The Best Outdoor Activities in Los Angeles

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike to the Wisdom Tree

Los Angeles / Wonder View Trail

In Griffith Park, park along Lake Hollywood Drive and walk the paved quarter mile up Wonder View Drive to the start of Wonder View Trail.

Frank Lopez
1260 Saves

Hike to Deep Creek Hot Springs

Los Angeles / Bowen Ranch

Deep Creek Hot Springs is nestled along the Mojave River at an elevation of 3,000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Scotti Shafer
1054 Saves

Hike to the Bridge to Nowhere

Los Angeles / Bridge to Nowhere Trail

The trail on this 10-mile hike is predominately slow and steady, but can be a little rocky, so be prepared to scramble.

Ben Lertsakdadet
995 Saves

Hike to Sturtevant Falls

Los Angeles / Chantry Flats

As you head down to Roberts Camp, a historic set of historic cabins, you’ll head out on a steep, paved road for approximately 0.6 miles.

Karen Heifferon
911 Saves

Hike Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign

Los Angeles / Hollyridge Trail

There are three ways to get to the Hollywood Sign. This route has the best views of the city and the sign on your way up.

Kelly Dickinson
884 Saves

Quick Hike and a Dip at Hermit Falls

Los Angeles / First Water Trail

From Roberts Camp, many hikers will head to Sturtevant Falls, which is an amazing 60-foot waterfall.

Hike to Switzer Falls

Los Angeles / Switzer Falls Trailhead

Just off the Angeles Crest highway, you’ll find one of LA’s best waterfalls. There is a parking lot just next to the trailhead.

Grant Nyquist
842 Saves

Backpacking in Idlehour

Los Angeles / Eaton Canyon Trailhead

Idlehour is nestled deep in the Angeles National Forest, so it feels like you're in the heart of some untapped wilderness instead of six miles away from a bustling metropolis.

Alan Leung
737 Saves

A Picnic Overlooking Los Angeles

Los Angeles / Vista Hermosa Park

Vista Hermosa Natural Park is part of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Tiffany Nguyen
718 Saves

Secret Stairs Astro Loop

Los Angeles / Astro Diner

I learned about these remnants of Los Angeles history, just a few months ago. When I found myself in L.A. this past month, I decided to find some of these stairs, and find out what they’re all about.

Mike Hathenbruck
689 Saves

Summit Mt. Baldy

Los Angeles / Bear Flat Trail

Located only an hour’s drive from Los Angeles is the top of highest mountain in LA County—at 10,064 feet. Bear Flat Trail (also called the Old Mt.

Brenda Lin
667 Saves

Hike Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

Los Angeles / Echo Mountain Trailhead

The trail switchbacks up the mountain before reaching the first historic marker, in 3 miles.

Hike to Escondido Falls

Los Angeles / Winding Way

This 3.8 mile out-and-back hike takes place on a very easy to use trail. The first 0.75 miles on Winding Way are paved, leading you up to Escondido Canyon Trail.

Hike to Terranea Beach Sea Caves

Los Angeles / Pelican Cove Parking Lot

Head to the Pelican Cove parking lot where there’s plenty of free parking right at the trailhead.

Tiffany Nguyen
632 Saves

Adventuring at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Los Angeles / Abalone Cove

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is a Palos Verdes gem. This 64-acre reserve is a state ecological preserve.

Tiffany Nguyen
612 Saves

Hiking to Eaton Canyon Falls

Los Angeles / Eaton Canyon Falls Trail

The hidden forty-foot tall Eaton Canyon Falls fills an amphitheater at the top of Eaton Canyon Trail, tumbling into a wide pool that you can rest alongside or wade in.

Mariya Dondonyan
583 Saves

Run Runyon Canyon

Los Angeles / Runyon Canyon (South Entrance)

This 130-acre dog park is located in Hollywood on the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, providing hikers with a few overlapping loops and great views over Hollywood.

Grant Nyquist
566 Saves

Catch a Sunset at Bluff Cove

Los Angeles / Bluff Cove

Parking for Bluff Cove is located along the sides of the street of Paseo Del Mar, and the trailhead is located right next to the street.

Ben Lertsakdadet
515 Saves

Hike to the Cave of Munits

Los Angeles / El Escorpion Trail

Are you looking for a hike that offers trail running, scenic views, hiking, and CAVE exploring? This short, but exciting trail leads you on a short 0.8 mile hike to the Cave of Munits.

Derek Mathewson
504 Saves

Little Jimmy Trail Camp

Los Angeles / Little Jimmy Trail Campground

Take Hwy 2 out of La Canada north along Angeles Crest Highway. Follow this for quite sometime enjoying the fine views in all directions.

Jeremy Boggs
475 Saves

Hike to Knapp's Castle

Los Angeles / Knapps Castle Trailhead

One of the many hidden gems near Santa Barbara, Knapp's Castle is an abandoned home built in 1916 by George Knapp.

Julie Cash
472 Saves

Backpack the Trans-Catalina Trail

Los Angeles / Trans-Catalina Trail

This adventure is a great way to see the entire island of Santa Catalina.

