Hikes in Los Angeles

Below is a collection of over 125 trails in the Los Angeles area, listed from north to south and west to east. The table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike in Los Angeles. There is also a search feature, which can be used to quickly isolate the hike you are looking for. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. You can also view hikes around Los Angeles on the Hike Finder Map.

Highlights of Los Angeles

  • This adventurous 10-mile hike requires several river crossings to reach an out-of-place bridge with a unique history.
  • This 11.3-mile loop combines the hair-raising Devil’s Backbone with Baldy Bowl – Ski Hit Trail to reach the highest summit in the San Gabriel Mountains.
  • This 2.7 to 3.5-mile loop takes in tremendous ocean views above Big Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State Park.
  • This 11.7-mile loop circles the ridges around Avalon, offering amazing views of the interiors of Catalina Island and the ocean beyond.
  • This 5.8-mile hike visits a historic railway and ruins from a century old resort overlooking Pasadena.
  • This 4.75-hike in Malibu Creek State Park visits the site where the exteriors of the television show MASH were filmed.
  • This 2.1-mile loop is action-packed, crossing through an impressive cave to climb to a rocky peak with views over the San Fernando Valley.
  • This 3-mile hike crosses a level park into a canyon containing a lovely 40-foot waterfall.
  • This 3.8-mile out and back visits a 200 foot waterfall that is split into two tiers. The upper tier is 150 feet tall and stunning after a rainstorm.
  • This 10.5-mile hike explores an enchanting narrow canyon on the east side of the Angeles National Forest in the Sierra Pelona Mountains north of Santa Clarita.
  • This 3.5-mile hike ascends from Beachwood Canyon to the summit of Mount Lee behind the Hollywood Sign in Griffith Park.
  • This 2.5-mile loop offers ocean and canyon views from a unspoiled section of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu.

Hiking Los Angeles

Los Angeles County has a higher population than any other country in the United States. Fortunately for residents, this vast urban center is also home to hundreds of hiking trails and several good campgrounds. In the spring and early summer, seasonal waterfalls come alive and the green mountains around Los Angeles are filled with wildflowers.

Many trails around Los Angeles are dog friendly and mountain bike friendly. If you are new to hiking in LA, take a look at this list of top trails in Los Angeles to get started. As you will discover, there are plenty of places to hike in LA besides Runyon Canyon Park.

This list offers information on more than a hundred hikes in the Los Angeles area. If the quantity looks overwhelming, try narrowing the list down to one of the area’s two major ranges, the San Gabriel Mountains to the east and the Santa Monica Mountains to the west. The Santa Monica Mountains, which stretch from Malibu to Hollywood, are packed with trails that offer ocean views and much more. Griffith Park is part of the Santa Monica Mountains and there are several trails to the Hollywood Sign and other destinations in Griffith Park. The San Gabriel Mountains are grand and dramatic, and are largely protected by the U.S. Forest Service in the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, which was created on Oct. 10, 2014.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Fish Canyon Narrows020Fish Canyon Narrows
This out and back hike explores an enchanting narrow canyon on the east side of the Angeles National Forest in the Sierra Pelona Mountains north of Santa Clarita.
10.5 miles
675 feet
34.60227,
-118.67059
Vasquez Rocks025Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park
This loop offers a dose of desert hiking close to LA, incorporating a piece of the Pacific Crest Trail to explore striking sandstone formations that are frequently used as movie backdrops.
3.4 - 5.9 miles
325 - 375 feet
34.489244,
-118.317197
Los Pinetos Waterfall038Los Pinetos Waterfall
This out and back hike in Placerita Canyon Natural Area follows Canyon Trail to the ruins of Walker Ranch and Waterfall Trail to an elusive falls in a sylvan canyon.
5.33 miles
550 feet
34.377866,
-118.467675
Placerita Canyon Ecology Trall040Ecology Trail
This lollipop loop in Placerita Canyon Natural Area will introduce you to numerous local plants along with views of Placerita Canyon.
0.67 miles
75 feet
34.377866,
-118.467675
Towsley View Loop Trail045Towsley View Loop Trail
This loop explores two canyons and scenic ridges in the Santa Susana Mountains, passing the narrows of Towsley Gorge in Towsley Canyon.
5.4 miles
1,075 feet
34.357661,
-118.55698
Rocky Peak050Rocky Peak
This hike climbs to a 2,715-foot summit in Rocky Peak Park in the Santa Susana Mountains between Chatsworth and Simi Valley.
