The Best Places for a Hike or Walk | Out & About

LA may not be known for walking, but we certainly know how to hike. In fact, it’s our second favorite form of exercise after our Equinox membership, of course. If you haven’t hiked Runyon Canyon for a cardio session up the hill, can you even call yourself an Angeleno? We’ve rounded up the best places to hike in LA, courtesy of Conde Nast. So put on your best athleisure attire and enjoy the fall weather.

Runyon Canyon Park

It’s no surprise that Runyon Canyon tops the list of where to hike. This mountain trail, which is the highest point in LA County, is perfect for the SoCal hiker who wants to challenge themselves.

El Matador State Beach

For a steep hike down to an iconic beach, head to El Matador State Beach. It’s been the backdrop for scenes in The Notebook and Grease and is a photographer’s dream with its stunning arches, wild rock formations, and epic sunsets.


A lesser-known alternative to the popular Runyon Canyon trail, TreePeople is an easy walk with gorgeous views of the Valley. You might even spot a celeb or two along the way.

The Huntington

The impeccably manicured gardens at The Huntington are home to over 15,000 different plant species. It’s a true feast for the senses. Don’t forget to stop for tea at the Rose Garden Tea room.

Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park & Nature Center

At the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, Eaton Canyon is a 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve with miles of trails, a forty-foot waterfall, and a serene, locals-only feel.

Escondido Falls

This mellow Malibu hike through chaparral and ancient oaks leads to a lovely waterfall. Budget a few hours for an easy and scenic 4-mile walk.

Bridge To Nowhere

For spectacular sightseeing and adventuring right in Pasadena’s backyard, take the 10-mile hike across rivers and canyons to the Bridge To Nowhere. Adrenaline junkies can even go with an outfitter for bungee jumping off the abandoned bridge at the summit.

Griffith Observatory

A classic LA hike to an iconic observatory, Griffith Observatory is loved by locals and tourists alike. You’ll see lots of families, dogs, and people going to check out the caves and canyons.

Bronson Canyon

For one of the more iconic walks in LA, hike to the Hollywood sign via Bronson Canyon. It’s a gradual 6.5 miles of moderate, dog-friendly trails with a couple of fun detours and a photogenic payoff.