Hiking near Los Angeles, California

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Sturtevant Falls
Sturtevant Falls
Pasadena, California, United States (16.1 miles away)
 
Easy: 3.7 miles, 1-3 hours
A leisurely hike through an enchanted portion of the San Gabriel Mountains leading to a fifty foot waterfall.

The trail from Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Falls has been a popular hike for those wanting to escape the urban sprawl of Los Angeles since the early 1900's. This is an easy hike and perfect for anyone new to hiking but be aware that the last 0.6 mile return to the parking lot is all uphill. From the Santa Anita exit of the 210 Freeway it's a 5 mile...
Griffith Park - Hollywood Sign Hike
Griffith Park - Hollywood Sign Hike
Los Angeles, California, United States (6.7 miles away)
 
Easy: 4.3 miles, 1-3 hours

A great easy to moderate hike if you are visiting or new in town with great views of the Hollywood sign. The total hike is a little over 4 miles and will take about 1-2 hours depending on your hiking speed, resting or taking in the beautiful views. At the top is a great 360 degree view behind the famous sign.
Stargazing in Griffith Park and the Observatory
Stargazing in Griffith Park and the Observatory
Los Feliz, California, United States (5.6 miles away)
 
Easy: 20 miles, Full day
Plus the L.A. zoo, hiking and rides on historic trains, a carousel and ponies

As the largest municipal park with urban wilderness areas in the country, Griffith Park is easily a destination in itself. Much more than a city park, this urban parkland has numerous trails and historic attractions sprawled over 4,210 acres. Elevations range from 384 to 1,625 feet above sea level, and landscape changes from coastal sage brush to oak...
Eaton Canyon
Eaton Canyon
Altadena, California, United States (12.1 miles away)
 
Easy: 3.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A short trip into Eaton Canyon for an accessible waterfall. Great wildflowers in the spring, too!

This is a relatively easy less-than-four mile hike to a 40-foot waterfall. Its proximity to civilization and short distance make this a very popular trail for casual hikers, and it can get very crowded on the weekends and on hot summer days - but it's worth a visit even if you have to fight through crowds - especially when spring wildflowers carpet...
Whiting Woods Mtrwy
Whiting Woods Mtrwy
Glendale/Whiting Woods, California, United States (11.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.2 miles, 1-3 hours
2.604 mile dirt road near Verdugo City / Montrose, California

Whiting Woods Motorway is 5.208 miles long round trip. It is fairly steep consequently there are fewer mountain bikes common at other hikes in the Verdugos. Starting at the end of Whiting Woods Road, passing through the locked gate you quickly start climbing, 2.604 miles to go. The road starts out steep, get used to it, this is going to be...
Orchard Camp via Mt Wilson Trail
Orchard Camp via Mt Wilson Trail
Sierra Madre, California, United States (13.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.9 miles, Half day
The first half of the trail to Mount Wilson, an old camp used by Mr Wilson himself.

The trail was originally built by Benjamin Davis Wilson, who was the grandfather of General George S. Patton around 1852. The trail followed an old Indian trail and as legend has it, was used by the Spaniards to hunt for Grizzly Bears. Ben Wilson wanted to find better wood on the mountain, but was unable to locate any so the trail reverted to...
Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop with Upper Trail
Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop with Upper Trail
Pasadena, California, United States (16.1 miles away)
 
Moderate: 10.0 miles, Half day
A beautiful multi-landscape trail with many waterfalls and trees. Offers a challenging and well-maintained trail.

Big Santa Anita Canyon offers something for everybody. If you are traveling with young children, the short hike from Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls is rewarding and great for an easy morning or afternoon hike. However, if you're interested in something more substantial, you can follow the Big Santa Anita Loop trail. The scenery along the trails...
Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats
Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats
Pasadena, California, United States (16.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 12.6 miles, Full day
A strenuous day hike through a beautiful section of the San Gabriel mountains with a 50 ft. waterfall.