4.75 miles
1,100 feet
34.268362,
-118.636155
Cave of Munits and Castle Peak055Cave of Munits and Castle Peak
This action-packed two-attraction loop crosses through an impressive cave to climb to a rocky peak with views over the San Fernando Valley.
2.1 miles
750 feet
34.195322,
-118.658543
Paradise Falls060Paradise Falls
This loop visits a 40-foot waterfall in Wildwood Park, an open space in Thousand Oaks.
2.5 miles
260 feet
34.215372,
-118.910794
Lizard Rock065Lizard Rock
To add extra mileage and views to a visit to Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks, consider placing Lizard Rock on your itinerary.
3.7 miles
530 feet
34.220788,
-118.921537
Tarantula Hill Thousand Oaks hike070Tarantula Hill
This out and back hike follows a paved trail to the top of a small, round hill in Thousand Oaks with views across the Conejo Valley into the surrounding mountains.
1 mile
275 feet
34.195528,
-118.885343
La Jolla Canyon075La Jolla Canyon Loop
This hike explores Point Mugu State Park on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains, offering incredible ocean views.
11.75 miles
1,250 feet
34.086097,
-119.03688
Mugu Peak078Mugu Peak
This out and back hike from La Jolla Canyon to the 1,266-foot summit features superb ocean and canyon views.
6.5 miles
1,250 feet
34.092697,
-119.055712
La Jolla Canyon Falls081La Jolla Canyon Falls
This out and back hike visits a short seasonal waterfall in Point Mugu State Park.
1.5 miles
250 feet
34.093047,
-119.043134
Overlook Trail085Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop
This loop takes in tremendous ocean views above Big Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State Park.
2.7 - 3.5 miles
450 - 550 feet
34.071305,
-119.012668
The Grotto Malibu090Grotto
This out and back hike visits a creek flowing through a talus cave in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
3.5 miles
500 feet
34.109292,
-118.937438
Sandstone Peak095Sandstone Peak
This loop summits the tallest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains.
6.25 miles
1,075 feet
34.120284,
-118.931018
Tri Peaks100Tri Peaks
This 1-mile addition to the Sandstone Peak loop adds extra views to the hike.
7.45 miles
1,075 feet
34.122438,
-118.950055
Malibu Springs Trail103Nicholas Flat via Malibu Springs Trail
This scenic lollipop loop hike ascends an overgrown track to meadows and a pond on Nicholas Flat in Leo Carrillo State Park.
7 miles
1,425 feet
34.083743,
-118.918329
Angel Vista Thousand Oaks110Angel Vista via Rosewood Trail
This out and back hike is the most direct route to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Conejo Valley.
4 miles
800 feet
34.176802,
-118.912804
Angel Vista115Angel Vista via West Los Robles Trail
This out and back hike offers a more gradual route to the overlook on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains.
7.6 miles
800 feet
34.171903,
-118.881004
Malibu Charmlee Wilderness Park120Charmlee Wilderness Park
This loop is one of several possible hike in this bluff-top park with ocean views over Malibu.
3.3 miles
225 feet
34.058793,
-118.87925
Rocky Oaks hike123Rocky Oaks Park
This short and easy hike visits a pond and a scenic overlook in a small parcel of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
2 miles
175 feet
34.09732
-118.813637
Zuma Canyon Malibu125Zuma Canyon
This out and back hike leaves a coastal Malibu neighborhood to explore rustic Zuma Canyon.
2.8 miles
300 feet
34.032472,
-118.812382
Zuma Canyon Ocean View129Zuma Canyon Ocean View - Canyon View Trails
This loop demands more effort than the Zuma Canyon Trail and provides great ocean and canyon views.
3 miles
750 feet
34.036241,
-118.805902

Malibu Zuma Ridge132Zuma Ridge
This wide dirt service road weaves northwest up the ridge west of Zuma Canyon offering access to several nearby trails.
5.4 - 10.6 miles
1,500 feet
34.03425,
-118.818133
Malibu Zuma Canyon Narrows135Zuma Canyon Narrows
This off-trail trek crosses the narrow canyon beyond Zuma Canyon Trail. Hikers may return along the Zuma Ridge Trail to form a challenging 8-mile loop.
