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.

Viewing 100 of 129 Hikes

Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Distance: 0.4 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 45 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Berlin Forest

Berlin Forest

Distance: 0.3 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 58 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Amir’s Garden

Amir’s Garden

Distance: 0.9 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 275 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Bronson Caves

Bronson Caves

Distance: 0.6 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 68 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Distance: 1.25 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 342 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

East Griffith Observatory Trail

East Griffith Observatory Trail

Distance: 1.4 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 383 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Mount Akawie

Mount Akawie

Distance: 1.4 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

King Gillette Ranch

King Gillette Ranch

Distance: 1.4 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 229 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Kratka Ridge

Kratka Ridge

Distance: 1.5 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 640 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Lewis Falls

Lewis Falls

Distance: 1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 250 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Upper Reservoir Loop

Upper Reservoir Loop

Distance: 1.4 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Millard Canyon Falls

Millard Canyon Falls

Distance: 1.2 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 268 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Point Dume

Point Dume

Distance: 1.5 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 198 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Firebreak Trail to Griffith Observatory

Firebreak Trail to Griffith Observatory

Distance: 1.3 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 511 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Corralitas Rail Path

Corralitas Rail Path

Distance: 1.6 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 20 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Elysian Park West Loop

Elysian Park West Loop

Distance: 2.4 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 194 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Hastain Loop

Hastain Loop

Distance: 2.7 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 617 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Western Canyon

Western Canyon

Distance: 2.1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 571 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Angel’s Point

Angel’s Point

Distance: 2.8 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Paramount Ranch

Paramount Ranch

Distance: 2.8 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 126 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Distance: 2.8 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 272 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Distance: 2 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 15 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Community Loop Trail

Community Loop Trail

Distance: 2.6 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 243 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Hermit Falls

Hermit Falls

Distance: 2.6 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 650 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Corral Canyon

Corral Canyon

Distance: 2.5 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 537 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Santa Ynez Falls

Santa Ynez Falls

Distance: 2.4 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 207 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill

Distance: 2.9 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 556 ft

Difficulty: Easy

West Griffith Observatory Trail

West Griffith Observatory Trail

Distance: 2 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 580 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Trebek Open Space

Trebek Open Space

Distance: 2.9 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 421 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Fryman Canyon

Fryman Canyon

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 463 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Hollywood Reservoir

Hollywood Reservoir

Distance: 3.3 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 50 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Glendale Peak

Glendale Peak

Distance: 3.1 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 723 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Distance: 3.3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 230 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 675 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

San Gabriel Peak

San Gabriel Peak

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1185 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

The Grotto Trail

The Grotto Trail

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 600 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Eaton Canyon Falls

Eaton Canyon Falls

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 592 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Taco Peak

Taco Peak

Distance: 3.7 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 439 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Vetter Mountain Lookout Site

Vetter Mountain Lookout Site

Distance: 3.6 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 667 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Lake Hollywood Park and Innsdale Trails via Mulholland Highway

Lake Hollywood Park and Innsdale Trails via Mulholland Highway

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 492 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Cooper Canyon Falls

Cooper Canyon Falls

Distance: 3.1 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 638 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Three Mile Trail Hollywood Sign Loop

Three Mile Trail Hollywood Sign Loop

Distance: 3.5 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 507 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks

Distance: 3.4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 310 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Hollywood via Hogback Trail

Mount Hollywood via Hogback Trail

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 807 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Bee Rock and the Old L.A. Zoo

Bee Rock and the Old L.A. Zoo

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 574 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 872 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign Viewpoint

Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign Viewpoint

Distance: 4.1 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 847 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Powder Canyon

Powder Canyon

Distance: 4.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 919 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Calabasas Peak via Red Rock Canyon

Calabasas Peak via Red Rock Canyon

Distance: 4.6 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1066 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Hacienda Hills

Hacienda Hills

Distance: 4.7 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 655 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Lawlor

Mount Lawlor

Distance: 4.4 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1201 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls

Distance: 4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 416 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mentryville Park

