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Sandstone Peak 033When you think about Los Angeles, what comes to mind first?


The Walk of Fame?

Taco trucks and In-N-Out?

Uncontrollable sprawl and thick, gross smog in the air?

Los Angeles is not a city known for its hiking — but it should be.

With a variety of distinct climate zones, fascinating geology, nearby wilderness areas and nearly-perfect weather year-round, L.A. really does have something for everyone who’s looking to get outside. And in some case, you might not even have to leave your neighborhood!

Los Liones TrailHere is a list of some of the distinct hiking areas of the Greater Los Angeles area, with my picks for the trails that will give you the best feel for the region. As the site expands, so will these lists. Be sure to investigate Best Hike drop-down menu for lists like the 5 Best L.A. Hikes for Beginners, and check out the Trail Map for a lot more hikes in the L.A. area — currently 180+ and counting …

Rounded, rolling hills and low mountains nestled near the Pacific Coast and stretching into Hollywood. Trails here generally have lower elevation gains than the San Gabriels, and are less shaded.Temescal Canyon to Skull Rock 27 (1 of 1) Here, you’ll find large swaths of native California Grassland and incredible wildflower blooms in the spring.

Best Hikes:


The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak and Tri Peaks might just be my favorite hike in all of Southern California. This trail will take you to the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains, past jagged peaks, riparian canyons, and popular rock climbing routes.Malibu Creek With killer views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Bay, this is an absolute must-hike.


The Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa is a lush, moderate trail that climbs from the Pacific Palisades into Topanga State Park to the top of Parker Mesa and one of the most incredible coastal views in Los Angeles.


Temescal Canyon‘s loop trail offers a steep, shaded canyon or a more gradual sunny ascent. It also features a seasonal waterfall, strange rock formations, and stunning coastal views – all right at the Westside’s doorstep.

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