8 miles
1,500 feet
34.056261,
-118.81809
Point Dume140Point Dume Natural Preserve
This short hike explores overlooks on a scenic headland jutting into the Pacific at the northeast end of Santa Monica Bay in Malibu.
1 mile
100 feet
34.004245,
-118.805811
Castro Crest145Castro Crest from Latigo Canyon Road
This out and back hike crosses a green canyon and climbs to scenic saddle below Castro Peak.
3.8 miles
650 feet
34.078379,
-118.79355
Escondido Falls150Escondido Falls
This out and back hike visits a 200 foot waterfall that is split into two tiers. The upper tier is 150 feet tall and stunning after a rainstorm.
3.8 miles
400 feet
34.026568,
-118.780067
Upper Solstice Canyon155Upper Solstice Canyon
This out and back hike crosses remote Upper Solstice Canyon from Corral Canyon Road to Castro Crest.
5.5 - 6.5 miles
520 - 755 feet
34.08216,
-118.758497
Solstice Canyon Malibu160Solstice Canyon Trail
This level out and back hike visits the ruins of a burned down ranch and a small waterfall.
2.6 miles
350 feet
34.037166,
-118.746636
Malibu Corral Canyon165Corral Canyon
This loop offers ocean and canyon views from a unspoiled section of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu.
2.5 miles
525 feet
34.034336,
-118.734362
Paramount Ranch Malibu170Paramount Ranch
This segment of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area includes Western Town, an outdoor set cast as frontier towns in TV and film since the 1950s.
0.25 - 4 miles
150 feet
34.115546,
-118.755176
Malibu Lake Vista175Lake Vista Trail
This out and back hike crosses the west end of Malibu Creek State Park and climbs to a scenic view over Malibu Lake.
4.1 miles
350 feet
34.108084,
-118.749254
MASH hike180M*A*S*H Set
This hike visits the site where the exteriors of the television show MASH were filmed, a 4.75-mile trek from the park entrance.
3.6 - 5.7 miles
175 - 400 feet
34.096475,
-118.745055
Los Cabin Malibu Creek185Lost Cabin Trail
This 1.5-mile round trip extension to the MASH set hike dead-ends in a mountain canyon at the site of a now nonexistent cabin.
5.1 - 7.2 miles
+190 feet
34.092022,
-118.73565
Cistern Trail Malibu190Cistern, Lookout, and Cage Creek Trails
This team of trails make a scenic descent to Century Lake for a short loop or longer hikes in Malibu Creek State Park.
2.05 - 3.6 miles
400 feet
34.105305,
-118.731889
Talepop Trail Malibu195Talepop Loop
This lollipop loop crosses a scenic mountain between Liberty Canyon and Las Virgenes Canyon in Malibu Creek State Park.
4.75 miles
500 feet
34.103394,
-118.713806
Grassland Trail Malibu Creek199Grassland Trail to Crags Road and Rock Pool
This easy hike enters Malibu Creek State Park on South Grassland Trail, then forms a loop around Crags Road to visit Rock Pool.
3 miles
175 feet
34.103394,
-118.713806
Malibu Creek Adventure202Malibu Creek Traverse
This adventure hike explores the C-shaped gorge between Rock Pool and Century Lake in Malibu Creek State Park.
4 miles
200 feet
34.097733,
-118.729291
Mesa Peak Malibu Creek205Mesa Peak from Tapia Trailhead
This out and back hike ascends the Backbone Trail from Malibu Creek State Park to a subtle summit with substantial ocean views.
6.5 miles
1,400 feet
34.079945,
-118.703809
Calabasas Peak Secret Trail210Calabasas Peak via Calabasas - Cold Creek Trail
This out and back hike starts up a scenic single track formerly know as the Secret Trail to reach the summit.
4.5 miles
750 feet
34.126371,
-118.657407
Calabasas Peak214Calabasas Peak from Stunt Road
This out and back hike travels an easy-to-follow fire road to panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains and San Fernando Valley.
3.6 miles
1,000 feet
34.112846,
-118.651879
Red Rock Canyon Park218Red Rock Canyon Park
This park is filled with interesting sandstone formations and trails to a scenic overlook and nearby Calabasas Peak.
2.5 - 5.2 miles
325 - 1,000 feet
34.106015,
-118.637138
Stunt High Trail Malibu222Saddle Peak via Stunt High Trail
This out and back hike combines Stunt High Trail and a section of the Backbone Trail to visit the 6th tallest summit in the Santa Monica Mountains.