Standing prominently above Pasadena, Mount Wilson is a Southern California landmark. The 5,710 foot summit is home for an observatory responsible for the most detailed photos of Mars as well a vast array of antennae for local LA radio and television stations. While the summit is steeped in astronomical wonder and tremendous views of Los Angeles, the...
Chantry Flats Loop (Mt Zion, Sturtevant Camp, Falls)
Chantry Flats Loop (Mt Zion, Sturtevant Camp, Falls)
Sierra Madre, California, United States (16.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 8.8 miles, Half day
8.8 mile trail in Sierra Madre, California

www.hikewithvickster.webs.com - Overview: Started the day at about 7am and began the trail opposite of the crowds toward the Spruce Grove and Sturtevant Campground. By 8am, the sun was in full force and the heat was already bearing down, less than 2 miles into the hike. I had checked, at the end of the hike around 1pm and nearby Pasadena was 103 degrees....
Inspiration Loop Trail
Inspiration Loop Trail
Riviera, California, United States (15.4 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.3 miles, 1-3 hours
Will Rogers SHP

The Inspiration Loop Trail provides a great opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and quickly escape into the Santa Monica Mountains. Thanks to the generous gift of Betty Rogers we can learn about the importance of Will Rogers and share his love of nature and mankind. In addition to touring the historic Ranch House and learning...
Mt Lukens by Haines Canyon Road
Mt Lukens by Haines Canyon Road
Tujunga, California, United States (14.5 miles away)
Moderate: 10.9 miles, Half day
Hike to the highest point in the City of Los Angeles from Haines Cyn Ave in Tujunga

This trip starts at the end of Haines Cyn Ave in Tujunga, parking can be a challenge but as a fall back position you can park at the city property near the intersection with Apperson St. Proceed through the locked gate POI 1 and past the Debris Basin, which is the site of the now long gone City of Tujunga water department to POI 2 another locked...
Monrovia Canyon Park
Monrovia Canyon Park
Monrovia, California, United States (16.7 miles away)
 
Easy: 5.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Surprises at every turn

We took a forked trip to hike the two canyons. One was short, almost too short but in retrospect a way to start experiencing the alive canyons with the spider webs hanging from branches to rocks and filtering the sunlight. Or the pleasant surprised of seeing a small rattle snake on the concrete walkway out of the forest. The early morning hike gave...
Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa
Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa
Pacific Palisades, California, United States (18.1 miles away)
 
A moderately difficult hike in Topanga Canyon State Park. Lush greens and beautiful views make this trail a hit!

A 7+ mile hike from the Pacific Palisades to a popular overlook in Topanga State Park. The first part of this hike – the Los Liones Trail – is one of the most lush riparian canyons I’ve ever seen in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s gently graded, moderately shady, and definitely worth a look even if you have to fight crowds. Afterward, the...
Lake View Terrace / Doc Larsen Trail
Lake View Terrace / Doc Larsen Trail
Lake View Terrace, California, United States (16.5 miles away)
Moderate: 8.2 miles, Half day

The trailhead and first ¼ mile are in a quiet residential area and crosses private property PLEASE stay on the road and don't disturb the residents or the road will be closed to public use. This trip follows Burbank Power & Light Road from Oliver Canyon Debris Basin Rd to a saddle on the ridge 1.8 miles 770 ft gain. While this seems not too steep...
Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock
Castellammare, California, United States (18.9 miles away)
Moderate: 4.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A 7 mile hike with views of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and nearby mountains.

