5 Best Hikes Near Los Angeles

5 Best Hikes Near Los Angeles - Hollywood Sign

When not travelling, I have been trying to do at least one hike per week. Thankfully, Southern California and Los Angeles itself have an abundant number of amazing hikes for a scenic work out. Here is a list of my 5 best hikes near Los Angeles!

Parker Mesa Overlook via Los Liones Trail (Pacific Palisades, CA)

Parker Mesa Overlook Hike best hikes near los angeles
Parker Mesa Overlook Hike

Distance: 7 miles round trip
Time: 3 Hours
Parking: 2 free parking lots and lots of street parking spots by Los Lioness trail head, come early as the spots fill up!

Sandstone Peak Hike (Malibu, CA)

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Sandstone Peak Hike
Sandstone Peak hike best hikes near los angeles
Sandstone Peak Hike

Distance: 3.2 miles round trip
Time: 1.5 Hours
Parking: 1 free parking lot and lots of street parking spots, come early as the spots fill up!

Mount Baldy (Mount San Antonio)

Mount Baldy Mount San Antonio Hike best hikes near los angeles
Mount Baldy Mount San Antonio Hike
Mount Baldy Mount San Antonio Hike
Mount Baldy Mount San Antonio Hike
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Mount Baldy Mount San Antonio Hike

Long Hike – start at Ski Lifts parking lot

Distance: 10 miles round trip
Time: 6-7 Hours
Parking: 1 free parking by ski lifts, street parking restricted

Short Hike – Take the ski lifts to Top of the Notch

Distance: 5.5 miles round trip
Time: 2.5 Hours
Parking: 1 free parking by ski lifts, street parking restricted

Hollywood Sign Hike (Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA)

5 Best Hikes Near Los Angeles - Hollywood Sign
5 Best Hikes Near Los Angeles – Hollywood Sign

Distance: 6.5 miles round trip
Time: 2.5 Hours
Parking: Park By Griffith Observatory, go all the way up first as people come and go.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

Hikes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Hikes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Hikes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Hikes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Distance: varies, you can get away with a <.5mi walk or wonder around the state reserve for 2-3mi
Time: 1-2 Hour
Parking: free street parking

Bonus – if you venture over to San Diego La Jolla area:

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (La Jolla, CA)

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve hike best hikes near los angeles
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve hike
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve hike best hikes near los angeles
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve hike

Distance: varies, you can get away with a 1.5mi roundtrip or wonder around the state reserve for 6-7mi
Time: 1-3 Hours
Parking: parking near or in the State Reserve is $20 dollars, so either (a) come early and enjoy free parking along the highway or (b) prepare to pony up and get a lot of dirty looks from hikers who (see a) came early and treat the road as their pathway.

Let me know if you venture on one of these hikes!

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5 Best Hikes Near Los Angeles
5 Best Hikes Near Los Angeles
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