8.2 miles
1700 feet

34.077567,
-118.654847
Saddle Peak Malibu225Saddle Peak via the Backbone Trail
This shorter hike approaches the summit from the east.
2 miles
450 feet
34.077069,
-118.655963
Topanga Lookout230Topanga Lookout
This out and back hike visits the site of an old fire tower which still offers great views of the surrounding mountains.
2 miles
160 feet
34.091642,
-118.636308
Tuna Canyon Park Malibu235Tuna Canyon Park
This ocean-view packed hike explores a less-visited park between Topanga and Malibu.
1.6 - 5.1 miles
275 - 900 feet
34.059538,
-118.616345
Hondo Canyon Park Malibu240Hondo Canyon
This out and back hike up a section of the Backbone Trail crosses grassy fields and climbs a wooded canyon to ocean views and a trail to Topanga Lookout.
7.6 - 10.6 miles
1,500 feet
34.092804,
-118.610122
Eagle Rock Trippet Ranch Hike245Eagle Rock from Trippet Ranch
This 4.5-mile loop takes Musch Trail and Eagle Springs Fire Road to visit an exceptional sandstone summit in Topanga State Park.
4.5 miles
800 feet
34.093215,
-118.587629
Parker Mesa Trippet Ranch Hike250Parker Mesa Overlook from Trippet Ranch
This out and back hike heads up to the overlook from Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park's main trailhead.
6.7 miles
375 feet
34.09321,
-118.587588
Parker Mesa Overlook255Parker Mesa Overlook from Paseo Miramar
This steep out and back hike rewards the effort with Pacific Ocean views en route to an overlook perched above Santa Monica Bay.
5.7 - 7.8 miles
900 - 1,250 feet
34.060137,
-118.574331
Los Liones Trail260Los Liones Trail
This out and back hike visits a lust canyon with ocean views and can be used to reach Parker Mesa Overlook.
2.6 miles
550 feet
34.047263,
-118.560098
Eagle Rock Topanga265Eagle Rock from Santa Ynez Canyon
This out and back hike crosses a shaded canyon, climbing a ridge to summit a sandstone prominence in Topanga State Park.
7.4 miles
1,400 feet
34.107517,
-118.570998
Santa Ynez Falls270Santa Ynez Falls
This out and back hike follows a shaded creek to a gorge containing a short waterfall.
2.5 miles
250 feet
34.091555,
-118.569711
Vanalden Cave275Vanalden Cave
This short out and back hike explores a unique sandstone cave that you can stand inside and above, and the hike can be extended by visiting a nearby vista point with a panoramic perspective of the Santa Monica Mountains.
0.6 - 1.55 miles
100 - 350 feet
34.134666,
-118.563017
Temescal Peak285Temescal Peak
This pair of out and back hikes ascend Temescal Ridge to a summit with sweeping views over Topanga State Park.
5.8 - 7.6 miles
575 - 1,200 feet
34.102282,
-118.553767
Skull Rock Temescal Ridge290Skull Rock
This out and back hike descends Temescal Ridge to a head-shaped formation with great views over Santa Monica Bay.
1.5 miles
225 feet
34.076421,
-118.54643
Cabarillo Canyon hike295Caballero Canyon Trail
This out and back hike ascends a canyon to views over the San Fernando Valley.
3.4 miles
625 feet
34.142731,
-118.540882
Temescal Canyon300Temescal Canyon
This loop offers a variety of scenery and decent exercise, despite its relative brevity.
2.6 - 5.25 miles
1,000 feet
34.050217,
-118.529141
Rivas Canyon hike305Rivas Canyon
This single-track trail crosses a lush secluded canyon connecting Temescal Gateway Park to Will Rogers State Park.
2.1 - 4.2 miles
500 feet
34.055895,
-118.528326
Will Rogers Inspiration Point310Inspiration Point
This easy loop in Will Rogers State Historic Park leads to an overlook with views from Santa Monica Bay to downtown LA.
2.25 miles
325 feet
34.054252,
-118.513349
Will Rogers Rustic Canyon315Rustic Canyon's Murphy Ranch from Will Rogers State Historic Park
This adventure visits the ruins of a commune built by Nazi sympathizers in a canyon east of the park.
