If you’re visiting Los Angeles and have already seen Hollywood and the beaches, you should indulge in a favorite pastime of local Angelenos: hit the hiking trails.
The City of Angels boasts some beautiful nature within its borders, ranging from stunning ocean views to rolling hills, and hiking is a great way to explore these parts of the city, get some of the best views of the area, and get a workout as well. So choose the trail that’s best for you and start walking!
Spot Stars at Runyon Canyon
The hike up Runyon Canyon is probably the best known hike in Los Angeles, as the entrance is right in the Hollywood area (where you can also find plenty of cheap Los Angeles hotels) and many locals go up the canyon as a morning ritual. So if you want a moderate, easy hike which will reward you with a stunning view of the city and downtown at the top, Runyon Canyon is the way to go. As an added bonus, it’s pretty common to spot some celebrities on this trail, so you might even see a star on your way up!
Enjoy Ocean Views at Temescal Canyon
If you are looking for a hiking trail with less traffic and more distance from the city center, look no further than Temescal Canyon. The entrance is located right off Sunset Boulevard as it winds towards the coast, so you are nowhere near the crowds of Hollywood and the Mid-City area. The hike up Temescal Canyon takes about an hour, through some beautiful flower-filled hills with a wonderful view of Pacific Palisades and the Santa Monica coastline at the top.
Explore the MASH Set in Malibu Creek State Park
Drive a little further into the outskirts of LA to explore Malibu Creek State Park, and you will see the remains of the famous MASH set. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the successful TV show, or just want to see a former set in a stunning natural location, this is a great hike for both nature lovers and film buffs. The set was restored in 2007 by State Park officials, and now includes items like the original mess hall tent and TV series signpost.
Hike Up to Inspiration Point and Tour Will Rogers’ House
The hiking trails in Will Rogers State Park, Inspiration Point Trail and Rustic Canyon Loop, sit on the site of actor Will Rogers’ former ranch. Rogers was the top-paid movie star of his time in the mid-1930s, and was also a respected political commentator and newspaper columnist. You can now take a tour of his ranch house which still stands on the property, or simply hike up to Inspiration Point to admire some panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica mountains. If you want to recharge after the 6-mile hike, have a picnic in front of Rogers’ house.
Los Angeles has hiking trails of all difficulty levels and sizes, each with something unique to offer active travelers. Try to walk a few and get a deeper glimpse into what the City of Angels has to offer!
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