The first real week of sunshine in Los Angeles has us longing get outside. Rooftop bars and beachside patios abound in the city of angels, but, surprisingly to some, so do hiking trails. These hidden gems give us Angelenos a way to get away from traffic and breathe in the fresh (or at least moderately rated) air. Here’s a few selfie worthy hiking spots for sunnier days - crash tested by Claire, our Business Development Manager.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Culver City - Spring has sprung and that means summer is soon to follow. This is where you go to get your booty bikini ready. There’s 282 steps you have to the top of this hike and they’re definitely worth it. Once your gluten stop burning you’ll have a panoramic view of DTLA, entire Los Angeles Basin, the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains.
Abalone Cove and Wayfarers Chapel, Palos Verdes - The South Bay has a hidden hiking goldmine in the hills of PV. Here you can find hikes of all difficulties and varieties where, surprise surprise, stunning views of the ocean abound. The trailheads around Abalone Cove lead to Wayfarer’s Chapel, one of the most unique LA landmarks I’ve ever seen. The OC fan in all of us will recognize it as the site of Julie and Caleb’s wedding. Oh, and it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, NBD.
Solstice Canyon, Malibu - This trail has EVERYTHING: historical landmarks, steep inclines, scenic canyons and gorgeous views of the ocean. You’ll really feel like you’re on top of the world. This hike is a bit more grueling so bring water and a snack for the road or (personal fave) work up an appetite and stop by Malibu Farm for lunch on the way back.
Will Rogers State Park, Santa Monica Mountains - There’s a reason Veuv Clicquot throws a polo rager here every year: it’s a stunning park, with consistently beautiful weather, in the perfect location for West Side adventurers. You can come here on any day of the week and find all walks of life picnicking, hiking and horse back riding.
Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park - What would a hiking list be without this mainstay? You can do all the things at Griffith Park but my ultimate fave always includes a visit to the observatory. You can also hike out to the Greek Theater and the Hollywood sign. Pro tip: head up to the park at night for legit views of the cityscape.
Mt. Baldy, San Gabriel Mountains - This hike is hard AF and no I’ve never done it. Let’s say it’s more of an aspirational hike. If you’ve got around 7 hours to spend, iron lungs and the urge to go where Instagram doesn’t work, this hike is for you. Hiking to the top will take you 10,000 feet to the highest point in LA. You’ll earn that cocktail after.
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