4 - 5 miles
200 - 850 feet
34.054774,
-118.510087
Rustic Canyon Murphy Ranch320Rustic Canyon's Murphy Ranch from Sullivan Ridge
This loop drops from Sullivan Ridge into Rustic Canyon, where hikers can visit abandoned buildings once occupied by Nazi sympathizers.
3.85 miles
325 feet
34.070192,
-118.514611
Sullivan Ridge325Sullivan Ridge
This out and back hike follows a scenic 6.3-mile long ridge through the Big Wild east of Will Rogers State Park.
7.5 - 14.3 miles
1,200 - 1,350 feet
34.061097,
-118.504121
Sullivan Canyon330Sullivan Canyon
This out and back hike follows a wide trail up the center of a sycamore-filled canyon.
8.5 miles
950 feet
34.073771,
-118.506863
Westridge Trail335Westridge Trail to San Vicente Mountain
This out and back hike travels a scenic ridge between a Brentwood neighborhood and a 1,960-foot summit that was once used as a Nike Missile site.
7.4 miles
900 feet
34.128382,
-118.51357
Mandeville Canyon340Mandeville Canyon to San Vicente Mountain
This loop incorporating a few trails, taking a DWP road up to Westridge to visit San Vicente Mountain, before crossing Mulholland Drive and Canyonback Ridge to return to Mandeville Canyon via Hollyhock Fire Road.
5 miles
770 feet
34.121207,
-118.50665
Mulholland Drive hike345Mulholland Drive to San Vicente Mountain
This out and back hike approaches the peak from the east and offers views to the north and south en route to the old Nike Missile site.
2 miles
360 feet
34.128214,
-118.50272
Upper Canyonback Trail350Upper Canyonback Trail
This out and back hike descends Canyonback Ridge from Mulholland Drive to the Mountain Gate Country Club Estates.
3 - 8 miles
325 feet
34.128214,
-118.50272
Lower Canyonback Trail355Lower Canyonback Trail
This out and back hike ascends Canyonback Ridge from Kenter Ave. in Brentwood to the Mountain Gate Country Club Estates.
3.6 - 8 miles
500 feet
34.081754,
-118.494577
Getty View360Getty View Park
This out and back hike crosses East Sepulveda Fire Road (Casiano Fire Road) on a ridge east of the 405 Freeway that offers light traffic and plentiful views of the Getty Museum and Santa Monica Bay.
3 miles
375 feet
34.088875,
-118.472562
Franklin Canyon Lake Loop395Franklin Canyon Lake Loop & Chaparral Trail
This loop around Franklin Canyon Lake can be extended to ascend Chaparral Trail for an overview of Franklin Canyon.
1.5 - 2.5 miles
100 - 325 feet
34.115753,
-118.413778
Hastain Trail400Hastain Trail
This pair of short loops explore Franklin Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains above Beverly Hills.
1.8 - 2.2 miles
350 - 550 feet
34.111344,
-118.415152
Fryman Canyon410Fryman Canyon Loop
This loop in the Hollywood Hills follows Betty B. Dearing Trail through Wilacre Park and Coldwater Canyon Park.
3 miles
450 feet
34.133298,
-118.391726
Trebek Open Space Hike440Trebek Open Space
This out and back hike incorporated Bantam Trail and Castair Trail in a park adjacent to Runyon Canyon.
1 - 2.5 miles
125 - 375 feet
34.113539,
-118.359405
Runyon Canyon Hike445Runyon Canyon
This set of loops tour the most popular dog park in Los Angeles, offerings good exercise and views over Hollywood.
1.65, 2.65, or 3.25 miles
500 - 800
feet
34.105259,
-118.348933
Cahuenga Peak Hike450Cahuenga Peak from Wonder View Trail
This out and back hike ascends a dirt single track to Cahuenga Peak and the adjacent Mount Lee, home of the Hollywood Sign.
3 miles
925 feet
34.133131,
-118.336451
Hollywood Reservoir Trail452Lake Hollywood Reservoir Walking Trail
This easy loop circles a peaceful fence-enclosed reservoir in the hills below the Hollywood Sign.
3.5 miles
100 feet
34.128716,
-118.336355
Mount Lee Hike455Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign via Hollyridge Trail
This hike ascends from Beachwood Canyon to the summit of Mount Lee behind the Hollywood Sign.
3.5 miles
750 feet
34.129346,
-118.314735
Mount Chapel Hike460Mount Chapel, Mount Bell, and Mount Hollywood
This undulating loop tops three prominent summits on a panoramic tour of Griffith Park.
