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Los Angeles Hiking Trails

los angeles hiking trails There are literally hundreds of Los Angeles hiking trails. So many, that no one place could possibly list them all. Many of them don't really even have a name. You are driving along and see a little trailhead by the side of the road, thats it.

So how do you find great hiking in LA? Well the good news is that because there are so many, they are not hard to find. So some of it just requires some exploration. If you are looking up Los Angeles hiking trails then you are probably an adventurous and nature loving type, so a little exploration shouldn't frighten you.

Below we will try to share some of our favorite areas where you can find abundant hiking in the LA area. Check back because we love to explore too! So we will try to update the page with new Los Angeles hiking trails and parks as we discover them and have time to explore them and take some pictures.

Happy trails!

We Love This Sign on the Entrance to El Escorpion Park!

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Los Angeles Hiking Trails:

El Escorpion Park: This is a relatively small park but a fun one for a day of hiking. It is in the western end of the San Fernando Valley off Valley Circle Blvd. Aparently it was an old Indian village and the Castle Peak was considered holy. If you take the 101 to Valley Circle north, turn left on Vanowen Street and just before it curves around and ends there is the entrance gate (pictured below). You can park on the street right there and it is usually not crowded. Follow the path around the hill and you'll come out into this long canyon with a stream running down the middle. For a casual hike, follow the paths along either side of the canyon. For a more strenuous workout, there are trails heading up to the big peak, called Castle Peak, where you can find great views of the valley.

At the end of the canyon there is a gate which you can pass through which takes you to the Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve (see below), so you can keep going if you want to. If you head to the right up the hill after the gate you'll see some cool caves where we've seen people rock climbing.

As you can see from the picture, this does not appear to be a stroller-friendly Los Angeles hiking trail!

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Griffith Park: Griffith Park is a huge area in the middle of the city, near Hollywood and Los Feliz, which is much more than just a hiking trail. These 4000 acres of chapparal are covered with Los Angeles hiking trails, but also parks, the LA Zoo, a train museum, pony rides and much more! Just about anywhere you go in the park you can find trails to hike on.


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Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve: At the west end of the valley and running into Calabasas, this huge nature preserve is just awesome. Although the landscape is typical California chapparal, it is fascinating to see the differences through the seasons. In winter it is brown, dry and like a haunted martian landscape. In spring it comes alive with color and new growth.

There are many Los Angeles hiking trails running through the huge area. Our usual spot to start out is at the end of Victory Blvd (take the 101 to Valley Circle north and then turn left at Victory). This "Victory Trailhead" has a parking lot (please pay the few dollars for parking to help support the protection of the park!) and you can head out in several directions and literally hike for days if you wanted to. Its gigantic! There are other trail heads at the southern end of the preserve, along Mureau Rd, Los Hills Rd and Chesebro Rd., as well.

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Topanga State Park: Topanga State Park is one of our favorite areas to hike around LA. The giant area is both beautiful and covered in hundreds of miles of trails, from the casual to the strenuous. Some of our favorite Los Angeles hiking trails are off Trippett Ranch at the end of Entrada Rd.

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Runyon Canyon: A bit more "hipster", this area is in the middle of the Hollywood Hills. The trail loops are full of young people walking their dogs. It is a pretty little oasis of nature in the middle of a residential area of Hollywood. You can get there off of N. Fuller Ave and N. Vista St.


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Sage Ranch Park in Black Canyon: On the northwestern end of the San Fernando Valley there are some facinating areas and really cool landscapes. This park is hidden away but is easy to get to by car. If you take the 101 and exit Valley Circle north, keep going all the way up by the Chatsworth Nature Preserve and the reservoir at the far north end of the valley. Turn left on Woolsey Canyon Rd and take it to its end. You can only turn left (into a private Boeing Facility) or right up Black Canyon Rd. Just a bit up the road you'll find the entrance to this park on the left.

There are some cool loops around this medium sized park. We've seen lots of wildlife here, particularly bunnies hoping around everywhere. It used to be an old fruit ranch and there are still lemon and other fruit trees all around from what used to be orchards. Of note, if you like fun drives as well as hiking, the windy Black Canyon is an interesting drive. Even better, check out the creapy Box Canyon further up off Valley Circle. You'll have a hard time believing you are still in LA! And pretty soon you won't be as the canyon ends all the way up in Simi Valley. In fact, if you continue up, you'll find several more cool trailheads along Santa Susana Pass.


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Temescal Gateway Park: At the end of Temescal Canyon Rd, where it ends at Sunset, this park is on the north side of Sunset. It is a small park but is close to part of Topanga to the north. For that reason it is fun for hiking in LA because you can either take shorter little loop trails in the area or set off on long trails that head up into Topanga and up to Dirt Mulholland.

There is some cool landscape here, with hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and even a few waterfalls around!


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Will Rogers State Park: Along Sunset Blvd in the Palisades you can find this famous park which is continuous to the north and west with Topanga State Park. It is a nice starting point for exploring the eastern end of these beautiful hills and trails.


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