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Top trail recommendations from locals

Scenic Lookout
“Highly recommend for first timers to LA. On a clear day you can see the entire Westside from here. Drive to the top and park for a fee $10 or park on the street for free and take the stairs for a great workout. Views include the Hollywood sign, downtown, the ocean, Sony picture studios. Enjoy!”
  • 175 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Wonderful huge State Park with amazing, long hikes and great nature!. Just a 15 min. ride through Topanga Canyon”
  • 101 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Beautiful park with many hiking trails - long and short choices. Be mindful, it is steep, so even the easier paths include hills. But WORTH it. Also, horseback riding options here too...not easy to get bookings though as they're limited in number and book rather quickly. Another great fun feature are Polo Matches....yes, you read that correctly, polo matches. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Park
“Large natural area with many picnic tables & barbecue pits, plus hiking trails & open space. There is a pond sits next to the hiking trail. It shows up very unexpectedly. Great easy hike.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Trail
“Meander down Mulholland Drive with stunning views to this hiking/look out spot. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Learn about the work of this great organization that is making sure more and more trees are planted in our urban and suburban environments. Their campus is part of a bigger hiking trail network.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cave
“In the opening sequence of the classic Batman tv series starring Adam West, the Batmobile drove out of these caves and to go fight crime.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“One of my favorite things to do is walk to the reservoir and picnic in the meadow on the lake. Stop by Botanica on the way and grab some food!”
  • 43 locals recommend
Trail
“One of LA's finest parks, for hiking, picnics and BBQs, catch superb views of surrounding LA and Downtown. Not to me missed.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Trail
“Great start for the Hollywood Sign hike! park in the Canyon Drive parking lot by the Gelsons Market in Hollywood off of Franklin. This is probably the easiest way to get to the Hollywood Sign. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Trail
“Amazing views at the very top! Moderate to Difficult hike due to narrowed pathways and about one mile hike all uphill- trust me it is definitely worth the effort. There is a super large American Flag at the top, with mountain ranges as your backdrop, and of course a 360 degree beautiful view of the valley and neighboring cities.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Trail
“Just three miles from home is the best local daily hike. Glorious views. Takes less than an hour. Plenty of free parking to trail head. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Trail
“Awesome trails, views of the Hollywood sign, hike to the back of the sign, the Observatory, The Greek Theatre, etc.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Pretty local park with historic buildings and fantastic walking paths. Beautiful neighborhood in glendale. Lots of kids areas, library, too.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Sand Dune Park is an area of public sand dunes partly on a steep slope that is used for exercise in Manhattan Beach. The area has been used by amateur and professional athletes and has been featured in fitness magazines and newspaper accounts as a great workout spot. Next to the dune is a set of 208 steps up a steep hill. There's also a playground at the bottom of the dune great for children 8 and under.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Trail
“If you're looking for a unique workout, try these outdoor steps that were made famous by the Laurel & Hardy 1932 short film "The Music Box" in which the comic duo attemped to haul a piano up an impossibly long flight of stairs. Google "Secret Stairs Silver Lake" for info and maps on these and many other secret hidden staircases all over the hills.”
  • 7 locals recommend