5.7 miles
675 feet
34.129346,
-118.314735
Hollywood Sign465Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign via Brush Canyon Trail
This out and back hike crosses Griffith Park from Canyon Drive to the top of Mount Lee, directly behind the landmark Hollywood Sign.
6.4 - 7.1 miles
1,100 - 1,200 feet
34.134552,
-118.321559
Bronson Cave470Bronson Cave
This short easy hike visits a man-made cave recognizable as the Batcave from the Batman TV series and hundreds of other locations on TV and film.
0.66 miles
50 feet
34.124448,
-118.314226
Amirs Garden480Amir's Garden
This hike reaches a relaxing garden on the east side of Griffith Park that is a pleasant retreat for hikers.
1 miles
275 feet
34.145047,
-118.293891
Bee Rock485Bee Rock
This hive-shaped point on the east side of Griffith Park can be reached via a pair of loop hikes.
1.7 - 4 miles
600 feet
34.131464,
-118.282791
Old Zoo Picnic Area490Old Zoo Picnic Area
This short hike explores the abandoned exhibits and animal cages in the ruins of the old LA Zoo in Griffith Park.
0.5 miles
50 feet
34.134035,
-118.288168
Beacon Hill495Beacon Hill
This out and back or loop hike in Griffith Park climbs 500 feet to the easternmost summit in the Santa Monica Mountains.
2.75 - 3.9 miles
500 feet
34.128342,
-118.277314
Hostetter Fire Road505Hostetter Fire Road to Verdugo Peak
This out and back hike starts from the north side of the range and ascends La Tuna Canyon to the highest summit in the Verdugo Mountains.
7.5 miles
1,400 feet
34.233954,
-118.291179
Stough Canyon Old Youth Camp Loop506Old Youth Camp Loop in Stough Canyon
This lollipop loop passes the ruins of an abandoned camp in the Verdugo Mountains with views across the San Fernando Valley.
2.6 miles
750 feet
34.213328,
-118.307049
Vital Link Trail Verdugo Mountains507Vital Link Trail
This out and back hike ascends a steep ridge on the south side of the Verdugo Mountains with satisfying views.
3 - 5 miles
1,275 - 1,800 feet
34.209427,
-118.291724
Skyline Motorway Verdugo Mountains508Skyline Motorway
This out and back hike ascends an abandoned fire road in the Verdugo Mountains with expansive views that include the skyline of downtown Los Angeles.
6.1 - 6.6 miles
1,625 - 1,825 feet
34.1953,
-118.293719
Beaudry Motorway Loop510Beaudry Motorway Loop to Tongva Peak
This loop climbs to the summit of Tongva Peak on the east end of the Verdugo Mountains.
6.15 miles
1,475 feet
34.193363,
-118.241163
Cherry Canyon Park515Cherry Canyon Park
This out and back hike in the San Rafael Hills rises to panoramic views at Ultimate Destination Vista Point and a summit with an old lookout tower.
2.5 - 4.8 miles
500 feet
34.193985,
-118.203794
Trail Canyon Falls525Trail Canyon Falls
This out and back hike visits a 40-foot beauty on the east side of the San Gabriel Mountains.
4 miles
700 feet
34.312575,
-118.253946
Switzer Falls535Switzer Falls
This out and back hike starts out above and finishes below a 50-foot tall waterfall.
4.5 miles
650 feet
34.259387,
-118.155069
Millard Falls540Millard Falls
CLOSED. This out and back hike visits a 50-foot waterfall up one of the most scenic canyons in the range.
1 mile
150 feet
34.219936,
-118.140135
Dawn Mine545Dawn Mine
CLOSED. This out and back hike leads past Millard Falls to an old gold mine.
6 miles
1,300 feet
34.228736,
-118.130178
San Gabriel Mountain550San Gabriel Peak from Mount Disappointment Road
This out and back hike reaches a peak with great views of the San Gabriels, and you can summit nearby Mount Disappointment for an extra half mile.
4 - 4.5 miles
1,400 feet
334.254549,
-118.1021
San Gabriel Peak hike553San Gabriel Peak from Mount Lowe Road
This out and back hike reaches a peak with great views of the San Gabriels, and you can summit nearby Mount Disappointment for an extra half mile.
