If you are looking to escape the city and get some exercise there are many trails in and around the area that are great. From stunning views to complete solitude as well as easy trails to intense hikes, there’s something for everyone.
Runyon Canyon Loop
This 3 mile hike gives you incredible views of the hollywood sign, L.A. Basin, and the Sunset Strip, and is great for beginner hikers. However, don’t expect to have a peaceful hike, as this trail is often full of people. It does offer amazing views and good exercise and an occasional celebrity sighting.
Charlie Turner Trail To Mount Hollywood
This is another great hike for beginners or people looking to take a less intense hike. When you reach the peak of the hike, you will be at a clearing with picnic tables that allows you great views of the LA area. You’ll be able to see Downtown LA skyline, the observatory, and a close-up of the hollywood sign. You can park at the Griffith Observatory and the trail is open from 5am - 1030pm.
This hike in San Pedro is definitely one that is noteworthy and should be checked out if you like abandoned towns and cool views. You will find a town that is basically a lost city due to a landslide a while back. Climbing around the ruins and checking out the awesome graffiti is a must.
This takes you to the highest waterfall in the Santa Monica Mountains and is usually a pretty crowded trails on the weekends. This is a slightly challenging 3.8 mile hike as you have to descend to a lower tier of the falls and then hike up to a higher tier, which is slippery and steep but offers you a better view of the falls.
Franklin Canyon Park
This park has over 5 miles of hiking trails and is the perfect nature getaway for people looking to get out of the city for the day. There’s an easy trail around the reservoir as well as more challenging trails to check out too that offer great views. Franklin Canyon Park has been home to many TV and Film sets. It is the lake used in the Andy Griffith Show, where they used to fish in the opening credits, as well as used in the horror classic, Creature From The Black Lagoon.
There are many places to hike in and around Los Angeles that allow for great views, city escapes, and relaxing nature hikes. These are definitely a few trails to check out.