Los Angeles has a lot going for it—world-class restaurants, great shopping, boutique hotels (some properties even let you purchase resort day passes to use the pool), happening nightlife, farmers markets galore, an ahead-of-the-curve wellness scene and, of course, access to nature. Accessibility to the mountains, beach and just green spaces, in general, are some of the things we love most about this sprawling celeb-spotting capital. The best way to get out and see what Mother Nature so brilliantly made? Hiking. It’s among our fave pastimes. And the trails in Greater Los Angeles, the second-largest urban region in the United States, which includes Santa Monica, Malibu and west through San Gabriel Mountains, are just next level.
Of course, everyone knows about Runyon Canyon. And the hike to the Hollywood Sign is basically a prerequisite of visiting. Have you heard of Los Liones Trail? The vistas are worth putting in the effort. This isn’t to say that all the hikes in LA are challenging. Quite the opposite. You’ll find a great mix of treks for all skill levels. Because there are so many epic hikes to choose from, we enlisted the help of Casey Schreiner, the author of Day Hiking Los Angeles and Discovering Griffith Park, and the creator of the must-read outdoors blog modernhiker.com, to come up with the ultimate list of the best places to hike near L.A. Scroll on before putting together an itinerary for your next trip to the City of Angels!