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My 3 Favorite Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

Hiking in Los Angeles is the best way to see and appreciate the beauty of this amazing city. What I love about the trails is there range from easy and extreme so regardless of your experience, you can find a trail for your next adventure. Make sure you. have your hiking essentials such as proper footwear, a lot of drinking water and protection from the sun.

Griffith Park Trails

Located in the southwest section of Griffith Park and easily accessible from Hollywood, Bronson Canyon has been a popular location for generations of filmmakers who make use of its remote-looking, somewhat alien setting. Bronson Canyon has been featured in classics like The Searchers and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as well as more recent films like Star Trek VI and Army of Darkness. “Bronson Cave” is actually a 50-foot long tunnel, the remnants of a quarry that was founded in 1903 and originally called Brush Canyon. The tunnel entrance is best known as the mouth of the Batcave from the 1960s Batman TV series. 

Runyon Canyon

This hike is by no means a wilderness experience, so if you’re looking for solitude, you might want to try other trails. On the other hand, this is a great hike for people-watching and possible celebrity sightings – it gives beginning hikers a chance to check out the Hollywood Hills and the amazing views at the trail summit, known as Cloud’s Rest.

Whether you’re wearing the latest hiking gear or just sneakers and sun hats, this is a fun hike highlighted by million-dollar mansions and priceless views of the Hollywood Sign, the Sunset Strip and the L.A. Basin.

Will Rogers State Park

After about a mile, you’ll see the turnoff for Inspiration Point. It’s a quick detour and worth the effort to head up this side route for some spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the L.A. Basin and the Santa Monica Mountains. Follow Backbone Trail to the junction with Rustic Canyon. Follow that trail back to Will Rogers Park. After the hike, stroll around the park and enjoy a picnic on the massive lawn in front of the house.

There’s much more of Santa Monica waiting to be explored. From the Museum of Flying to a 1920s-era speakeasy, discover the hidden gems of Santa Monica with our guide.

For a full breakdown off all the hiking trails based on their difficulty level check out our friends at Discover Los Angeles.

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