Hiking near Santa Monica, California

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Inspiration Loop Trail
Inspiration Loop Trail
Riviera, California, United States (2.7 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...
Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa
Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa
Pacific Palisades, California, United States (4.4 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...
Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock
Castellammare, California, United States (5.5 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.
Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak
Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak
Topanga Oaks, California, United States (7.5 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...
Saddle Peak - Santa Monica Mountains
Saddle Peak - Santa Monica Mountains
Monte Nido, California, United States (10.7 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...
Stargazing in Griffith Park and the Observatory
Stargazing in Griffith Park and the Observatory
Los Feliz, California, United States (12.3 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...
Griffith Park - Hollywood Sign Hike
Griffith Park - Hollywood Sign Hike
Los Angeles, California, United States (12.6 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.
Malibu Creek
Malibu Creek
Malibu Creek State Park, California, United States (14.0 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 (14.7 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...
Bulldog Road / Castro Crest
Bulldog Road / Castro Crest
Malibu Creek State Park, California, United States (15.9 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 (16.7 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...
Modelo Trail Nag Loop
Modelo Trail Nag Loop
Agoura Hills, California, United States (16.7 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...
Whiting Woods Mtrwy
Whiting Woods Mtrwy
Glendale/Whiting Woods, California, United States (19.1 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...
Mt Lukens by Haines Canyon Road
Mt Lukens by Haines Canyon Road
Tujunga, California, United States (21 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...
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Hollywood Steps Circuit
by dogdocla on May 25, 2009
Hollywood, California, United States
Hiking | 1.8 miles (11.9 miles away)
There are six sets of granite steps in Beachwood Canyon, below the Hollywood Sign. These historic landmarks were built in the 1920's when Hollywoodland was created, and they link high streets and low streets in the hills. This trail links them all together for a good cardio workout that takes about an hour. Go in the morning or evening to avoid the heat!
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Temescal Canyon Loop (Harder path)
by wankel on Jul 12, 2009
Pacific Palisades, California, United States
Hiking | 4.2 miles (3.0 miles away)
Trails iPhone 3G app used with default Hiking settings. This time around I chose the harder path, turned around at skull rock, and came back down the easy way.
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Solstice Canyon
by modernhiker on Sep 03, 2007
Malibu Hills, California, United States
Hiking | 5.9 miles (14.7 miles away)
A shaded canyon hike to the ruins of a burned-down mansion. Full write up at Modern Hiker.
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Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak
by modernhiker on Jan 07, 2008
Topanga Oaks, California, United States
Hiking | 7.3 miles (7.5 miles away)
Full write up at Modern Hiker.
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Runyon Canyon
by modernhiker on Aug 12, 2007
West Hollywood, California, United States
Hiking | 2.9 miles (9.9 miles away)
A close and convenient mini-hike in the heart of Los Angeles. Full write up at Modern Hiker.
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Runyon canyon hike
by drnantu on Mar 11, 2012
Los Angeles, California, United States
Hiking | 2.8 miles (10.1 miles away)
I went to this famous trail with two other friends. I was told that there might be celebrity sightings. Well, we did see quite a few good looking men and women, but no famous faces. The trail starts very gentle grade. Then, we could see the Hollywood sigh and the downtown high-rises. The view is magnificent, far stretching to the sea. The last quarter mile, we came down to the mountain. The...