Los Angeles Hikes

Abandoned

On a routine hike in the Santa Monica Mountains, I stumbled upon a site of beautiful teepees. At first impression the structure was very well constructed, almost looking like Native craftsmanship. Looking around, but seeing nobody around I approached the 6-foot high structure. It looks like the sides of the teepee were constructed with bamboo and tied together. Straw was then placed over […]

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Las Llajas Canyon in Simi Valley is a secluded canyon in the Santa Susana Mountains bordering a community estate. A trail leading from Las Llajas canyon can be taken towards the ruins and remnants of a mining operation named the Coquina Mine. The main attraction is a massive steam shovel, with huge army-style treads as […]

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Away from Los Angeles in the horse town of Norco CA., sits a huge abandoned powerhouse built in 1892. Interesting enough when you look inside of the building you will see many holes through the tin roof of the structure. This was caused by locals deciding to shoot to the ceiling with their shotguns. Vandals […]

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The hike via the Icehouse Canyon Trail to Ice House Saddle travels through one of the most riveting and beautiful inner canyons of the San Gabriel Mountains. A year-round running stream among beautiful pines, cedars and foliage begins the hike. The last half of the hike leave the stream and take on for the high ground to the saddle. Although a difficult […]

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Stough Canyon is a hike where you’re gonna get some amazing views of downtown LA. I would also compare the difficulty of this hike to that of Runyon Canyon Park, but more scenic and in nature. There are also some interesting ruins of an old boys camp half way through the hike. It’s a loop hike of about 3 miles If […]

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The year was 1969 when Charles Manson and his occultist family lived out in the hidden hills of Simi Valley. They lived on a property called Spahn Ranch and hung around the nearby Manson Family Cave. This ominous trail was hiked by the family many times before and during they committed their cult murders. Today, the unnamed […]

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Hike Description: 200-feet of tunnel runs through both sides of the mountain leading to Ybarra canyon, a canyon inside the Angeles National Forest off Big Tujunga Canyon Rd. The tunnel is at least 20 feet tall in the entrance and has a great cascading view of the trees below. The hike is easy but unmaintained, crossing over a […]

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Reportedly haunted and very dreary, the canyon next to the popular Echo Mountain hike is rarely visited. The trail, an old passage of what the water tunnel workers took back in the day is both unmaintained and disappearing throughout the years. To get to the Enchanted Forest one has to pass by the old Cobb Estate, […]

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Enjoy a mostly shaded hike, boulder and creek hoping to your delight, whilst exploring old abandoned buildings often overlooked and hidden from the more popular trails of the Murphy Ranch complex. Rustic Canyon is located in the Pacific Palisades, generally located south of the Murphy Ranch powerhouse and included in the outer boundary of Will […]

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Explore abandoned Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains. Also has some killer views of DTLA and the Pacific Ocean. Graffiti artists looking to make their own touch have come here to stray paint on the huge concrete blocks that sit on top of the peak. A short hike, but definitely one that should be on your list […]

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