3.2 - 3.7 miles
1,000 feet
34.239364,
-118.093303
Inspiration Point Mount Lowe Road hike557Inspiration Point & Mount Lowe Trail Camp
This out and back hike descends Mount Lowe Road into the San Gabriel Mountains to a historic scenic overlook and a trail camp built on interesting ruins.
7.25 miles
900 feet
34.239364,
-118.093303
Echo Mountain570Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail
This out and back hike visits a historic railway and ruins from a century old resort overlooking Pasadena.
5.8 miles
1,400 feet
34.203811,
-118.130507
Rubio Canyon575Rubio Canyon Trail
This out and back hike ventures into a rustic canyon to a double waterfall.
1.3 miles
350 feet
34.203038,
-118.122354
Henninger Flats hike577Henninger Flats via Mount Wilson Toll Road
This out and back hike ascends to a pine-covered landing with a trail camp, tree nursery, lookout tower, and visitor center operated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
6 - 8.7 miles
1,325 - 1,700 feet
34.191714,
-118.105506
Eaton Falls580Eaton Canyon Falls
This out and back hike up Eaton Wash reaches a narrow stretch of Eaton Canyon containing a pleasant 40-foot waterfall.
3.5 miles
375 feet
34.198642,
-118.103571
Vetter Mountain hike585Vetter Mountain
This out and back hike ascends from Charlton Flats Picnic Area to Vetter Mountain, where there are exceptional 360-degree view from the site of an old fire lookout tower.
3.8 - 4.4 miles
525 - 650 feet
34.296502,
-118.006956
Mount Hillyer588Mount Hillyer
This 6,215-foot summit can be reach from two trailheads, including the nearest starting point at Horse Flats Campground.
3 - 6.25 miles
575 - 1,000 feet
34.330998,
-118.011882
Upper Winter Creek Trail590Upper Winter Creek Trail
This 2.75-mile long trail can be used to extend Santa Anita Canyon Loop or create a loop with Lower Winter Creek Trail.
4.85 miles
1,000 feet
34.196194,
-118.02265
Hoegees Camp595Hoegees Camp
This out and back hike follows Lower Winter Creek Trail through a beautiful wooded canyon to a backcountry campground with fourteen first-come first-serve sites.
4.25 miles
700 feet

34.195515,
-118.022503
Sturtevant Falls600Sturtevant Falls
This out and back hike visits a 60-foot waterfall in a lush cottage-lined canyon.
3.25 miles
300 feet
34.195515,
-118.022503
Spruce Grive Camp605Spruce Grove Camp
This out and back hike follows the canyon above Sturtevant Falls to a backcountry campground with seven first-come first-serve sites.
8 miles
1,300 feet
34.195515,
-118.022503
Santa Anita Canyon610Santa Anita Canyon Loop
This loop visits two peaceful creeks in sylvan canyons, passing a 60-foot waterfall and plenty of beautiful wilderness.
9.5 miles
1,800 feet
34.195515,
-118.022503
Hermit Falls615Hermit Falls
This out and back hike heads down Santa Anita Canyon's babbling creek away from Sturtevant Falls toward a 30-foot waterfall.
2.6 miles
600 feet
34.195515,
-118.022503
Monrovia Falls hike630Monrovia Falls
This out and back hike in Monrovia Canyon Park follows an enchanting canyon up to the base of the 30-foot waterfall.
1.6 - 3 miles
400 - 675 feet
34.176584,
-117.989521
Winston Ridge635Winston Ridge and Winston Peak
This partial loop bags a summit and a scenic ridge in the high San Gabriel Mountains.
4.85 miles
875 feet
34.35132,
-117.934352
Mount Waterman645Mount Waterman
This out and back hike takes a gradual ascent through a pine forest to reach the round summit.
5.5 miles
1300 feet
34.337848,
-117.938712
Cooper Canyon Falls650Cooper Canyon Falls
This out and back hike leaves from Buckhorn Campground and visits a short waterfall in an enchanting glen of tall pines.
3 miles
700 feet
34.337848,
-117.938712
Fish Canyon Falls660Fish Canyon Falls
This out and back hike starts at a rock quarry with restricted access and ends up at a multi-tiered 80-foot waterfall.
4 miles
400 feet
34.156722,
-117.92507
Azusa Peak670Azusa Peak (and Glendora Peak) via Garcia Trail
This 2 2/3-mile or 4 2/3-mile hike ascends Garcia Trail to "the A" and one or two picturesque summits along Glendora Ridge Motorway.