Mentryville Park

Distance: 4.6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 922 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Skull Rock via Temescal Canyon

Skull Rock via Temescal Canyon

Distance: 4.6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1135 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Canyon Falls

Trail Canyon Falls

Distance: 4.3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 743 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Turnbull Canyon

Turnbull Canyon

Distance: 4.3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 910 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Winston Ridge and Winston Peak

Winston Ridge and Winston Peak

Distance: 4.4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 720 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Saddleback Butte

Saddleback Butte

Distance: 4.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1081 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Cerro Negro Lookout via Descanso Trail

Cerro Negro Lookout via Descanso Trail

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 518 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Hillyer

Mount Hillyer

Distance: 5.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 950 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Williamson

Mount Williamson

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1575 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Beaudry Loop

Beaudry Loop

Distance: 5.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1368 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Towsley Canyon

Towsley Canyon

Distance: 5.3 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1105 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Rocky Peak

Rocky Peak

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1119 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mandeville Canyon to San Vicente Mountain

Mandeville Canyon to San Vicente Mountain

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 968 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Zuma Ridge

Zuma Ridge

Distance: 5.3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Victory Trailhead Loop

Victory Trailhead Loop

Distance: 5.1 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 408 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Henninger Flats

Henninger Flats

Distance: 5.9 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1555 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Verdugo Peak via the Vital Link Trail

Verdugo Peak via the Vital Link Trail

Distance: 5.8 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1835 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Distance: 5.3 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1257 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Dawn Mine and the Sunset Ridge Trail

Dawn Mine and the Sunset Ridge Trail

Distance: 5.9 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1493 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Mugu Peak

Mugu Peak

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1255 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Sacred Cove

Sacred Cove

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1200 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Solstice Canyon

Solstice Canyon

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Iron Mountain (#2)

Iron Mountain (#2)

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1300 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

Distance: 6.1 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1656 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon

Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon

Distance: 6.8 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 689 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Waterman Mountain

Waterman Mountain

Distance: 6.4 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1225 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

The Hollywood Sign (Mount Lee)

The Hollywood Sign (Mount Lee)

Distance: 6.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1098 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Jones Peak via Bailey Canyon

Jones Peak via Bailey Canyon

Distance: 6.4 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2240 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Mount Lowe from Red Box

Mount Lowe from Red Box

Distance: 6.1 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1206 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Mooney and Vetter Mountain

Mount Mooney and Vetter Mountain

Distance: 6.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 640 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Markham

Mount Markham

Distance: 6.3 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1023 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Nicholas Flat

Nicholas Flat

Distance: 6.9 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1664 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain

Distance: 6.6 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1843 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Devil’s Canyon

Devil’s Canyon

Distance: 6.1 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1486 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Throop Peak and Mount Hawkins

Throop Peak and Mount Hawkins

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1219 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Firebreak Trail / Los Pinetos Loop

Firebreak Trail / Los Pinetos Loop

Distance: 6.9 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1644 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

The Northside Loop

The Northside Loop

Distance: 6.8 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2493 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak

Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak

Distance: 7.4 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 926 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak

Distance: 7.9 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1401 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

West Fork Camp via Shortcut Canyon

West Fork Camp via Shortcut Canyon

Distance: 7.2 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1550 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Liebre Mountain

Liebre Mountain

Distance: 7.3 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1930 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

La Jolla Canyon

La Jolla Canyon

Distance: 7.5 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Mount Gleason

Mount Gleason

Distance: 7.3 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

The Devil’s Chair

The Devil’s Chair

Distance: 7.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 594 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Islip

Mount Islip

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1627 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Parker Mesa via Los Liones Trail

Parker Mesa via Los Liones Trail

Distance: 7.3 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1292 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Bulldog Road and Castro Crest

Bulldog Road and Castro Crest

Distance: 7.6 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1250 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

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Randy Munoz

Randy Munoz Feb 1, 2017 03:02

this is such a great public service.. really, thanks for having this! I just wished there was an app for it.

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