Eagle Rock is about 7.3 miles from Los Liones Rd off the PCH. The views during the hike include downtown LA, Sta Monica bay/beach, the mountains and Topanga Cyn Rd. The trail is mostly sunny, some parts are steeper than others, and some are shaded and cooler. One of the best views are sunsets.
El Dorado Park two mile nature trail
El Dorado Park two mile nature trail
Long Beach, California, United States (19.0 miles away)
Easy: 1.8 miles, 1 hour or less
El Dorado Park, Long Beach, California USA

These trails are hidden gems in the busy city of Long Beach. You would never know that you were not lost in hidden woods, rather then less then 1/2 mile from a busy freeway. The nature center itself is very good, featuring a little menagerie of local wildlife, and educational things for children. They sell items, and they occasionally have special...
Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak
Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak
Topanga Oaks, California, United States (19.9 miles away)
Moderate: 10.3 miles, Full day
Fire Road Trails at Topanga State Park

Topanga is both extremely accessible and rugged. It is a natural park lying within Los Angeles and is within easy day-use reach of over 12 million regional residents. This hike: Many of the park's trails can be accessed from Trippet Ranch. Two miles from Trippet is Eagle Junction with access to the Eagle Spring loop trail. Eagle Rock is one of...
Ocean Scenic Trails At Trump Golf Clubhouse
Ocean Scenic Trails At Trump Golf Clubhouse
Rancho Palos Verde, California, United States (23 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Over 5 miles worth of scenic ocean trails in Rancho Palos Verde, California

www.hikewithvickster.webs.com - Ocean Scenic Trails At Trump Country Club is about 4.4 miles long (rail in map) and located near San Pedro Hill/Rancho Palos Verde, California. This place has it all. A beautiful golfcourse owned by Donald Trump, a picnic area with an amazing panaromic view of the ocean, must-do cliff side trails, a dog beach and some...
Saddle Peak - Santa Monica Mountains
Saddle Peak - Santa Monica Mountains
Monte Nido, California, United States (24 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Great views all around! The LA basin, the San Fernando Valley, the ocean!

Saddle peak is the second highest in the Santa Monica mountains, after Sandstone peak. After a moderately difficult climb, you will reach the peak where you would enjoy great views of the LA basing and the surroundings. There are several ways to do this hike. The first time I went to Saddle Peak, I did a 10 mile hike where I started on the Topanga...
Fullerton Creek
Fullerton Creek
Fullerton, California, United States (23 miles away)
1.1 mile trail near Fullerton, California

Fullerton Creek is about 1.1 miles long and located near Fullerton, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1 hour or less
Malibu Creek
Malibu Creek
Malibu Creek State Park, California, United States (27 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.9 miles, Half day
Some of the highlights along Malibu Creek, in central Malibu Creek State Park.

Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling 10,000 acre park that protects 25-mile long Malibu Creek, the largest watershed in the Santa Monica Mountains. The creek itself is somewhat unusual in that it has cut a path through hard volcanic rock instead of the softer sedimentary rocks north of the Goat Buttes, which makes for some spectacular scenery during...
Solstice Canyon
Solstice Canyon
Malibu, California, United States (29 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.9 miles, 1-3 hours
A moderate hike to a ruined mansion in the Santa Monica Mountains, complete with waterfall!

This is an incredibly picturesque, mostly shaded canyon hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Solstice Canyon Trail is a popular, well-maintained route with some spur-trail opportunities for more adventurous travelers. Some of the highlights include the oldest still-standing stone building in Malibu, a small waterfall and creek, and several ruins...
East Canyon to Jones Junction
East Canyon to Jones Junction
Newhall, California, United States (27 miles away)
Moderate: 5.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Part of the "Saugus to the Sea Road"

This public land was acquired by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in the early 1980's after the oil fields below them where pumped "dry" There is a Parking lot at the trailhead, but... There is a fee I think it's $5 or so. Most park on The Old Road. This "trail" is a old road grade (ORG) to Weldon Cyn Rd and on to "Jones Junction". The...
Towsley Canyon Loop
Towsley Canyon Loop
Elayon, California, United States (28 miles away)
 
5.6 mile trail near Elayon, California

Towsley Canyon Loop is about 5.6 miles long and located near Elayon, California. The trail is great for hiking
Bulldog Road / Castro Crest
Bulldog Road / Castro Crest
Malibu Creek State Park, California, United States (30 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.6 miles, Half day
Rock scrambling and a great workout hike in the southwestern part of Malibu Creek State Park / Castro Crest.

