5 Places to Hike in L.A. Based on Your Personality
From latte-clutching chatterers to nervous Nellies, we got you
So many miles of hiking trails, so little time. That’s the L.A. story these days, when everything from your coffee klatch to your latest business deal seems to happen on a pleasant hillside stroll.
But maybe you’re in the teeniest bit of an outdoors rut, and need to expand your horizons past the usual Runyon Canyon route? We’ve got some suggestions for you, whether you’re a schmoozer, a romantic or just want to relax by a waterfall.
If you’re social: Hike Fryman Canyon
Avoid the crowds at Hollywood’s Runyon Canyon and hit the trails on the valley side at Fryman Canyon. Not only is the three-mile loop just as easy to stroll along; you’ll see celebrities like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and Hayden Panettiere at this dog-friendly spot. Park at the trailhead lot at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Fryman Road.
If you’re into culture: Hike Malibu Creek State Park
Love comparing notes on your latest Netflix binge? Well, you can visit the 1970s version of must-see TV at Malibu Creek State Park, where you can walk through the ruins of the old M*A*S*H TV series set. Take the 4.75-mile hike easy--meaning downhill--by parking alongside Mulholland Drive for free and walking down Crags Road, where old Army vehicles and shacks await.
If you’re tense: Hike Palos Verdes Peninsula
Take a deep breath and remember how small you are compared with the massive Pacific, which winds along the Seascape Trail on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. If you start at the Terrace Trail Access Point, it’s only 1.5 miles long and has a cool lighthouse and tidal pools.
If you’re nosy: Hike Solstice Canyon Trail
Like peeking through other people’s medicine cabinets? Well, you can hike the ruins of a 1952 mansion designed by celebrity architect Paul Revere Williams along the Solstice Canyon Trail. The manse burned in ’82, but the 3.4-mile hiking loop that goes by it still provides Pacific views, a small waterfall and wild green parrots in the trees.
If you’re daring: Hike Griffith Observatory
Grab a friend and a flashlight during a full moon and experience a new perspective on the Griffith Observatory. At night, the breezy air is invigorating, and the view of the city lights from the top is, too.