Drew Robinson
454 Saves

Hiking San Gabriel Peak

Los Angeles / San Gabriel Peak Trailhead

At 6,000 feet, San Gabriel Peak gives you one of the best views of the Los Angeles basin on the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

Mark Garcia
449 Saves

Hike to Fish Canyon Falls

Los Angeles / Fish Canyon Trailhead

Follow Encanto Parkway towards the hills until you come to a junction with a sign labeled "trail" that points towards a parking lot to your right.

Allie Morris
440 Saves

Explore El Matador Beach

Los Angeles / El Matador Beach

There's something magical about this strip of beach and it never fails to deliver at sunset.

Kyle Huber
439 Saves

Hiking to Lewis Falls

Los Angeles / Soldier Creek

Located deep in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa, this short but at times challenging hike rewards you with a beautiful fifty-foot waterfall.

Take in the Sunset at Pelican Cove

Los Angeles / Pelican Cove

Getting There Coming from San Pedro, make a U-turn at the Hawthorne Boulevard stoplight onto Palos Verdes Drive South.

Ben Lertsakdadet
424 Saves

Run Griffith Observatory's West Trail

Los Angeles / West Trail Loop

The trail starts near Dell Picnic area, near the Trails Cafe.

Clare Healy
416 Saves

View the Pacific from Parker Mesa Overview

Los Angeles / Paseo Miramar Trail

This 5.4-mile out-and back trail takes off from the end of the residential area of Paseo Miramar. Once you hike a little less than a quarter mile in, you'll connect with Los Liones Canyon Trail.

Climb Mt. Wilson from Chantry Flat

Los Angeles / Chantry Flats

Mt. Wilson is one of the more difficult mountains in the San Gabriel to hike, making this adventure Intermediate.

Michael Wigle
406 Saves

Hike and Kayak on Santa Cruz Island

Los Angeles / Santa Cruz Island - Scorpion Anchorage

As California’s largest island, Santa Cruz Island of the Channel Islands is the perfect little getaway from Los Angeles.

Tiffany Nguyen
400 Saves

Camp at Rose Valley

Los Angeles / Rose Valley Campground

Close to Ventura and Ojai, California, this spot is an easy weekend getaway from the hectic coast of Ventura. Follow Highway 33 east toward Ojai.

Daniel Brittain
399 Saves

Hike to Jim Morrison Cave

Los Angeles / Castro Crest Trailhead

...Deep in the heart of the Malibu canyon lies a cave that many are not familiar with. It's painted in bright pink, and graffitied in other exotic colors.

Derek Mathewson
394 Saves

Camp at Joshua Tree's White Tank Campground

Los Angeles / White Tank Campground & Trailhead

White Tank Campground is in the perfect spot to get a taste of all that Joshua Tree has to offer.

Tiffany Nguyen
394 Saves

Hike and Rock Climb at Saddle Peak

Los Angeles / Saddle Peak Trailhead Parking

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Los Angeles area. Super easy, yet beautiful and a perfect place to get away from the city. Parking for the trailhead is where the three roads intersect.

Cameron Gardner
388 Saves

Running the Arroyo Seco Trail

Los Angeles / Lower Arroyo Trail

Nestled next to the CA-134, this trail presents a relaxing atmosphere while only a 30 minute drive from Downtown Los Angeles and a 5 minute drive from Old Town Pasadena.

Hike Devil's Punchbowl and Devil's Chair

Los Angeles / Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area, CA

What a hidden gem! A martian landscape full of faultline desert rock formations and joshua trees against a mountainous backdrop of the San Gabriels.

Masa Kato
374 Saves

Hike to Murphy's Ranch

Los Angeles / Murphy's Ranch Trail

This four mile out-and-back hike begins in the beginning of a very nice neighborhood in Santa Monica. You will be trekking on a dirt road for about 1.

Kimberly Boyd
374 Saves

Hike Iron Mountain via Heaton Flats

Los Angeles / East Fork

To reach the 8007 ft summit of Iron Mountain via Heaton Flats, you start from the Heaton Flats trailhead north of Azuza (2200 ft).

Drew Robinson
374 Saves

Hike Sandstone Peak

Los Angeles / Sandstone Peak Trailhead

If you live in Los Angeles, Sandstone Peak is a must! The hike to the summit can be done on a 2 mile hike up and back on Sandstone Peak Trail, or a 6.5 mile hike up and back on Backbone Trail.

Michael Wigle
371 Saves

Camp at Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree

Los Angeles / Hidden Valley Campgound

Joshua Tree National Park is known for its world class rock climbing, out of this world landscapes, and some of the darkest skies around.

Nathan Chan
370 Saves

Explore the Venice Canals

Los Angeles / Venice Canals Walkway

The canals are a fun and quiet place to relax away from the hectic Venice boardwalk.

Lucas Pols
370 Saves

Hike the Temescal Canyon Loop

Los Angeles / Temescal Canyon Trail

There are a couple of different ways that you can hike in Temescal Canyon. Options for Hiking Temescal Canyon: The basic loop – 2.

