Lisa D. on Verdugo Crest Trail
This is delightful for folks who like to combine hiking and running. The first 40 min or so are the steepest, then it evens out a bit and you can combine hiking and light running up to the highest point, at which you'll hit an intersection with "brand motorway" and that'll take you back down to the bottom, with a perfect amount of downhill grade for effortless running (flatter than the way up).
Pretty sure I didn't walk for 5.8 miles and it seems that it's two separate loops that combines to form that but I'm still unsure how that was supposed to work!
Anyways, I did make it to the waterfall which was decent compared to some others I've seen, but that's LA for you. The hike was relatively easy - definitely recommend going up the train at the very beginning instead of walking up the road. There's plenty of shade, which is why I chose to do this trail instead of some others.