Heading to Los Angeles soon? Or, looking for a new activity this weekend?
One of the premiere activities in this quirky city is to venture on a scenic hike. The city is surrounded by hills which means the hiking trails are quite vast. Here is a list of our top 5 hikes with killer views of the ocean and the city!
Griffith Park is one of the most popular hikes in the city. As if it wasn't famous enough, La La Land cemented the Griffith Observatory as the top icon of Los Angeles. There are endless trails here. Start at the observatory and hike up to the peak for one of the absolute best views of the city!
Location Details: 2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
2. CAHUENGA PEAK/WISDOM TREE
The ridge of Cahuenga Peak, known as Burbank Peak, is home of the Wisdom Tree. To get to the tree take Burbank Peak Trail. If you decide to turn around here the hike would be 1.6 miles, but why not go higher? Follow Aileen Getty Ridge until you get a clear view of the backside of the Hollywood sign as well as the beautiful city of Los Angeles.
Location Details: Wonder View Drive & Lake Hollywood Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
3. RUNYON CANYON
This park is one of the most popular in LA when it comes to hiking. It offers 4 loops for your choice of distance: 0.85 miles, 1.9 miles, 2.65 miles, & 3.3 miles. When you enter through the gates, just follow the crowd. you can't go wrong on this hike. The views are sweeping and the hike is steep. The workout to the top is worth it. On a clear day (almost every day), you can see the ocean!
Location Details: 1854 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
4. BALDWIN HILLS SCENIC OVERLOOK
This trail is steep, so don't be afraid to take a breather, but once you reach the top you get to see Los Angeles from 500ft high! This hike is in the hills opposite to Hike 01-03 above. Meaning, the view is completely different. Typically, this hike is also a locals only situation which can be a nice way to get out and enjoy nature with a few less people.
Location Details: 6300 Hetzler Rd. in Culver City off of Jefferson Blvd
5. MALIBU ESCONDIDO FALLS TRAIL
This hike is roughly 4 miles roundtrip and is no joke. It has an amazing multi-tier waterfall as the reward. Due to weather, dry summers for example, water pressure may be low causing it to be less impressive. But, if you plan out your trip right, you may also get to see two smaller waterfalls along the way.
Parking for this hike is in the small lot on Winding Road off Pacific Coast Highway or simply on Highway 1 itself if the lot is full. You can't park close to the actual trail so the first mile is a paved road. Make sure not to miss the sign "Edward Albert Escondido Canyon Trail and Waterfalls". The trail can get steep at times, but don't worry, it's well worth it!
Location Details: Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, CA 90265, USA