As we continue to social distance and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, we are looking for more ways to spend time outdoors with the family to get fresh air and exercise. One such way we can do this is by finding the best hiking in the Los Angeles area. Below, you will find a few of our recommendations so you can plan your next outdoor day trip. Here is the best hiking in the Los Angeles Area.
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Our broker Letty lives near this centrally located park and hikes here regularly. Kenneth Hahn park offers birdwatching and has surprisingly secluded and shaded trails. On clear days you can see all the way to downtown and the Hollywood Hills. We love hiking the community trail, this easy to moderate hike should take you about 1,5 hrs. More about this trail and many many others over at modernhiker.com
Griffith Park Trails
Here you can find the Bronson Canyon Trail. The distance roundtrip is less than a mile, so it acts as a quick outing. This trail is located in the southwest section of Griffith Park and is a popular setting for locals and tourists who are looking for a quick hike through a more remote setting. Bronson Canyon has actually been featured in some classic movies, including The Searchers and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
If you want a hike that allows for more people watching and even some possible celebrity sightings, then you may want to consider Runyon Canyon Loop. It is approximately three miles roundtrip and allows you to see some amazing views at Cloud’s Rest. It is a good trail for beginners and offers priceless views.
If you don’t have all day but want a short hike with a scenic overlook, then Baldwin Hills is calling your name. You can jog up a zigzagging trail or get your steps in at the steep staircase that leads up to the 500-foot peak of Baldwin Hills. You will find different wildflowers and some native birds to view along the way, as well. You can also check out the vista of the entire Los Angeles Basin.
Another amazing Los Angeles trail to consider is the Hollyridge Trail to Hollywood Sign Viewpoint. It is a 5.1-mile back trail that offers scenic views. It is heavily trafficked and used for hiking, jogging, walking, running, nature trips, and more. It is accessible year-round.
Glendale Peak Trail
This is another heavily trafficked trail near Los Angeles that features wildflowers along its 3.6-mile route. It is rated as a moderate trail, so it might not be the best fit for beginners. It offers beautiful city views and offers a good vantage point to see the Hollywood sign.
These are just a small sampling of some of the best hiking trails you can find in Los Angeles.