Best Hikes Near Los Angeles  by Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel

Best Hikes Near Los Angeles Guide Book

by Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Los Angeles  by Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel
Here are forty-six of the best hikes within a ninety-minute drive of downtown Los Angeles—from the chaparral-covered slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains to the lush alpine forests of the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto Ranges, and several nature preserves that protect valuable ecosystems and wildlife around the southland. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Los Angeles" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 46.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 46.

A short jaunt through verdant meadows peppered with streams and seasonal waterfalls is enticingly close to the extravagance and luxury of prestigious Malibu estates. This trail is ideal for nature l ...
Malibu, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.9
The Aspen Grove is one of the San Bernardino Mountains’ sweetest gifts. The quaking trees display some of the finest fall color this side of the Rockies. Follow the trail through the arboreal splendor ...
Angelus Oaks, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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Explore spectacular botanic gardens and a majestic historic monument memorializing a world-renowned chewing gum tycoon and entertainment entrepreneur while hiking to one of the most breathtaking peaks ...
Avalon, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
Hike along the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s wondrous Backbone Trail, traversing a ridgeline with tremendous unimpeded views of the Pacific coastline. On clear days the vantage is ...
Ventura, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.25
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A hardy ten-stamp mill stands intact on the stalwart slopes of Mount Baden-Powell. Follow an old wagon route to the mine and enjoy the scenery of Mount Baldy and the rugged East Fork of the San Gabrie ...
Wrightwood, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
Hike through the strange formations of Red Rock Canyon Park up to the high valley viewpoints of Calabasas Peak.
Woodland Hills, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5
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It isn’t a coincidence that the name Charmlee evokes visions of a charming and magical place. Nestled on a meadowland bluff above the Pacific Coast Highway, Charmlee Wilderness Park is an idyllic sett ...
Malibu, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.1
The Chiquito Trail is a secluded wonder known mostly to mountain bikers and those with the verve to explore out-of-the-way territory in one of California’s more ignored mountain chains and national fo ...
Lake Elsinore, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8
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The Devil’s Backbone is the colloquial moniker of the trail up the knifelike ridgeline to Mount San Antonio. The “other Devils Backbone” follows a mountaineer use trail on the backside of Mount Baldy ...
Wrightwood, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.3
Enjoy the remarkable tectonic scenery of Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area and its smooth, angular, uplifted sedimentary rocks. Hike high above through shrub forests of pinyon and Coulter pine, incense c ...
Littlerock, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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If you are looking for variety and challenge, Eaton Canyon is for you. This trail is a reasonably leisurely stroll that, at times, presents a moderate challenge and an even greater reward in the form ...
Pasadena, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
Experience vistas of the Los Angeles metro area while ascending to the ruins of a historic Victorian chalet, and follow the trail of the only scenic mountain electric traction railroad ever built in t ...
Altadena, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5
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The Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail is a great introduction to Idyllwild hiking and the San Jacinto Mountains. Children and hikers of all ages will enjoy the views, the shady forest, and the gentle trip to ...
Idyllwild, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5
The hike to Etiwanda Peak combines a trek up the Middle Fork of Lytle Creek and an epic adventure from Icehouse Saddle deep into the Cucamonga Wilderness to Cucamonga Peak—and ultimately to remote Eti ...
Lytle Creek, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 16.5
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Hike through the lovely shaded splendor of Franklin Canyon, the quieter and more peaceful alternative to Runyon Canyon. Franklin Canyon is one of the most popular filming parks in Los Angeles; movie a ...
Beverly Hills, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.5
This hike highlights some magical Hollywood hotspots, from the Griffith Observatory to the views from Mount Hollywood to an overlook that takes hikers to the back of the Hollywood sign atop Mount Lee. ...
Hollywood, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 8
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The hike to Heart Rock Falls follows lovely Seeley Creek through wooded pine and cedar. An overlook provides the best views of the heart formation, and both the top and bottom of the falls can be visi ...
Crestline, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Holy Jim Falls graces the lovely little side canyon that bears the same name. Lined with fern and riparian splendor, the hike is a popular one, and the tranquil falls, while not overpowering, are quai ...
Corona, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.1
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The hike to Jepson Peak is definitely a demanding one. Beginning in a dusty wash and ending on an alpine summit ridge, the trail leads to a short cross-country traverse up to the second-highest summit ...
Forest Falls, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 16
Hike up the oldest trail in Southern California, ascend to the top of a magnificent coastal peak with dynamite views, explore the beautiful flower-filled landscape, and walk through a historic valley ...
Malibu, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6
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