Views from one of the best hikes in Santa Monica in Will Rogers

Top 5 Hiking Trails in Los Angeles City Parks

I live in Los Angles and I love hiking. I can’t even fathom how many times I’ve found myself looking for hiking trails near me. But as much as I love spending time in the wild, sometimes time is a bit limited. Fortunately, the number of hiking trails in Los Angeles is countless. Some of the most gorgeous ones are actually right here around our city parks.

Here is a list of my five favorite hiking trails in or really close to LA. Or, since today I feel happy and fully of energy, a list of my five favorite running trails around me. All in city parks.

1. Inspiration Point Loop in Will Rogers State Park

EASY, Backbone Trail, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Distance: 2.2 mi – Elevation: 336 ft – Time: 1 hr

Accessible year-round, the Inspiration Point Loop in Will Rogers State Park is easily accessible if you live in Santa Monica like I do. It’s only 2.2 miles long but you get great scenic views of Santa Monica and the Los Angeles Bay, a historic Ranch House, and a wonderful polo field.

2. Runyon Canyon Trail

MODERATE, Inspiration Point Hiking Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Distance: 2.5 mi – Elevation: 689 ft – Time: 1.25 hr

Accessible year-round, the Runyon Canyon Trail is 2.5 miles long, great for celebrity sightings, and feeling “LA” especially if you bring your dog (on a leash). One of the most accessible hiking trails in Los Angeles, it features truly scenic views of the city (especially around sunset), some historic building ruins designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and multiple running trails and yoga areas.

3. Cahuenga Peak Loop

MODERATE, 3521 Wonder View Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Distance: 3.8 mi – Elevation: 1,196 ft – Time: 2 hr

Accessible year-round, the Cahuenga Peak Loop is a 3.8 mile dog-friendly (on leash) hike in Hollywood. It’s pretty iconic with a close-up view of the Hollywood Sign, a majestic lone tree overlooking the city, stony steep trails perfect for a quick workout, and great views of downtown LA, Griffith Park and Lake Hollywood.

4. Beaudry Loop

MODERATE, 1300 Beaudry Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91208
Distance: 5.8 mi – Elevation: 1,470 ft – Time: 2.5 hr

Accessible from October until June, the Beaudry Loop is 5.8 miles but passes so quickly it’ll seem way shorter. It’s dog-friendly and glorious but you need to drive to Glendale. It features truly gorgeous views of San Gabriel and an easily accessible and uncrowded trail.

5. Ernst E. Debs Regional Park Loop

EASY, 397-399 South Avenue 52, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Distance: 2.5 mi – Elevation: 555 ft – Time: 1.5 hr

Accessible from October until May, the Ernst E. Debs Regional Park Loop is 2.5 mile of pleasure. It accommodates hikers, runners, dogs, and you! It features multiple breathtaking views of Downtown LA and Pasadena, picnic grounds, and a small fishing pond – this is really at the top of my list.

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