With widespread panic at the news of Runyon Canyon shutting down this spring, there comes new opportunities to try out different hiking trails across the LA basin. With a little commute, there are dozens (millions, even) of hidden paths to be hiked.
Here’s our Top 3:
1) Los Leones (Pacific Palisades)
Los Leones Trail weaves through a canyon just a mile inland of the Pacific Ocean. The ocean is visible from just about the whole foliage-lined hike! After 1.3 miles and 550 feet of elevation gain, the trail arrives at a ridge-top clearing that looks down on the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, and the ocean. On clear days, you can even see all the way to Downtown and Catalina! At the top, sits an iconic wooden bench where you can relax and gaze out over West LA. Those wanting to continue the hike can continue up the fire road to Park Mesa Overlook in Topanga State Park (another 2 miles). Otherwise, head back down to complete this 2.6 out and back trail.
Distance 2.6 miles
Time 1-2 hours
Dog Friendly? No
2) Chesebro Canyon (Agoura Hills)
Cheseboro Canyon is very popular with both hikers and bikers. It traverses rolling grasslands covered with beautiful oak and sycamore trees. It’s a relatively easy hike, with modest elevation gains, and a good shady fire road to walk on most of the way. Depending on which hike you take, there are multiple mileage options ranging from 1.3 to 11. We recommend the Canyon View Trail for beginners!
Distance 10.5 miles, for the full loop. You can create separate loops of 1.3, 2.8, and 7 miles, depending on how long you want to hike
Time 4 hours, or 1, 1, and 3 hours, respectively
Dog Friendly? Yes!
Directions 5792 Chesebro Road, Agoura, CA 91301
3) Fryman Canyon (Studio City)
What to go for a hike but don’t have time to leave Los Angeles? Fryman Canyon may be the perfect place to get your hiking fix. The 2.5-mile loop on Betty B. Dearing Trail passes through Wilacre Park in Lower Fryman Canyon and Coldwater Canyon Park. The loop covers a variety of surfaces, from dirt roads to residential streets, which creates an accessible urban hike that allows you to escape the city for a while.
Distance 2.5 miles
Time 1-1.5 hours
Dog Friendly? Yes!
Directions 3453 Fryman Road, Studio City, CA 91604