One of the reasons Los Angeles is a top tourist destination is mainly because of its sunny weather all throughout the year, white sandy beaches, and mountains located in different parts of the state. If you are a junkie of outdoor activities, LA is the perfect spot for you as there are a lot of things to do.

If you are ever in LA, the first thought that comes to mind should be lacing your boot and heading out to the trails while enjoying the beautiful and fresh air, the best mother nature has to offer. In this post, we are going to have an in-depth discussion about outstanding places to hike in Los Angeles.

The Charlie Turner Trail To Mount Hollywood (Griffith Park)

This is one of the most famous hiking trails in LA. At the peak you have front row seat of 360 degrees of almost everything from the Pacific Ocean to Verdugo Mountains, its view at the top will literally take your away! 

To get at the peak of Mount Hollywood, the trail begins from the North of the parking lot of the Observatory. From the lush green vegetation's, the hiking trails become more and more visible as it winds deeper and higher into the mountains, one of the stunning views is of the famous Hollywood sign that we usually see in movies and films.

Forty minutes in you will reach the top, it's a dusty, clear spot with picnic tables perfect for catching your breath, having a snack or meal and rehydrating. Up there is an ultimate viewpoint of spectacular views of down below stretching from Los Angeles basin, San Fernando Valley, hills from the west and skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles. The views up there are truly marvelous.

Hiking hours: 5 am- 10:30 pm, by sunset the hiking trails close.

Location: 2800 E Observatory Ave 

Pets: Yes, its allowed but only with leashes

Distance: 3 miles

Hiking time: one and half hours

Parking: There is a parking lot near the Griffith Observatory and street parking at Observatory Avenue, with both costing 4$ an hour.

With an acreage of 4200, it's the largest park with plenty of hiking trails and beautiful green making it the best places to hike in Los Angeles

Runyon Canyon

Spanning over 160 acres on the eastern edge of Santa Monica mountains, it's quite popular amongst fitness enthusiast from runners, hikers, yoga fanatics, and weightlifters who flood the hiking trail for that slimmer and toned body. In LA body size and weight is everything for the locals. In the morning hours and evening, it's at its peak with a lot of people. 

The hiking trail has only one major loop, you can catch from west of North Vista Street or the east side of Fuller avenue that gradually ascends as you move further up forward. It’s important to NOTE as you continue to ascend watch out for a narrow and steep section as you edge nearer the top of eastern Canyon wall. 

At the top, you will be treated to some stunning sights of downtown Hollywood, high rise building along Miracle Mile, and beautiful mansions in Hollywood hills of the rich and famous. If you are lucky, you might spot a celeb on the hiking trails and maybe! Just maybe you might take a picture with them capping a perfect hiking exercise.

For those who may want a shorter hiking trail, you can take the trail from Mulholland Drive.

Address: 2001 N Fuller Ave

Hiking hours: Dawn to dusk

Pets: Its highly encourage to hike with your dogs and a large section of the trail allows off-leash walking.

Distance: 1.5 miles with optional extension

Duration: 30 minutes to one hour

Parking: There is a street park at Franklin Avenue it’s a good and perfect spot for your car. Pay special attention to permit-parking only along the street to avoid your car being towed.

Portuguese Bend Reserve (Rancho Palos Verdes)

If you are looking for a secluded hiking trail this perfect hiking trails in LA county, the park itself is 339 acres with a vast network of trails with exquisite views Catalina island and deep blue view of the Pacific Ocean. Since it is at the edge of Palos Verdes Peninsula, it’s usually less crowded compared to other parks, and also it has been marked as a Nature Preserve, be sure to spot a lot of wildflowers and wildlife along the way. Talk about double fun!

There are plenty of hiking trails you can start off at Burma Road following it through Ibrahim El-Hefni Vista Point. On your left it’s the Eagle’s Nest Trail it is 2 miles till it re-joins Burma road, you can head into the lower loop by following the Toyon Trail.

All the other remaining trails Peppertree Trail, Klondike Canyon Trail and Ishibashi Trail all lead to and fro Burma road so don’t get worried off getting lost as you will always end up where you started from. For those who want to take the shorter route of approximately 3 miles do not follow the lower loop.

Location: Burrell Ln and Crenshaw Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes

Hiking hours: No restrictions, dusk to dawn

Pets: Yes, both horses and dogs are allowed

Time: two and half hours- three and half hours.

Distance: 5.15 miles

Parking: At the entrance to the park there is street parking.


Fitness and health is a major factor in the life of Californians and hiking plays an important role in achieving that. It’s the perfect activity to burn extra calories and fat gained keeping your body important toned and fit, one of the most impressive features about hiking in LA trails is most of them allow pets. Making it a perfect day out for the whole family.

Around LA there are a lot of hiking trails and this article will help you decide on which one is best suited for your outdoor needs and one that will not drain and exhaust you at the end of the trip. Have a blast hiking!

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