Favorite SoCal Hiking Trails

There’s nothing better than an afternoon hike with the family, especially on a beautiful summer day. Yesterday my parents and I went to Griffith Park to get some exercise while enjoying the breathtaking views the park has to offer. Hiking is my favorite form of exercise because you get to be in nature and soak up some of that vitamin D. Plus, it’s the perfect activity to do with friends! Make sure to bring lots of water, because Southern California gets super hot during the day! Here are some of my favorite hikes that I suggest doing before the summer is over:

1. Runyon Canyon

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Runyon would have to be my favorite hike in LA! It’s super easy to get to and a celebrity hot spot. I always go around sunset, because the sky turns a bright pink and the city lights start to sparkle. Also makes for great silhouette photos. I use the Fuller Avenue park entrance.

2. The Hollywood Sign


Hollyridge trail is one of many in Griffith Park. It’s 3.5 miles round trip and can take you to the viewing area right behind the Hollywood Sign. The beginning of the trails starts at the top of Beachwood Drive. It’s hard to find parking, so I suggest taking an Uber there!

3. Mount Hollywood Trail, Griffith Park

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This hike offers a great view of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory. It also crosses a bridge that makes for an amazing photo opp!

4. Los Liones Trail, Topanga Canyon


If you want views of the Pacific Ocean, than this is the hike for you. The top of the trail has a bench where you can sit and admire Santa Monica Bay!

5. Escondido Falls



This rugged Malibu hike has to be one of the toughest I’ve done in SoCal so far. It’s best known for the waterfall you encounter along the way!

Happy hiking!

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