Top 5 Hikes in Los Angeles
I am on a health and fitness mission. As I close out my 20s I want to feel like my best self and a large part of that is determined not necessarily by the way I look, but the way I feel. Shedding a few pounds wouldn’t be so bad either. If you’re following me on Instagram, and especially Insta Stories, you know I am constantly sharing my daily workouts. Living in LA there is no shortage of outdoor workouts. I find myself hesitating to go on hikes and I don’t know why, because every time I do, I love it so much!
I think it’s the same mentality as going to the gym, the hardest part is getting there! And also, it’s just pure laziness. This past week I’ve done two hikes and it reminded me how much I love working out outdoors.
Below are my favorite hikes in LA. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Runyon Canyon — 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Probably the most popular hike in Los Angeles, Runyon Canyon is easily my favorite. It’s in in the West Hollywood/Hollywood area which makes it very accessible. It’s also a short hike but has a great gradual incline so you are working the entire time. I also love that it’s dog-friendly and allows dogs to be off-leash so Dué and I can go together!
Hollywood Sign Hike — Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Another favorite hike! It’s so cool and fun to hike all the way to the top of the Hollywood sign. The views are incredible and iconic. The only downside on this hike is that there’s almost no shade. I can be sensitive about the sun so warning you guys so you are prepared! Bring a hat and water! My favorite time to go is around sunset. Just make sure you time it out properly so you aren’t walking back in the dark.
Griffith Park — 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Have you seen the movie “Yes Man” starring Jim Carrey? Steve claims it’s the reason we are together because the night we met he was going to stay at home but was watching “Yes Man” and said “yes” to the evening’s plans and then met me! Haha, anyways, I love that movie and there are several scenes in Griffith Park so when we first visited LA it was one of our stops! There are so many hike paths in Griffith Park but one of my favorites starts at the Greek Theater and heads up to the Observatory and then loops back around. I love all the trees! They make me feel like I’m back east or in northern California and I am absolutely in awe over the Observatory every time I visit.
Solstice Canyon — 3455 Solstice Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Searching for a hike with a waterfall? This is it. Solstice Canyon in Malibu is a beautiful hike through the Malibu canyons. It’s very shady which is great and the waterfall is picturesque and calming. Do not expect Niagra Falls, okay?
Los Liones Canyon — 510 Los Liones Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
If you’re looking for a hike with gorgeous ocean views, this is it. The trail is narrow but has such vibrant foliage, flowers, and trees the entire route. I love the terrain. The hike can be challenging at parts but the sweeping views are well worth it. The only downside is no dogs are allowed. I guess that can be an upside for some people, haha but I always want to bring my pup.