Coldwater Canyon Park.

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Runyon Canyon Trails

It wouldn't be an accurate LA hiking guide if we didn't mention the trail that gets you to that view of that Hollywood sign! Runyon Canyon trails have backdropped innumerable selfies and social posts and for a good reason. It offers one of the most expansive views of the city.

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Los Liones Canyon Trailhead

Los Liones trail steadily climbs from the Day Use Trail to the East Topanga Fire Road. The higher you get, the better the views of the Pacific Ocean, which is only a couple miles away. The trail weaves through lush vegetation in the canyon and then up into Chaparral. At the end of the trail is a clearing with a bench that looks down to the Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. On a clear day, there’s even a view out to Catalina Island.

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Wisdom Tree Hiking Trail

Wisdom Tree Hiking Trail or the Cahuenga Peak is a 3-mile trip to astounding views in Griffith Park. Once you get to the peak, you can drink in the landscape, stack a pile of rocks and make a wish. The trail can be quite steep so make sure you're prepared for the inclines and descents. 

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Zuma Ridge Trailhead

For those who want to be a little closer to nature, join the tracks of deer and rabbits at Zuma Canyon. Take in idyllic streams that run through the canyons and enjoy the elements; pups are welcome too as long as they’re on a leash!

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Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon

You can park, picnic and hike at the Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon Park. The 2 and a half mile trail is perfect for ocean, mountain, and Corral Creek views.

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