Malibu Creek State Park sits in 10,000 acres of rugged terrain near the Malibu coast, protecting flowing creeks, man-made lakes, historic structures, and prominent cliffs. This route explores the southern and western areas of the park, far away from the creek that gives it its name. The landscape here is similar to other areas of the Santa Monica...
Cheeseboro (or Cheesebro) 1 hr. Wildlife Trek - Great for kids!
Cheeseboro (or Cheesebro) 1 hr. Wildlife Trek - Great for kids!
Agoura Hills, California, United States (29 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1 hour or less
...and its FREE! The 2 mile loop takes you along wildlife trails at Cheseboro Canyon, just north of the 101 Freeway.

Cheeseboro (or Cheseboro or Chesebro) Park is one of the many National Park Sites within the SMMNRA (Santa Monica Nationa Recreation area) and is very popular with visitors due to its relatively level terrain. And it's great for kids and families! This guide is a one hour (two mile) hike, relatively flat, and has a great deal of wildlife all of...
Johnson's Pasture Trail
Johnson's Pasture Trail
Claremont, California, United States (30 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Alternate access to Claremont Wilderness loop.

This is a simple out and back trail that takes you to one of those intersections. If you look at the overview map you will see ow this tail can be combined with others to suit your needs for mileage, endurance, adventure, or time limits. This is a beautiful area full of trails for everybody and every level of fitness. Please keep our trails clean....
Modelo Trail Nag Loop
Modelo Trail Nag Loop
Agoura Hills, California, United States (29 miles away)
Easy: 3.9 miles, 1 hour or less
A quick fix cardio workout!

The beauty of the 'Nag Loop' is that the trail itself is well defined and signposted so it's either a great intro for people starting to think about hiking as a pastime or for more experienced hikers needing to work on cardio but have limited time (although the trail isn't at all demanding, power walking this loop is a great workout for any level hiker). Who...
Little Jimmy Springs
Azusa, California, United States (30 miles away)
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
7 to 8 miles trail near Azusa, California

Little Jimmy Springs is about 7 miles long and located near Azusa, California. The trail is part of several trails available in the Crystal Lake Recreation Area and great for hiking and normally takes a half day or less. The trail is pretty much easy to follow and well maintained as you can see signs throughout the trail and the park rangers also put...
Huntington State Beach
Huntington State Beach
Huntington State Beach, California, United States (33 miles away)
 
Easy: 4.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Hike beside the famous broad beaches of Huntington on this easy, flat, paved multi-use trail.

Huntington Beach is famous for its wide, sandy beaches and surfing. It's also a great place for an easy, flat walk along the coastline. The key route is the wide, paved multi-use trail that parallels the coastline. Walking this trail from end to end (with a short side jaunt to the waters edge) adds up to just over four miles. Being paved and entirely...
East Fork of the San Gabriel River
Moderate: 10.2 miles, Half day
A 10 mile hike along the San Gabriel River to the Bridge to Nowhere - a large concrete bridge in a rocky canyon.

The trail along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River to the Bridge to Nowhere is not only one of the best trails in Southern California, but it's also one of the most unique hiking experiences you'll ever have. After you leave the crowded (and overused) trailhead area, you will increasingly find yourself awed by the rugged canyons deep in the Sheep...
Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon
Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon
Lytle Creek, California, United States (37 miles away)
 
Difficult: 11.6 miles, Full day
A challenging 11.6 mile out-and-back hike with 4,300 feet of elevation gain to the 8,859′ summit.

