The Best LA Hikes

Hiking isn't what comes to mind when you think of LA, but there are many incredible LA hikes. You have city trails and parks like Runyon Canyon, nestled in the middle of Hollywood. There's also the iconic hike to the Hollywood Sign.  And within an hour of downtown LA, you'll find many mountain hikes that are among the best in the world.

Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
Cactus to Clouds Hike21Very HardPalm Springs10800Y
Bridge to Nowhere Hike10ModerateLa Verne1250Y
Hike Apache Peak (CA) on the Spilter Peak Trail11HardMountain Center2680Y
Register Ridge to Mount Hardwood & Baldy8HardMt Baldy4100Y
Momyer Creek Trail to Dobbs Cabin12HardForest Falls3150Y
Middle Fork Trail (Lytle Creek)12HardLytle Creek3850Y
Baldy Bowl Trail (Ski Hut Trail) to Mt Baldy8.8HardMt Baldy3900Y
Stone Canyon Trail to Mt Lukens Loop14HardTujunga3350Y
Hike the Suicide Rock Trail (Idyllwild)7ModerateIdyllwild-Pine Cove1830N
Hike Brown Mountain Dam (Arroyo Seco)7.4EasyAltadena640Y
Condor Peak Trail15.2HardTujunga4100Y
Hike Wright Mountain From Inspiration Point14HardValyermo2600Y
Solstice Canyon Hike3.2ModerateMalibu700Y
Hike Sandstone Peak on the Mishe Mokwa Trail7.2ModerateMalibu1760Y
Escondido Falls Hike3.7EasyMalbiu600Y
Hike Malibu Creek Rock Pool + MASH Site5EasyCalabasas400N
Hike Mugu Peak Trail3ModerateMalibu1270N
Slide Mountain Lookout Hike10.8HardCastaic2620Y
How to Hike To Eaton Canyon Falls4EasyPasadena500Y
Big Dalton Canyon Trail + Coulter Pine Trail2.2EasyGlendora200Y
Hoyt Mountain Hike3.9ModerateTujunga1430Y
Palm Springs Tram Hike to San Jacinto Peak11HardPalm Springs2620N
Throop Peak + Mount Burnham + Baden-Powell From Dawson Saddle9ModerateParadise Springs2700Y
Big Bear Wild Burro Territory Hike12.5HardBig Bear2200Y
Hike Grays Peak Trail (Big Bear)7.2ModerateFawnskin1300Y
Hike Josephine Peak From Colby Canyon8.4ModerateTujunga2300Y
Sunset Peak Trail Hike (Angeles National Forest)7.5ModerateMt Baldy1300Y
Echo Mountain Hike on the Sam Merrill Trail5.6HardAltadena1460Y
Hike Pacifico Mountain on the PCT13.5ModeratePalmdale2350Y
Hike the Teepee Trail (La Cañada Flintridge)5.4ModerateLa Cañada Flintridge1100Y
Hike Jones Peak on the Bailey Canyon Trail6.5HardSierra Madre2200Y
Stoddard Peak Hike6ModerateMt Baldy1200Y
South Fork Trail to San Gorgonio Mountain19.5HardAngelus Oaks4700Y
Fish Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Mountain20.5HardAngelus Oaks3700Y
San Gorgonio Hike on the Vivian Creek Trail18Very HardForest Falls5470Y
Hike Keller Peak on the Exploration Trail12.5ModerateBig Bear2200Y
Sugarloaf Mountain Trail Guide - Big Bear12HardBig Bear3360Y
Hike the Castle Rock Trail (Big Bear) + Bluff Lake1.6ModerateBig Bear Lake570Y
Pineknot Trail to Grand View Point (Big Bear)7.5ModerateBig Bear Lake1200Y
Hike Mt San Jacinto Peak on the Deer Springs Trail19Very HardIdyllwild5400N
Trans Catalina Trail (TCT) Hike Guide38.5Hard Avalon7900Y
Hike the Mt Rubidoux Trail (Riverside)3ModerateRiverside560Y
