If hiking trails had a prom court election, these would all be top contenders for King and Queen. These might not be the absolute best looking hikes in the LA-area, but they are definitely the most popular. Typically for good reason – we’re a fan of each of these hikes.
1. Runyon Canyon
Address: 1854 North Fuller Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Roundtrip: 1.5 Miles, 2.5 Miles, 3.5 Miles
This is the quintessential LA hike. Almost everyone in LA has been at least once, and there are tons of locals that make a Runyon run a regular part of the fitness routine. It’s a short, quick trail that gives you a chance to get some fresh air, good views around beautiful Angelinos. It’s super easy, regardless of your age or fitness level and iIt’s not uncommon to bump into celebrities (try #runyon on instagram).
2. Baldwin Hills Stairs
Address: Hetzler Road & Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
If the typical hike gets old, make a trip out to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Outlook. This Baldwin Hills hike gives you two options: stairs or dirt road. The stairs are the most popular option; they rise straight up to the top (about 300ish feet). The top features ample area to sit, relax and enjoy beautiful views of all of LA from Santa Monica to the San Gabriel Valley.
3. Eaton Canyon
Address: 1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107
Roundtrip: 3.5 Miles
Eaton Canyon is another classic LA hiking spot. The trail’s most noteworthy feature is the waterfall pictured above. It’s about 40 feet high and fills a relatively wide pool of water that is about 2-3 feet deep. Most of the trail is flat, until you get close to the waterfall – about half a mile of inclined (and scenic) terrain until you arrive at the main attraction.
4. Hollywood Sign – Hollyridge Trail
Address: 3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Roundtrip: 3.5 Miles
The HOLLYWOOD Sign is one of LA’s most iconic symbols. One of the most popular hikes to the Hollywood Sign is the Hollyridge Trail, a 3-4 mile roundtrip trail begins at the end of Beachwood Drive. The incline is manageable making it an ideal choice if you are just trying to check out one of LA’s most recognizable signs.
5. Griffith Park
Address: Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
You could drive up to the Griffith Observatory or you could hike. Depending on where you start your hike, it could be between 2-3 miles round trip. Griffith park features beautiful, scenic views and the observatory is truly a gem. If you have friends or family visit from out of town, it is an excellent place to bring them. On some nights, astronomy experts bring out their extremely-expensive telescopes and allow visitors to look at Venus, Saturn and other planets, stars and moons.