4.66
1,800 feet
34.146861,
-117.890387
Crystal Lake680Crystal Lake
This short paved hike visits the only naturally occurring lake in the San Gabriel Mountains.
1.33 miles
150 feet
34.32087,
-117.842642
Smith Mountain685Smith Mountain
This out and back hike follows a gradual trail to a steep scramble to a 5,111 foot summit with panoramic views over the San Gabriel Mountains.
7 miles
1,800 feet
34.287381,
-117.842672
Bridge to Nowhere695Bridge to Nowhere
This adventurous out and back hike requires several river crossings to reach an out-of-place bridge with a unique history.
10 miles
900 feet
34.23696,
-117.765119
Heaton Flats700Heaton Flats Trail
This hike starts from the same trailhead as the Bridge to Nowhere and climbs toward Iron Mountain and panoramic views.
3.6 - 6 miles
1,000 - 2,000 feet
34.23696,
-117.765119
Baden-Powell710Mount Baden-Powell
This out and back hike climbs one of the tallest summits in the San Gabriel Mountains and a monument to Lord Baden-Powell, a BSA icon and the founder of the Scout Movement.
8.25 miles
2,834 feet
34.146861,
-117.890387
San Antonio Falls725San Antonio Falls
This out and back hike on a paved road visits a multi-tier waterfall below Mount Baldy.
1.4 miles
300 feet
34.27717,
-117.633805
Baldy Bowl730Baldy Bowl – Ski Hut
This out and back hike offers a steep but scenic ascent up the south side of Mt. Baldy.
9 miles
3,900 feet
34.27717,
-117.633805
Devils Backbone Trail735Devil's Backbone
This ridge-top trail between Baldy Notch and the summit of Mount Baldy is probably LA's greatest ridge hike, with incredible views over the San Gabriel Mountains and the Mojave Desert.
6.6 - 13.6 miles
2,350 feet
34.27717,
-117.633805
Mount Baldy740Mount Baldy Loop
This loop incorporates Devil's Backbone and Baldy Bowl – Ski Hit Trail to reach the highest summit in the San Gabriel Mountains.
11.3 miles
3,900 feet
34.288983,
-117.646296
Icehouse Canyon750Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle
This out and back hike travels through a picturesque canyon to a saddle with panoramic views and extended hiking opportunities.
7.2 miles
2,600 feet
34.237819,
-117.596312
Baldwin Hills Hike850Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
This up and back hike ascends a grassy slope south of Culver City, crossing a steep staircase to an expansive viewpoint overlooking the Los Angeles Basin.
2.5 miles
315 feet
34.020234,
-118.382324
Kenneth Hahn Hike855Community Trail
This hike delivers views over Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in the Baldwin Hills.
2.5 miles
75 -200 feet
34.006511,
-118.363316
LMU Trail Hike860LMU Trail
This easy hike crosses the Westchester Bluffs below the campus of Layola Marymount University.
4.7 miles
125 feet
33.982744,
-118.40128
Palos Verdes Lunada Canyon900Lunada Canyon Trail
This short trail explores an overgrown canyon between two residential ridges inland of Lunada Bay.
1 - 1.9 miles
200 - 550 feet
33.768338,
-118.410966
Palos Verdes Seascape Trail910Seascape Trail
This level family-friendly hike explores scenic coastal bluffs north of the historic Point Vicente Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Peninsula.
1.5 miles
40 feet
33.747208,
-118.411742
Palos Verdes Quarry Loop920Quarry Loop
This short loop in Forrestal Nature Reserve delivers lots of ocean views as it circles an old bowl-shaped quarry.
1.25 miles
325 feet
33.737639,
-118.347464
Deane Dana Friendship Park925Deane Dana Friendship Park
This loop circles a park with panoramic ocean views over the south end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
1.1 miles
200 feet
33.731209,
-118.319147
Palos Verdes White Point930White Point Nature Preserve
This loop on Palos Verdes Peninsula explores an open space containing a military bunker built to defend the west coast during World War II.
1 - 2.5 miles
150 feet
33.716086,
-118.315161
Catalina Island Hike970Hermit Gulch - Trans-Catalina Trail Loop
This hike circles the ridges around Avalon, offering amazing views of the interiors of Catalina Island and the ocean beyond.
11.75 miles
1,600 feet
33.335878,
-118.332396

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