LA Mountain Hikes

LA is not usually thought of as a mountain hiking city, but some of the best LA hikes are in the high mountains, all within an hour or so of downtown. In fact, some of these peaks are only a few thousand feet lower than Mt Whitney. Check out these great LA mountain hikes.

Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
Cougar Crest Trail to Bertha Peak Hike Guide8ModerateBig Bear1450Y
Big Bear Aspen Grove Trail Hike4.8ModerateAngelus Oaks770Y
Mt Hillyer Trail Hike6.5ModerateChilao Campground1240Y
Mt Zion Loop Hike From Chantry Flat9HardArcadia2740Y
Mt Hawkins Loop Hike (Hawkins, Middle, and South Mount Hawkins)13HardIrwindale3750Y
Dry Lake (San Gorgonio) From The South Fork Trail11.5HardAngelus Oaks2330Y
Vital Link Trail to Verdugo Peak Hike6HardBurbank1920Y
Potato Mountain Hike (Angeles National Forest)4.5ModerateClaremont1270Y
Hike Mt Islip From Crystal Lake10.5HardAzuza2800Y
Gabrielino Trail (NRT) Guide28.8HardArcadia6500Y
Hike San Bernardino East Peak From Forsee Creek Trail18HardAngelus Oaks4600Y
Hike Mt Waterman & Twin Peaks11.5HardPearblossom3700Y
Tahquitz Peak via Devil’s Slide Trail Hike8.5HardIdyllwild2350Y
Strawberry Peak Hike7.2ModerateAzusa1720Y
Mt Wilson Trail Hike14.5HardSierra Madre5640N
Hike Mt Lukens From Deukmejian Wilderness Park10HardLa Crescenta2800Y
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hike To Mt San Jacinto11HardPalm Springs2620N
Hike Indian Truck Trail to Santiago Peak21HardCorona4910Y
Cactus to Clouds Hike21Very HardPalm Springs10800N
Hike Mt Baldy on the Bear Canyon Trail13Very HardMt Baldy5650Y
Hike the Three T’s Trail16HardMt Baldy5110Y
Echo Mountain Hike on the Sam Merrill Trail5.4HardAltadena1730Y
San Gorgonio Hike18.5Very HardForest Falls5470Y
San Bernardino Peak Hike16HardAngelus Oaks4670Y
Hike Mount San Jacinto From Idyllwild19.5HardIdyllwild5480N
Hike Ontario Peak and Bighorn Peak14.7HardMt Baldy4240Y
Cucamonga Peak Hike12HardMt Baldy4200Y
Mt Wilson Hike From Chantry Flat14.5HardSierra Madre4600Y
Mt Baldy Hike11HardMt Baldy3990Y
Mount Baden-Powell Hike8.3HardVincent Gap2800Y

LA Mountain Hiking Tips

Popular Hikes

  1. Mt Baldy
  2. Cucamonga Peak
  3. Mt Baden Powell
  4. San Bernardino Peak
  5. San Gorgonio
  6. San Jacinto
  7. Mt Wilson

Family Hikes

  1. Potato Mountain
  2. Echo Mountain
  3. Cougar Crest

All Guides

Mt Hillyer Trail HikeMt Hillyer Trail Hike
6.5 miles - Moderate
Strawberry Peak HikeStrawberry Peak Hike
7.2 miles - Moderate
Mt Wilson Trail HikeMt Wilson Trail Hike
14.5 miles - Hard
cactus to clouds hikeCactus to Clouds Hike
21 miles - Very Hard
hike san gogonio viewsSan Gorgonio Hike
18.5 miles - Very Hard
Cucamonga Peak Hike summitCucamonga Peak Hike
12 miles - Hard
mt baldy hikeMt Baldy Hike
11 miles - Hard
Mount Baden-Powell HikeMount Baden-Powell Hike
8.3 miles - Hard