THE SARA WAN TRAILHEAD AT CORRAL CANYON
LOS LIONES TRAIL TO PARKER MESA
If you want a pretty low-key walk with gorgeous views, the 7.3-mile hike from the Pacific Palisades to Parker Mesa outlook in Topanga State Park is the one for you. During a shadier part of your four-hour trek, you'll witness ivy blooming like a rug on the ground, so be sure to stop for pictures. And if you get a little tired, relax for a few on one of the benches overlooking the rest of the city and then be on your merry way.
566 Los Liones Drive, Los Angeles
SOLSTICE CANYON TRAIL
If you like to sightsee, the Solstice Canyon Trail in Malibu has a lot to offer. First, you can actually sit and have a picnic here, so that earns it bonus points in our book. When you start venturing into the tree-covered trail, you'll catch sight of the oldest tree in Malibu, get to explore the ruins of a 1950s mansion, and stop in front of the famous Solstice waterfall.
Solstice Canyon Trail, Corral Canyon Road and Solstice Canyon Road, Malibu
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE
If you want to push yourself, try hiking the 10-mile trail that goes along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River into the mountains. It's at this spot in the 1930s that most of the large road was washed away by a flood, leaving only the (which you can still cross with an easy-to-get wilderness permit). If you're feeling especially adventurous, some choose to bungee jump from the top.
Bridge to Nowhere, Azusa, California
CAHUENGA PEAK AND THE WISDOM TREE
Getting to the back of the Hollywood Sign in Griffith Park has never been as much fun as through this route (Cahuenga Peak is , by the way). This trail is fairly new, and it allows you to stop by the iconic Wisdom Tree where passersby write their hopes and dreams in the journal pages found in beneath its branches.
Cahuenga Park Trail, Los Angeles, California
Even some Angelenos haven't heard of Switzer Falls (it's kind of the best little-known secret only 35 minutes outside of the city). Those who are familiar with it know it for its magical 50-foot waterfall, but you'll need to get to it first. You'll start out at the picnic grounds, pounding the pavement, and eventually, you'll be climbing boulders. You'll want to take a map with you because there are longer and shorter routes that all end up at the falls (you just need to pick your preference).
Switzer Falls, Tujunga, California
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