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7 Los Angeles Hiking Spots

Retreat from the mundane with these local hikes

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View of the San Fernando Valley from Wilacre Park

Los Angeles is no stranger to defying expectations. Native Angelenos know that within the sprawling city hub, there is nature all around us — from the ocean, to the canyons, to the mountains and foothills all around the city. Next time you need an escape from city life, look no further than these seven urban hikes conveniently located in your own backyard.

  1. Griffith Park — Los Feliz.  Nearly six times the size of New York’s Central Park, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness in America, according to FoodandWine.com. The park boasts incredible views of the city, the Griffith Observatory and the famous “hike to the Hollywood sign.”
  2. Wilacre Park — Studio City. Just off Laurel Canyon is scenic Wilacre Park, a 2.7 mile loop with views of the San Fernando Valley. Though the hike is only moderate difficulty, experienced hikers may choose to explore adjacent Fryman Canyon, which connects through Wilacre Park.
  3. Sullivan Canyon — Brentwood. Nestled among the narrow winding roads that make up Brentwood’s neighborhoods is the Sullivan Canyon trailhead. The entire loop is 8 miles total.
  4. Runyon Canyon — West Hollywood. This 3.5 mile dog-friendly trail is known locally as a place for fitness as much as a place to socialize.
  5. Arroyo Seco — Pasadena. This majestic trail snakes around the Pasadena Rose Bowl and up into the San Gabriel Mountains with views of the city.
  6. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook — Culver City. Even Culver City offers its own hiking trails. The overlook is frequented by the city’s early birds, as runners and walkers are seen on the trail every morning.
  7. Temescal Canyon — Pacific Palisades. A 2.5 mile hike with canyon and glittering oceans views throughout.


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