With land that spans a coastline, mountain ranges, and numerous hills, it’s no wonder that Los Angeles is home to so many noteworthy hiking trails. Residents and visitors alike love to take advantage of the LA landscape and wonderful weather, hitting the trails year round. For those who have yet to explore what the city has to offer, or for anyone wanting some new outdoor inspiration, here’s a list of our top hikes in LA.

In creating this list we wanted to capture a range of hiking difficulties, a variety of scenery and exploration, and various vibes that reflect Los Angeles’ natural beauty. From hiking the Murphy Ranch Trail to a dilapidated Nazi compound to wandering the West Loop of Elysian Park, get ready for a quintessentially Los Angeles outdoor expedition.

And if you’re looking to explore more than just hikes in Los Angeles, click the Daymaker button next to any item on the list below to use it as a starting point to create your own Hollywood adventure.

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Start at the base of Fern Dell Dr., where the bear statue marks the spot, and follow the path up into Griffith Park. You'll see some park equipment and picnic areas while approaching the hillside. The trail veers up and to the right (north-east), and there are a few different trails that can take you to the Observatory. Trek around and explore, or use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to stay on a specific track.

Go all the way to the Griffith Observatory, perched on top of some mighty hills and look through telescopes, wander exhibits, see live shows in the planetarium, and gaze out at sweeping views of the city.


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Temescal Canyon Trail is an easy-moderate difficulty 3-mile loop that takes hikers through a lovely canyon with outposts overlooking the ocean. Follow the trail clockwise for a steep ascent along the ocean views, with a nice lookout spot as a reward. During the colder months, and when the drought isn’t in full effect, hikers can also enjoy a waterfall, while unique rock formations exist at many points along the trail.

This trail is ideal for hikers of all skill levels, and a perfect place to disconnect from the busy city life. Parking is free and plentiful along Temescal Canyon Road, and the entrance to the park can be found near the intersection of Temescal and Sunset boulevard.

Use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to make sure you stay on track.


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The hike up Fryman Canyon makes for a great LA afternoon. The trail is about 3.4 miles, moderate difficulty, with some steepness for a nice challenge but not overly exhausting. The road is partly paved and dirt, and stay populated, though not overly crowded. There's a large free parking lot at the base of the trail, and dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash. While this spot is most often refferred to as Fyman, it's also technically located in Wilacre Park,

Use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to make sure you stay on track.


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This park is a well maintained and restored native habitat with walking paths and a scenic overlook at the top of the hill. From the entrance at Jefferson Blvd. the walking path is about .5 miles to the top, and the staircase is about .25 miles to top. Both routes are fairly steep, so you get a solid workout in a short amount of time. If you do a full loop it's 1.3 miles total, but there are multiple ways to meander back down.

Enjoy the panoramic view of the Los Angeles Basin, ocean, and mountains. If you’re feeling like an extra stop, check out the Visitor’s Center with exhibits about the parkland. Sorry, dogs are not allowed.

Use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to make sure you stay on track.


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The Wisdom Tree sits atop the Cahuanga Peak as the lone tree to survive the Hollywood Hills Fire in 2007. The tree has great views looking out onto the Valley, and boxes where visitors leaves notes of messages and aspirations. The hike itself is pretty steep, but it goes by fast, perfect for a shorter but steady workout. If you feel like going further after reaching the Wisdom Tree, continue walking along the peak trail for a view of the Hollywood Sign, before turning back around.

The address brings you to the intersection of Wonder View Dr and Lake Hollywood Drive. You'll want to park along Lake Hollywood Drive, then begin walking up Wonder View Dr until you reach the trailhead, which will be easy to spot. After you start hiking, the path is pretty straight forward to reach the Tree, following the All Trails map to Burbank Peak. The hike to the Wisdom Tree is about 1.5 miles round trip. If you decide to continue to the view of the Hollywood sign, continue further east (about 3 miles total round trip).

Use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to make sure you stay on track.


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The trail head for this hike is hidden in Franklin Canyon Park, but if you follow the directions, you should be all good finding it. Accessing the park from the South, you'll end up driving in through Franklin Canyon Drive, then turning right onto Lake Dr. About 1 mile down Lake Drive (at the address we've provided) you'l see the entrance to the trail by a sign reading "Franklin Canyon Ranch," a small parking area, and a little set of stairs.

Clocking in at 2.5 miles, you'll have a few stopping points of nice views, and some Los Angeles hilly greenery to go along. You'll also pass through a couple points with fences, but don't worry, you're still in the right place.

Use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to make sure you stay on track.


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Check out this easy level 3.4 mile hike, frequented by locals who want to check out the remains of a 1930s Nazi sympathizers compound hidden in the Pacific Palisades. The ranch was raided by U.S. authorities and closed down, to later reopen as an artists colony, and then once again be abandoned. The structures have been left unattended and have become covered in colorful graffiti.

From the street parking at the intersection of Capri Drive and Casale Road, begin walking up Sullivan Ridge Fire Road toward a gate 0.4 miles from the start at the entrance of Topanga State Park.

Use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to make sure you stay on track.


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Mt. Lee Dr is a lesser known access point for getting to the Hollywood Sign, located amidst the winding streets of the Hollywood Hills. The larger gateway may be closed, but there's a pedestrian entrance off the the left right by the intersection of Mulholland Hwy. Once you set foot onto the hillside there's a pathway to the left that leads to a look-out point just below the Hollywood Sign, and a pathway to the right that winds up behind the Hollywood Sign for another viewpoint.

Locals don't like visitors coming through the area, so parking may be tricky close to the entrance, and you'll want to look out for any parking restriction signs. The full hike to lookout from behind the Sign is about 1.2-1.5miles one way. Follow the link for a more detailed scoop from LAist.


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The Runyon Canyon Trail is 2.5 miles of gorgeous Los Angeles Views, and people-watching. The trail is littered with people and dogs alike. You can see the entire city from the 360 degree view at the top of the trail. While here, be sure to leave some time to park, as the parking lot is small, and it's one of LA's busiest hiking spots.

Use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to make sure you stay on track.


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Park in the lot across from Grace E. Simons Lodge, which starts you by the trail and the welcome sign to the Chavez Ravine Arboretum. Facing the lodge, walk right on Elysian Park Drive and the trailhead will be on your left at a white gate, just before Stadium Way.

The full West Park Loop is a leisurely walk, approx. 2.5 miles, 1hr. Stay on the main, wider trial and when you hit the road again, the most immediate path going left, or the roads to the left, will take you back. Enjoy the fresh air, greenery, and city views as you go.

When you’re done walking, look around the arboretum where they’ve been planting rare trees of over 100 varieties since the 1920s, or just relax on the grass. If you feel like more hiking, the Angels Point Trail (easy difficulty, approx. 2.8miles, 1hr) begins 200 ft from the Wildflower Trail after you cross Stadium Way.

Use the awesome (and free) All Trails app to view the trail and access further details. You can follow your live GPS location over the All Trails map in app to make sure you stay on track.


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