Things to Do in North Los Angeles

Things to Do in North Los Angeles
Exciting adventures for the outdoor enthusiast abound throughout Los Angeles, especially in the northern part of the county. From the storied canyons and cliffs of Malibu to the beachside biking trails that hug the coastline, Los Angeles beckons visitors and residents alike with its scenic beauty and natural surroundings, much of which has been featured in countless movie and classic TV shows.

Go Mountain Biking in Point Mugu

Bike past the old M*A*S*H set and Malibu Creek while peddling Crags Road in Point Mugu State Park, located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Featuring mountain bike routes for all abilities, the park also includes the 15.5-mile Sycamore Canyon route, offering a scenic panorama of open roads, shady trees, single-track trails, plentiful wildlife, a few challenging climbs and stellar ocean views.
Point Magu State Park
9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 880-0363

Visit Malibu Creek

Located 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Malibu Creek State Park was purchased by the state of California in 1974 from the 20th Century Fox movie studio. With more than 30 miles of trails, the park was once the backdrop for such films as "Tarzan," "Planet of the Apes" and "South Pacific." Among the attractions of this 10,000-acre setting include a Visitor Center, campground, lake, beautiful canyons, tranquil streams, sandstone outcroppings and majestic canyons. One of the hikes follow Malibu Creek to Rock Pool, framed by towering cliffs and Century Lake. The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road. For information, call (818) 880-0367.

Bike the Beaches

Ride through upscale Malibu on your way to such destinations as Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Torrance on the 19-mile South Bay Bike Trail. California's classic beach towns unfold in scenic splendor and colorful people-watching, including the famed weightlifters of Venice Beach. Connecting to all the piers, the trail starts at Will Rogers State Beach located off the Pacific Coast Highway near the intersection with Temescal Canyon Road, and ends up at Torrance County Beach just south of Redondo Beach. For information, call (310) 305-9503.

Hike Paramount Ranch

The scenic backdrop for many classic Western movies, Paramount Ranch reveals a glimpses of the golden era of Hollywood when cowboy movies were king. The area has served as the backdrop for such venerable locales as Tombstone, Dodge City and Laredo. At the park's entry, a set for a Western town continues to be used for TV and film productions. Hike past the homestead of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."
Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA
(818) 597-9192


Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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