The Best LA Hikes

Hiking isn't what comes to mind when you think of LA, but there are actually some pretty awesome 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.  There are also some big mountain hikes within an hour of downtown LA.

Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
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
Bridge to Nowhere Hike10.5ModerateLa Verne1870Y
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
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
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

All Guides

Dawn Mine Trail HikeDawn Mine Trail Hike
6 miles - Moderate
Mt Hillyer Trail HikeMt Hillyer Trail Hike
6.5 miles - Moderate
Temescal Canyon HikeTemescal Canyon Hike
3.2 miles - Moderate
Hike The Etiwanda Falls TrailHike the Etiwanda Falls Trail
3.5 miles - Moderate
Switzer Falls HikeSwitzer Falls Hike
4 miles - Moderate
Strawberry Peak HikeStrawberry Peak Hike
7.2 miles - Moderate
Deep Creek Hot Springs HikeDeep Creek Hot Springs Hike
5.6 miles - Moderate
Mt Wilson Trail HikeMt Wilson Trail Hike
14.5 miles - Hard
Marshall Canyon TrailMarshall Canyon Trail
10.5 miles - Moderate
Bridge To NowhereBridge to Nowhere Hike
10.5 miles - Moderate
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
Kenneth Hahn Park HikeKenneth Hahn Park Hike
2.4 miles - Easy
Runyon Canyon Hike trailsRunyon Canyon Hike Guide
3.5 miles - Moderate