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Best trails in Los Angeles

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Looking for a great trail near Los Angeles, California? AllTrails has 133 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Topanga State Park or Malibu Creek State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park or Runyon Canyon Park. Ready for some activity? There are 84 moderate trails in Los Angeles ranging from 1.1 to 11.8 miles and from 331 to 2,772 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Los Angeles
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#1 - Hollyridge Trail to Hollywood Sign Viewpoint
Griffith Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
NOTE: As per the city recommendations, this route directs hikers to Canyon Drive, 2 blocks east of Beachwood off of Franklin, or to Griffith Observatory. Canyon Drive has a parking lot, sidewalks, trash cans, and facilities for visitors. The Beachwood Gate which was previously used to access the Hollyridge Trail was permanently closed on April 18th, 2017 due to a court order. Be aware of the heat as there is little no no shade on this trail. Hike early or late in the day if possible and bring lots of water.Show more
#2 - Hollywood Sign via Canyon Drive
Griffith Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Visitors should use the Brush Canyon Trail from Canyon Drive, two blocks to the east of Beachwood Drive off Franklin, or Griffith Observatory. Canyon has a parking lot, sidewalks, trash cans, and facilities for visitors. Parking is limited and fills up quickly at Griffith Park so using the DASH Observatory shuttle is recommended. This shuttle runs every 15 to 20 minutes between 10 AM to 10 PM and is wheelchair accessible. Due to multiple portions of the trail having a steep grade above 12%, this trail is not considered wheelchair or stroller friendly, although it may be for some users. This is a great hike if you are visiting or new in town with excellent views of the Hollywood sign. At the top is a 360 degree view behind the famous sign. Show more
#3 - Glendale Peak Trail
Griffith Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Northeast side of Commonwealth Canyon Drive. Golf course will be to the west. Dirt trailhead is just north of Vista del Valle Drive. To get to the lookout, take a right onto the dirt trail.Show more
#4 - Ferndell to the West Observatory Loop Trail to Griffith Observatory
Griffith Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Ferndell (aka Fern Dell) is a woodsy glen at the lower end of Western Canyon in Griffith Park. Your destination is the historic Griffith Observatory.Show more
#5 - Mount Hollywood Trail
Griffith Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
On a clear day you can see all of Los Angeles. Get there before 8am and you can park at the Observatory for free. Be aware of the heat as there is little shade on this hike. Hike early or late in the day if possible and bring lots of water. Excellent views and dogs are allowed.Show more
#6 - Mandeville Canyon Trail
Sullivan Canyon Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
Great views of the coastline and the greater area of Los AngelesShow more
#7 - Riverside Trail to Vista Viewpoint
Griffith Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
#8 - Bronson Caves
Griffith Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 18 m
Bronson Canyon, or Bronson Caves, is a section of Griffith Park in Los Angeles that has become famous as a filming location, especially known for the "bat cave" scenes in the Batman TV series of the 1960s. It's an easy, off-leash, kid friendly hike with much more strenuous extensions available. In 1903, the Union Rock Company founded a quarry, originally named Brush Canyon, for excavation of crushed rock used in the construction of city streets. The quarry ceased operation in the late 1920s, leaving the caves behind. The caves became known as the Bronson Caves after a nearby street, giving the area its more popular name of Bronson Canyon (the same street indirectly provided the stage name for actor Charles Bronson, who chose the name of the Bronson Gate at Hollywood's Paramount Studios, which in turn derived its name from Bronson Street). The hike itself is really more of a walk up to the caves/tunnels; however, three blazed trails abound from the cavern site. None are marked, but they are easily recognizable from the cavern site: 1. Connect into the Brush Canyon trail (heading North) following a parallel path with Canyon Drive (NOTE: Steep and dangerous grade) 2. Connect to Hollywood and/or Western Canyon roads via a 1 1/4 mile route called the Griffitite Serpentine (NOTE: Steep and dangerous grade) 3. Continue south on trail from canyon to an area known for it's quartzite beach pebbles (a favorite for kids)Show more
#9 - Elysian Park West Loop Trail
Elysian Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
#10 - Griffith Park Hollywood Sign Trail
Griffith Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
This trail begins at the Griffith Park Visitor Center and heads up a gravel fire road and follows a wide single track that climb and drop down a number of steep ridges. The trail intersects and follows an asphalt road that leads to the very top of Griffith Park, right above the Hollywood sign. Be aware of hot weather as there is little to no shade on this hike. Bring water, and hike early or late in the day, if possible. The views are worth it!Show more
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