Explore the most popular city walk trails near Los Angeles with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

In June 2013 (after two years of renovation), Echo Park reopened! And as you stroll around the lake, you may notice the original water lilies have returned, too! To help with the whole experience, boats rides are available accompanied by great views of the city! Venture off into the neighborhood to the east and you can find Carroll Ave... and it's beautiful Victorian homes.

20 days ago

It's a nice place to go for a walk , not much of a hike, during summer is really nice as they have activities for kids and Yoga.. they have a lake in the middle where you can ride some small paddle boats ( they are shaped as a goose).

They have a small Cafe and can buy some snack and even some lunch.

The only thing I don't like is there is a lot of goose poop a lot, you just have a watch where you walk..
Other then that I recommend to come and visit

Nice long trail, would rate this one as moderate not hard. The parking is free unless you pass the stop sign (be sure to fully stop or you’ll get ticketed) and it’s a brief uphill walk to the trailhead. The initial portion is fairly easy with some incline. The trail the takes you down through a Topanga Canyon neighborhood (just a few houses) which is interesting (saw an abandoned car on the trail). Once you get through the neighborhood, the incline begins on a fire road and is steady for about a mile and a half. You can then continue on for just a bit to relax/detour at Eagle Rock at the top. From there we took the descent into Garapito trail which is further down in the canyon and mostly covered. It’s a single track and well maintained. Our group got stung by wasps which hurt like a mother, must’ve hit a nest or something. Watch for poison oak, we passed it a few places on the Garapito. The trail will dump you out into a fire road where you then continue on an incline up towards the parking lot. I drank about 2 liters. Part of the trail is exposed so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen. Took us about 4.5 hours with a 15 min break and clocked in a little over 9 miles. Great views, long hike but fun!

Creds- Have AllTrails Pro so know on correct path, mileage and time at any point (GPS excellent).

Free designated parking at trailhead.

Started at 11:am since temps now cooler (less than 80F). Went counter clockwise. Trail starts to go into canyon with 2 miles, so don’t be fooled by Trail names such as ‘road’ on map. ~85% on trails (not fire roads or neighborhoods). The neighborhood walk portion was less than 1 mi and was a house here and there-few houses are really away from civilization.

There was one slightly steep section going down, but walkable. Uphill on way back not significant- recommend going counter clockwise. Breeze entire route. Lots of shaded areas but definitely need hat and 2 liters of water.

Entire trail great condition. Never had to sit / use hands going down or up. Never had to duck under trees. Lots of views. Lots of dead/ dried out flora- from drought? Fauna - family of quails, lizards, 1 small garden snake. Saw ~8 hikers.

Great hike!

A good workout. Some nice views, but a large portion of the hike is in the canyons and among the brush with no vistas. The last few miles are punishing in the summer heat—seemingly airless ravines followed by an uphill march up a roasting hot fire road. Bring a lot of water and a wide brimmed hat.

It was good. Not dirty, kiiiiinda pretty. Great for beginners! I'm glad it's close to my house! :)

Really nice trail for me and my dogs. Wide open path not to crowded.

4 months ago

Not so much a hike as a walk in the park. Beautiful in July, with all the lotuses blooming on the lake. Very popular and friendly, and interesting history in the area.

It’s a great alternative to staying on the exposed fire roads though still somewhat exposed but it feels like you’re so far away from everything. And you get some nice singletrack and a bit of fireroads, small section through a neighborhood in Topanga but lots of fun.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Came here with a friend and it was the coolest hike I’ve done In a while!

Now I can say I've climbed Mt Washington!

Nice neighborhood walk to the top of LA's Mt Washington, though you need to dodge cars -- there are no sidewalks on some streets. But at the top, you can meditate at the Self Realization Fellowship as you take in the views.

This was a nice little trek with very light traffic even on a warm Saturday. Crane Canyon doesn't offer much shade so be ready for that if you're out on a sunny day. The Topanga neighborhood tour is really cool - it's the exact kind of unique vibe you'd expect. Ascending out of the neighborhood and back to the ridge line was the hardest part for us, the grade is very steep at points and I was carrying a 15-month old on my back. Once you're back up top you're treated to views of the Pacific and then descend into a long stretch of twists and turns in Garapito Canyon. This is shaded almost the entire way with lots of growth and overhanging branches so be prepared to do some 'duck under' lunges. We only saw one other couple within Garapito which is pretty amazing considering the millions that live within a close perimeter - it was a great little taste of solitude. We moved at an overall steady pace with a lunch break and a couple other quick stops and knocked this one out in about 4 hours.

One of the better hikes in LA area. Well kept paths, good amount of shade, and ample distance. I wouldn't necessarily say it's difficult, rather a long moderate.

trail running
Sunday, November 26, 2017

This is more of a jogging trail.

The coolest thing about this trail.......BUNNIES! I do this run at daybreak and have counted up to 51 bunnies!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Great hike if you're looking for something off the beaten trail. Crane Canyon is incredible and isolated from everything. The hike gives you 20 minutes inside a Topanga neighborhood which is really interesting. The ridge views after are incredible!!

...and then Garapito which is well documented.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nice easy hike for beginners or with kids. Partly shaded which is welcome on hot sunny days. Good training hike option for seniors.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nothing much to look at. Kinda boring.

Less of a trail and more walking around USC

Friday, December 25, 2015

Great local hike. Mostly through residential area on sidewalks.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Boring, flat but convenient with plenty of shades.

Great workout !! Mostly hiking.

Friday, October 18, 2013

This trail is long, straight, flat, and wide. It is therefore ideal for cross country/track work out, 5K runs, and bicycles. It is also good for walking and jogging with or without animals and children. However, there is no way to loop back across the river west of Balboa Boulevard. Bicyclists can connect from the starting point to the Orange Bus Line biking trail which connects the East from the west San Fernando Valley.

2 months ago

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