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Los Angeles’ best kept secret? The AWESOME hiking trails that abound in every direction. We have hiked the best LA hiking trails to create this ultimate reference. You’ll find everything from a hike to a secret Nazi hideaway, the tallest peak in LA County, waterfall hikes, and dog-friendly trails.  Choose your adventure and get on the trail!

Trail NameMileageDifficultyLocationDogsGain
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook1.5ModerateCulver CityN454
Bee Rock and Old Zoo2.4ModerateGriffith ParkY694
Inspiration Loop2.6EasyWill Rogers State ParkY662
Murphy Ranch3.1EasySanta Monica MountainsY630
Temescal Canyon Loop3.1EasyPacific PalisadesN545
Runyon Canyon3.2ModerateHollywoodY1030
Burbank Peak, Cahuenga Peak, Mt. Lee3.25ModerateGriffith ParkY1691
Franklin Canyon Reservoir Loop 3.4EasyBeverly HillsY160
Hollywood Reservoir Loop3.4EasyHollywoodN50
Fish Canyon Falls3.5EasyDuarteN400
Escondido Falls3.6EasyMalibuY351
Eaton Canyon Falls4EasyAngeles National ForestY476
Mt. Hollywood4.2ModerateGriffith ParkY1185
M*A*S*H Hike in Malibu Creek State Park 4.85EasyMalibu Creek State ParkN652
Trail Canyon Falls5.5ModerateAngeles National ForestY1260
Vasquez Rocks5.65ModerateVasquez RocksY650
Vital Link Trail to Verdugo Peak5.65ModerateVerdugo MountainsY2195
Echo Mountain via the Sam Merrill Trail5.75ModerateAltadenaY2315
Beaudry Loop5.9ModerateVerdugo MountainsY1800
Cooper Canyon Falls6ModerateAngeles National ForestY907
Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak6.1ModerateSanta Monica Mountains National Recreation AreaN1686
Schabarum Regional Park6.5ModerateSchabarum Regional ParkY1596
Eagle Rock6.6ModerateTopanga State ParkN1220
Parker Mesa Overlook from Trippet Ranch6.8ModerateTopanga State ParkN1921
Hollywood Sign & Bronson Caves7.5ModerateGriffith ParkY1003
Mt Baden Powell8.7StrenuousAngeles National ForestY2900
San Gabriel Peak +49StrenuousAngeles National ForestY3920
Mt. San Antonio (Baldy)10.2StrenuousBaldy VillageY3900
Mt Wilson Trail to Manzanita Ridge10.2StrenuousAngeles National ForestY5900
Inspiration Point and Muir Peak11StrenuousAngeles National ForestY2864
Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats14StrenuousArcadiaY4200
Trans-Catalina Trail37.2Strenuous

Catalina IslandN9600
Haskell Canyon Open SpaceModerateSanta Clarita

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10 Responses

  1. This is just what I needed to find! I just moved from Ojai where I walked the Ojai Valley Trail daily. Even though I lived in Venice & worked in Santa Monica years ago, and have moved to SM to be closer to family, I feel overwhelmed by the traffic & urban ambiance. I’m in need of a walk other than concrete sidewalks with traffic speeding by. Thank you for sharing in such a detailed way. Once upon a time I also enjoyed hiking & backpacking & X-co skiing, but now I’m sticking to the Easy walks, but need to find them surrounded by nature. Your site is a blessing! With appreciation! Mary Kay

  2. Such a great site, can’t wait to check some of these places out! I didn’t see Devils Punchbowl in Pearablossom though. Its absolutely gorgeous! There is an easy 1 mile loop and then the 7ish mile long one to Devils chair which is beautiful! Hope you try it!

  3. Is it possible to update this map with some other peoples hikes? I have a couple that I think people would love to do.

    Also is it possible to have a section that shows our own recent hikes other than the 6 pack challenge? I joined this board too late in the season to log the hikes I’ve done.

  4. Hello there , i really loved your detail throughout each trail. I did not see Mt. baldys devil back bone trail . It is definitely a strendourous hike but i do believe you would enjoy it . it is a 10,058 i believe elevation. The views were breathtaking

  5. Hi ! I’m a new hiker but i really recommend you checking out Potato Mountain in Claremont, up in san gabriel mountains 😀

  6. Hi, SCH Team! This is an amazing list! I can only imagine how many people find inspiration for new adventures in it. it really looks like there is a little something for everyone. I was wondering, which of these trails are most popular among hikers?

  7. This is such a useful chart! I’ve struggled before this to find decent trails nearby that allow dogs. But moreso it’s great to see so many trails organized in an easy guide. Thank you, sir!

  8. Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website and in-depth information you offer. Thanks for sharing this informative list. I will certainly dig it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this website. Please keep sharing!

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