Cougar Crest Trail to Bertha Peak Hike Guide8ModerateBig Bear1450Y
Big Bear Aspen Grove Trail Hike4.8ModerateAngelus Oaks770Y
Terri Peak Hike at Lake Perris5ModeratePerris1100N
Dawn Mine Trail Hike6ModerateAltadena1900Y
Mt Hillyer Trail Hike6.5ModerateChilao Campground1240Y
Mount Pinos Trail and Sawmill Mountain Hike Guide8ModerateFrazier Park1600Y
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
Black Mountain Trail to the Fire Lookout (Idyllwild, CA)8HardBanning2820Y
Vital Link Trail to Verdugo Peak Hike6HardBurbank1920Y
Millard Canyon Falls Hike2.8EasyAltadena560Y
Temescal Canyon Hike3.2ModeratePacific Palisades920N
Potato Mountain Hike (Angeles National Forest)4.5ModerateClaremont1270Y
Hike the Etiwanda Falls Trail3.5ModerateRancho Cucamonga790N
Lake Hollywood Reservoir Hike3.5EasyLos Angeles150N
Wisdom Tree Hike (+ Cahuenga Peak and Hollywood Sign)1.8ModerateLos Angeles740Y
Hike Mt Islip From Crystal Lake10.5HardAzuza2800Y
Gabrielino Trail (NRT) Guide28.8HardArcadia6500Y
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail Hike5.2EasyIdyllwild740Y
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
Switzer Falls Hike4ModerateAltadena690Y
Strawberry Peak Hike7.2ModerateAzusa1720Y
Deep Creek Hot Springs Hike5.6ModerateLake Arrowhead1500Y
Lake Arrowhead Pinnacles Trail Hike4ModerateHesperia1000Y
Mt Wilson Trail Hike14.5HardSierra Madre5640N
Devil's Chair Hike (Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area)7.5ModeratePearblossom1850Y
Marshall Canyon Trail10.5ModerateLa Verne1310Y
Big Horn Mine Trail Hike4EasyValyermo840Y
Hike Mt Lukens From Deukmejian Wilderness Park10HardLa Crescenta2800Y
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hike To Mt San Jacinto11HardPalm Springs2620N
Hiking on Catalina Island to Parsons Landing Campsite15.2EasyAvalon1320N
Hike the Pumpkin Rock Trail1.2EasyNorco370Y
Hike Mt Baldy on the Bear Canyon Trail13Very HardMt Baldy5650Y
Hike the Three T's Trail16HardMt Baldy5110Y
San Bernardino Peak Hike16HardAngelus Oaks4670Y
Hike Ontario Peak and Bighorn Peak14.7HardMt Baldy4240Y
Cucamonga Peak Hike12HardMt Baldy4100Y
Mt Wilson Hike From Chantry Flat14.5HardSierra Madre4600Y
Mt Baldy Hike11HardMt Baldy3990Y
Mount Baden-Powell Hike8.3HardVincent Gap2800Y
Kenneth Hahn Park Hike2.4EasyLos Angeles305Y
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike2.3ModerateLos Angeles330N
Runyon Canyon Hike Guide3.5ModerateLos Angeles900Y
The Easy Hollywood Sign Hike6ModerateLos Angeles1100Y

Runyon Canyon Hike trails

Best LA Hikes

  1. Hollywood Sign Hike
  2. Runyon Canyon
  3. Mt Baldy
  4. Echo Mountain
  5. Mt Wilson

Best LA Hikes For Families

  1. Baldwin Hills
  2. Kenneth Hahn
  3. Switzer Falls
  4. Runyon Canyon
  5. Hollywood Sign Hike

Best LA Hikes For Beginners

  1. Kenneth Hahn
  2. Hollywood Sign Hike
  3. Runyon Canyon
  4. Switzer Falls
  5. Echo Mountain

Best LA Hikes With Dogs

  1. Runyon Canyon
  2. Echo Mountain
  3. Hollywood Sign Hike
  4. Kenneth Hahn
  5. Switzer Falls