Los Angeles County

Are you looking for the best hikes in Los Angeles? Well, look no further.

Although it has a reputation as the place that paved over paradise, Los Angeles is home to a surprising number and variety of outdoor experiences. Perhaps more than any other city in the United States, Los Angeles is shaped by its terrain and wilderness. Mountain ranges hem in the sprawl and bisect neighborhoods, wildlife like coyotes, deer, mountain lions, and tarantulas regularly show up in fancy neighborhoods, and rugged wilderness is within day-hiking distance from downtown. If you think you know L.A., it’s time to give it another look.

Modern Hiker is one of the oldest and most trusted names in Los Angeles hikes. Check out an historic movie ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. Enjoy a picnic bench in a city park with one of the best views of downtown L.A. Relive TV magic on a hiking trail next to a mountain reservoir. Take a walk on the beach or climb a mountain over 10,000 feet in the sky. Hike with celebrities (and maybe future celebrities) at Runyon Canyon. Follow in the footsteps of famous outlaws / freedom fighters. And hey, are you looking for ways to check out the Hollywood Sign? We’ve got you covered there, too.

Get out on these best hiking trails in Los Angeles to experience the city beyond the Walk of Fame and tourist traps — and enjoy all the beauty and nature the city has to offer amidst the sprawl. And yes, you can get around without a car, too!