Cucamonga Peak offers amazing views over Southern California’s Inland Empire, east toward Apple Valley and beyond. This hike from Icehouse Canyon is a strenuous 11.6 mile out-and-back route with 4,300 feet of vertical gain and a top elevation of 8,859′. The north-facing slope holds snow much later in the season than other peaks. From atop Cucamonga...
Ice House Canyon
Ice House Canyon
Dells, California, United States (37 miles away)
 
7.9 mile trail near Dells, California

Ice House Canyon is about 7.9 miles long and located near Dells, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. The Ice House Canyon is a popular day hike with a trail head just north of Mount Baldy Village.  The trail is not to strenuous, but if you are hiking in the winter, snow and Ice is a factor.  The saddle is the...
Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak
Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak
Lytle Creek, California, United States (37 miles away)
 
Difficult: 13.6 miles, Full day
An intense dayhike or moderate backpack in the Cucamonga Wilderness.

A nearly-14 mile in-and-out that hits two of the tallest, most prominent peaks in the Angeles National Forest. Beginning with the historic, alpine brook that runs through Icehouse Canyon, this trail climbs through picturesque pine and cedar to Icehouse Saddle before visiting the site of an old trail resort and ascending a long ridge between the two...
Mt. San Antonio (Baldy) Loop
Mt. San Antonio (Baldy) Loop
Lytle Creek, California, United States (38 miles away)
 
Difficult: 10.4 miles, Full day
A strenuous 11 mile loop hike with nearly 4,000 feet of vertical elevation gain to the 10,068' summit of Baldy.

Any Southern Californian can point out the white topped Mt. Baldy — actually it’s real name is Mt. San Antonio. Baldy is a SoCal icon that stands out boldly as a snow-covered backdrop for much of the year. At 10,068 feet above sea level, the snow often sticks around well into June. This loop begins at the Manker Flats trailhead (National Parks...
Three Tee's Trail via Icehouse Canyon
Three Tee's Trail via Icehouse Canyon
Dells (historical), California, United States (37 miles away)
 
Difficult: 14.1 miles, Full day
A long, scenic loop from Icehouse Canyon to the Three Tee's Trail covering Timber Mtn, Telegraph Peak, and Thunder Mtn.

Icehouse Canyon, nestled among cedar and pine, is a popular spot for casual hikers to enjoy alpine scenery and a year round stream. It is also served to more experienced hikers as a gateway to peaks in the Cucamonga Wilderness including the Three Tee’s Trail which summits Timber, Telegraph, and Thunder Mountains. From Icehouse trailhead, it is...
11 miles Adv Moderate at Limestone Canyon
11 miles Adv Moderate at Limestone Canyon
Irvine County, California, United States (37 miles away)
Difficult: 10.9 miles, Full day
10.9 mile trail near Irvine County, California

Limestone Canyon is about 10.9 miles long and located near Irvine County, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. Limestone Canyon is not open to the public, except for special days.  This was one of them.We accessed it off of E Santiago Canyon Rd, just past Trabuco Canyon (coming from coast).  The Augustine Staging...
Limestone Canyon
Limestone Canyon
Irvine County, California, United States (37 miles away)
11-12 mile trail near Irvine County, California

Limestone Canyon is about 10.9 miles long and located near Irvine County, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. Limestone Canyon is not open to the public, except for designated days.  This was one of them.We accessed it off of E Santiago Canyon Rd, just past Trabuco Canyon (coming from coast).  The Augustine...
Mount Baldy via Mankers Flat loop
Mount Baldy via Mankers Flat loop
Dells (historical), California, United States (38 miles away)
 
10.2 mile trail near Dells (historical), California, You can do the loop or as an out and back.

Mount San Antonio,known as Mt Baldy, at 10,068 ft, is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County. 4170 feet of elevation gain. The Trail head is located a few miles from the village of Mount Baldy. An Adventure Pass is required for parking and is available from the Ranger Station at Mount Baldy Village....
Sandstone Peak
Sandstone Peak
Westlake Village, California, United States (39 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.1 miles, Half day
Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak and Tri-Peaks

A 7.1 mile loop through some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful terrain in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. This route takes you through scrubland and native oak groves to Tri-Peaks, Inspiration Point, and Sandstone Peak - three prominent peaks in the Santa Monica Mountains with unbelievable views of the range, the Channel Islands,...