One of the best things about living in LA is the sheer number and variety of hiking trails that surround us. There is truly something for everyone – easy trails, difficult trails, dog friendly trails, trails with waterfalls and architectural ruins – the list goes on and on. Just remember to wear a mask and appropriate footwear, carry plenty of water, use sunscreen and stay on the trails. Read on for a few of our favorites and have fun!
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Kenneth Hahn State Park
A true urban oasis spanning 338 acres, Kenneth Hahn State Park is a team go-to for an afternoon hike. One of our favorite hikes is the 2-mile Community Trail, which offers views of almost every corner of the L.A. Basin—from the South Bay and the Pacific Ocean to Downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains. If you have any energy left, you can stroll through Japanese Gardens, play volleyball on a sand court or use the 10 station workout course.
4100 South La Cienega Blvd, Baldwin Vista
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This picturesque, mostly shaded canyon hike in Malibu winds its way through the ruins of two properties on the way to a 30-foot waterfall. Hikers can explore the Keller House, a hunting cabin made of stone and built by the original owners of the canyon and the Roberts Ranch House built by famed LA architect Paul R. Williams. The 3 mile trail is dog friendly and is considered moderate. Plan your route here.
3455 Solstice Canyon Rd, Malibu
Franklin Canyon Park
Located between San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills, Franklin Canyon Park spans 605 acres and features over five miles of hiking trails. The Hastain Trail is a moderate, dog-friendly loop trail that is just over 2 miles and offers views of the ocean. Fun fact – Franklin Lake as the “fishing hole” in the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show, as well as the lagoon in the Universal Studios horror classic Creature from the Black Lagoon. For trail details, click here.
1924 Lake Dr #1900, Beverly Hills
The Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon Park
If you’re looking for unspoilt views of the ocean, you can’t go wrong with the The Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon Park in Malibu. It’s the last undeveloped canyon that flows freely to the ocean and the gentle 2.5-mile-long trail climbs through pristine wilderness to the Puerco Canyon watershed divide and provides spectacular ocean and mountain views. The path features native vegetation such as coastal sage scrub, coastal bluff native grassland and due to the pandemic it has become fairly overgrown so we recommend covering your legs during your hike.
25623 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
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Westridge Trail to San Vicente Mountain
For more experienced hikers or those looking for a challenge, the Westridge Trail at San Vicente Mountain is worth a visit. The 8-mile (round trip) trail explores ups and downs of the ridge and ends at historic Nike Station, a leftover relic from the Cold War. In the 1950s, San Vicente Mountain served as a mountaintop military installation to defend Los Angeles from Soviet missile attacks and today it provides panoramic views of both the city and Valley sides of the mountain ridge. For more information, click here.
Westridge Road & West Mandeville Fire Road, Brentwood