Local Hiking Spots, Part 2 Los Angeles

Welcome to part 2 of our local hiking spots series. Today we are focusing on hikes in Los Angeles! Although the city is not known for its hiking, it really should be. The combination of its geology, nearby wilderness areas, and nearly perfect year-round weather makes it great for getting outside.

 

  1. Los Liones Canyon Trailhead (Pacific Palisades, CA)

 

This trail is filled with lush greens, beautiful wildflowers, and has a killer view of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Los Liones 1.5 mile trail is a perfect pre-brunch hike, but visitors looking to get in a good workout can do the 7 mile loop to the Parker Mesa Overlook.

 

Address: 566 Los Liones Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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  1. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (Culver City, CA)

The length of this trail is over 1.25 miles but it is very steep. With more than 260 stone slabs for steps, this hike is definitely a workout. The view from the very top looks north over the Los Angeles Basin and extends from Santa Monica Bay to the west, across the Hollywood Hills toward downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains to the east.

 

Address: 6300 Hetzler Road, Culver City, CA 90232

Parking: Look for parking on Jefferson Blvd. or drive to the top and pay $6

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  1. Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak (Hollywood Hills, CA)

This challenging 3 mile hike features tremendous views of Griffith Park and leads to a unique lone tree called the Wisdom Tree, rumored to be the sole survivor from the 2007 wildfire. It even has its own Instagram account @the_wisdom_tree_la !  If you are looking to extend your hike from here, the trail does continue on to the Hollywood sign at the peak.

 

Address: Tree of Life Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Parking: Park along Lake Hollywood Drive and head east on Wonder View Drive. The pavement ends at a gate and you’ll walk a short distance on a dirt road. Continue on this dirt path until a single-track trail splits off to the right and that’s your destination!

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  1. The Grotto (Malibu, CA)

The Grotto is a great spot for people of all ages to explore. This moderate, 3-mile trail is filled with towering boulders and shady nooks. The hike ends at the Grotto, a narrow canyon with small talus caves covering a creek in the mountains.

 

Address: 12896 Yerba Buena Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Parking: Park at the Circle X Ranch Ranger Station on Yerba Buena Rd and follow the signs to the trailhead.

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  1. Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail (Altadena, CA)

Back in the 1890’s, the resort built on Echo Mountain was one of the largest tourist attractions in California. The moderate 4.9 trail ends at the foundation of the resort complex, also known as White City. The remaining machinery and masonry structures are accompanied by park-provided plaques that add history to the setting.

 

Address: E Loma Alta Dr at Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

Parking: Park on East Loma Alta and walk to the entrance to the Cobb Estate.

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All photos from yelp.com