Although Los Angeles isn’t known for its nature, there are a few cool hiking spots around the county. I’m from NorCal, so I’m used to amazing hiking, and these are some of the best hikes I’ve found in the area. As with any hike, remember to bring snacks and lots of water to keep you fueled and hydrated. These are the hikes I deem most Instagrammable:
The Hollywood Sign:
Distance: 8.7 miles roundtrip
This one is all over Instagram. You can get lots of different views from Griffith Park, but you can also hike behind the sign which yields views of the Hollywood Hills and DTLA (pictured above). Be prepared: this hike is very uphill and you’ll be hiking in the direct sunlight, so be sure to bring sun protection and lots of water.
Distance: 1.6-3.5 miles roundtrip
This is another of the most popular hikes in LA. Runyon Canyon takes you high up in the hills for panoramic views of the city. You have many distance options, from a quick 1.6-mile loop to a longer 3.5-mile loop. But watch out for fitness bloggers stopped in the middle of the trail to get the perfect #sponsored Insta post.
Parker Mesa Overlook Trail:
Distance: 7.3 miles roundtrip
Starting on the Los Liones trail, hike up to the Parker Mesa Overlook for stunning views of the Santa Monica coast. The Santa Monica Mountains are one of the most beautiful hiking areas in LA, so I would definitely recommend checking them out. This hike should take about 4 hours.
Malibu Creek Rock Pool:
Distance: 3.0 miles roundtrip
Hidden in Malibu Creek State Park, this small pool surrounded by rocks is the perfect place to hike to on a hot day. Wear your bathing suit under your hiking clothes and take a dip in the cool water at the end of your hike. This hike only takes about an hour round trip, so I would suggest this one if you’re looking for an easier, quicker hike that is still beautiful.
Distance: 3.8 miles roundtrip
Another Malibu hike, this one takes you to a 150-foot tall waterfall. The rocks behind the falls are covered in green moss, and the water flows into a pool at the bottom. Go after recent rain to experience the falls at its fullest. Plus now that it’s spring, you’ll get to see the blooming wildflowers along the trail.
Enjoy going out in nature and exploring LA. If you post a picture at one of these spots, be sure to hashtag #belyvly so we can see your pictures! Do it for the ‘gram.
Photos taken by Anna Simon