Los Angeles Hikes

Santa Monica Mountains

In the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains Red Rock Canyon State park sticks out like a gem with the red tinted rocks and geological features of the park. The hidden red rock arch (above) can be found by exploring the many trails which split off from the main fire road. Take the fire road […]

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Elmsmere Canyon Falls, a seasonal So-cal waterfall can only be found after plentiful rains. If you end up looking for these falls as late as March, you may find a trickle over the rock wall. It won’t be as impressive as the photos below, so I urge you to check these out soon after this […]

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Deep in the Santa Monica Mountains the grotto is a fun but short hike to an amazing boulder-filled canyon where an elliptical cave sits. A stream in these mountains called the west-fork of the Arroyo Sequit filters into the grotto creating a shrine-like pool of water at The Grotto’s entrance. A short 3 mile hike […]

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Synopsis: Deep in the mountain high tops of Beverly Hills sits Franklin Canyon Park, which contains comfortable shaded trails and great reservoir views. A very easy and kid friendly hike which may include duck and turtle watching at one of the reservoir shores. A 1.4 mile loop can be made from the trails of the park to […]

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Synopsis: When I heard of a hike located in the heart of Sherman Oaks, I was skeptical. A hike in a highly urban environment? Seems unlikely. But little Dixie Canyon is a small canyon near Fryman Canyon which offers a bit of an escape from the feeling of congested LA. This very short hike offers […]

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Synopsis: The Malibu Creek Rock Pools are created by a runoff and collection of water heading downstream from the Century Dam areas. The water nestled at the grotto pools is beforehand filtered through the many layers of rock grottos and mini-waterfalls, making it generally safe stagnant water to swim in. During the spring the water from early-year […]

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Synopsis: A very easy hike In Griffith Park will lead you the Bronson Caves, famously known for this cave’s role in the 1960’s Batman TV series. A man-made cave that has a large front opening and exits in two split sections. This total .66 mile hike within Bronson Canyon is an out-and-back hike that may […]

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Newton Canyon in Malibu is a canyon in between Kanan Dume Rd. and the Zuma Ridge Mtwy. This not-so-often traveled canyon is part of the Backbone Trail, which is in total a 67-mile trail that runs across the “backbone” of the Santa Monica Mountains. This mostly shaded hike and fern-covered trails lead to some nice stretches of […]

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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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The edge of Point Dume is a beautiful piece of land protected by the natural preserve and is the southern most tip of Malibu. The views allow sight of the stretching Pacific Coast Highway and miles of some of the best beach coastline around Malibu. The trails are many and interwoven, not very steep and fairly short. […]

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