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 99 of 99 Hikes

Berlin Forest

Berlin Forest

Distance: 0.3 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 58 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Distance: 0.4 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 45 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Amir’s Garden

Amir’s Garden

Distance: 0.9 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 275 ft

Difficulty: Easy

East Griffith Observatory Trail

East Griffith Observatory Trail

Distance: 1.4 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 383 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

Corralitas Rail Path

Corralitas Rail Path

Distance: 1.6 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 20 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Firebreak Trail to Griffith Observatory

Firebreak Trail to Griffith Observatory

Distance: 1.3 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 511 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount Akawie

Mount Akawie

Distance: 1.4 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Kratka Ridge

Kratka Ridge

Distance: 1.5 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 640 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Hermit Falls

Hermit Falls

Distance: 2.6 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 650 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Distance: 2.8 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 272 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Community Loop Trail

Community Loop Trail

Distance: 2.6 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 243 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Corral Canyon

Corral Canyon

Distance: 2.5 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 537 ft

Difficulty: Easy

West Griffith Observatory Trail

West Griffith Observatory Trail

Distance: 2 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 580 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Elysian Park West Loop

Elysian Park West Loop

Distance: 2.4 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 194 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill

Distance: 2.9 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 556 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Angel’s Point

Angel’s Point

Distance: 2.8 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Trebek Open Space

Trebek Open Space

Distance: 2.9 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 421 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Santa Ynez Falls

Santa Ynez Falls

Distance: 2.4 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 207 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Western Canyon

Western Canyon

Distance: 2.1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 571 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 675 ft

Difficulty: Easy

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

Glendale Peak

Glendale Peak

Distance: 3.1 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 723 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Fryman Canyon

Fryman Canyon

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 463 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Distance: 3.3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 230 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Hollywood Reservoir

Hollywood Reservoir

Distance: 3.3 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 50 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks

Distance: 3.4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 310 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Hollywood

Mount Hollywood

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

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

Turnbull Canyon

Turnbull Canyon

Distance: 4.3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 910 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Skull Rock via Temescal Canyon

Skull Rock via Temescal Canyon

Distance: 4.6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1135 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

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

Trail Canyon Falls

Trail Canyon Falls

Distance: 4.3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 743 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Beaudry Loop

Beaudry Loop

Distance: 5.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1368 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Williamson

Mount Williamson

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1575 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Victory Trailhead Loop

Victory Trailhead Loop

Distance: 5.1 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 408 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Rocky Peak

Rocky Peak

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1119 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Towsley Canyon

Towsley Canyon

Distance: 5.3 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1105 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Hillyer

Mount Hillyer

Distance: 5.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 950 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

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

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

Mugu Peak

Mugu Peak

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1255 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

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

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

Sacred Cove

Sacred Cove

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1200 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Waterman Mountain

Waterman Mountain

Distance: 6.4 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1225 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

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

Firebreak Trail / Los Pinetos Loop

Firebreak Trail / Los Pinetos Loop

Distance: 6.9 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1644 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

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

Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain

Distance: 6.6 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1843 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon

Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon

Distance: 6.8 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 689 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

The Northside Loop

The Northside Loop

Distance: 6.8 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2493 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

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

La Jolla Canyon

La Jolla Canyon

Distance: 7.5 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Mount Islip

Mount Islip

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1627 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

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

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

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

Josephine Peak

Josephine Peak

Distance: 8 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1898 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Lower Malibu Creek Loop

Lower Malibu Creek Loop

Distance: 8 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 224 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Timber Mountain via Icehouse Canyon

Timber Mountain via Icehouse Canyon

Distance: 8.9 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3325 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Santa Anita Canyon and Sturtevant Falls

Santa Anita Canyon and Sturtevant Falls

Distance: 8.7 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1660 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Lukens via Haines Canyon

Mount Lukens via Haines Canyon

Distance: 8.5 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2945 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount Baden-Powell via Vincent Gap

Mount Baden-Powell via Vincent Gap

Distance: 8 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2818 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Distance: 9.7 mi

Time: 5.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3378 ft

Difficulty: Expert

Mount Lukens via Stone Canyon

Mount Lukens via Stone Canyon

Distance: 9 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3266 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

Distance: 10.4 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2740 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Wilson via Kenyon-Devore Trail

Mount Wilson via Kenyon-Devore Trail

Distance: 10.5 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2824 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

The Bridge to Nowhere

The Bridge to Nowhere

Distance: 10.1 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 809 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) and Mount Harwood

Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) and Mount Harwood

Distance: 10.3 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3950 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Strawberry Peak

Strawberry Peak

Distance: 10.8 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2731 ft

Difficulty: Expert

Old Boney Trail

Old Boney Trail

Distance: 11.4 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

East Canyon and Rice Canyon Trails to Mission Peak

East Canyon and Rice Canyon Trails to Mission Peak

Distance: 11 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2032 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

South Mount Hawkins

South Mount Hawkins

Distance: 11.6 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3169 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Will Thrall Peak via Buckhorn

Will Thrall Peak via Buckhorn

Distance: 11.2 mi

Time: 6.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1318 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Pacifico Mountain

Pacifico Mountain

Distance: 12.6 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2180 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

Distance: 12 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3800 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount Wilson via Chantry Flat

Mount Wilson via Chantry Flat

Distance: 12.8 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3545 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Fox Mountain

Fox Mountain

Distance: 12.1 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2998 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Thunder Mountain and Telegraph Peak

Thunder Mountain and Telegraph Peak

Distance: 13.5 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3525 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak

Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak

Distance: 13.9 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3698 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Burkhart Saddle

Burkhart Saddle

Distance: 14.2 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2344 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Condor Peak

Condor Peak

Distance: 16 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4000 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mt. Baden-Powell via Islip Saddle

Mt. Baden-Powell via Islip Saddle

Distance: 16 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3200 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Trans-Catalina Trail (TCT)

Trans-Catalina Trail (TCT)

Distance: 37.8 mi

Time: 20 hrs

Elevation Gain: 8590 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

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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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