Lucas Pols
365 Saves

Hiking the Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve

Los Angeles / Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve

Getting There: The easiest way to get to Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve is by following Crenshaw Boulevard up Rancho Palos Verdes to the very end of the street.

Ben Lertsakdadet
363 Saves

Run the Culver City Stairs

Los Angeles / Culver City Stairs

The Culver City Stairs are an outdoor staircase designed into the trails leading up to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.

Backpacking Catalina Island

Los Angeles / Parsons Landing

The Parson’s Landing Campground is a secluded beach campsite located seven miles west of the village of Two Harbors.

Grant Nyquist
360 Saves

Summit Mount San Jacinto

Los Angeles / Devil's Slide Trail

Mt. San Jacinto is the second tallest peak in Southern California at 10,834’.

Brenda Lin
354 Saves

Hike the Claremont Wilderness Trail

Los Angeles / Claremont Hills Wilderness trail

Drive to the top of Mills Ave in Claremont. There is a main parking area to the left and overflow parking a block south on the right. It costs $3 to park for 4hrs.

Elaine Yu
339 Saves

Camp at Catalina's Two Harbors

Los Angeles / Two Harbors Campground

An island camping escape is a mere 50 minute boat ride away from the southern California coast.

Kathleen Buenviaje
338 Saves

Hike and Swim at the Rock Pool, Malibu Creek SP

Los Angeles / Malibu Creek State Park Parking Area

The trail starts out from the main parking lot past the ranger station at Malibu Creek State Park. Begin hiking west on Crags Road, a well maintained trail that meanders along the creek.

Will Cebron
336 Saves

Summit Cucamonga Peak

Los Angeles / Icehouse Canyon Trailhead

Start hiking early, before the sun rises so you can maximize the day out of the heat and to give yourself plenty of time for the hike.

Eric Broadfoot
335 Saves

Camp at Montaña de Oro State Park

Los Angeles / Islay Creek Campground

Located about 7 miles south of Morrow Bay, follow Los Osos Valley Rd into the state park. Watch for the signs to park, as you will be cited after 10pm.

Nathaniel Polta
330 Saves

Night Shoot at Arch Rock

Los Angeles / Arch Rock Trailhead

If you're setting up camp, be sure to check out White Tank Campground, which is home to one of the most epic rock formations. The Arch is located here.

Juan Moreno
329 Saves

Beach Camp on Santa Rosa Island

Los Angeles / Ventura Harbor

This adventure is not for the inexperienced.

Michael Wigle
327 Saves

Camping at Joshua Tree's Indian Cove Campground

Los Angeles / Indian Cove Campgrounds

The Indian Cove Campground is located between Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms. The campsites are situated amid towering rock formations, making this a perfect camping location for rock climbers.

Drew Robinson
311 Saves

Sunset Hike in Ascot Hills

Los Angeles / Ascot Hills Park

Ascot Hills Park is a great hidden gem located a few miles east of Los Angeles.

Julie Cash
307 Saves

Camping at Leo Carillo

Los Angeles / Leo Carrillo SP

Leo Carrillo State Park has 1.5 miles of two sandy beach areas, tide pools, and numerous coves and sea caves.

Jamie Fleck
305 Saves

Exploring Trona Pinnacles

Los Angeles / Trona, CA

From the drive in to the drive out, bone-chilling and awe-inspiring landscape as far as the eye can see.

Sal Cavazos
304 Saves

Zaca Ridge Stargazing

Los Angeles / Zaca Ridge Trailhead

From Santa Ynez, CA take Armour Rd until it hits Happy Canyon Rd, and make a left. Follow this scenic drive through vineyards and oak shaded pastures into the Angeles National Forest.

Michael Wigle
303 Saves

Rock Climbing in Malibu Creek

Los Angeles / Malibu Creek SP Parking Lot

A great day trip! Referred to by many as the "Yosemite of Southern California," Malibu Creek offers a huge selection of bolted sport routes on generously pocketed volcanic rock.

Christian Lanley
287 Saves

Hiking to the Cooper Canyon Falls

Los Angeles / Cooper Canyon Falls Via Burkhart Trail

Burkhart Trail is well-defined and easy to follow through an unbelievable old growth of Jeffrey pines, incense-cedars and surprisingly, redwoods! At 0.

Sharalyn DuBoise
278 Saves

Camp On the Abandoned Santa Margarita Lookout Helipad

Los Angeles / Santa Margarita Lookout

Starting in Murrieta, CA you don't have to venture far to enjoy a beautiful view and less light polluted skies.

David Fontneau
273 Saves

Hike to Cavern Point & Potato Harbor

Los Angeles / Island Packers Cruises

Tucked away in the Pacific Ocean just 25 mile from the coast, the Channel Islands are one of Southern California’s hidden gems.

Ezekiel Gonzalez
263 Saves

Hiking Bishop's Peak

Los Angeles / Bishop Peak Trail

Bishop's Peak is one of the most frequented hikes of the San Luis Obispo Area. With a 950ft elevation gain in an estimated 3 mile trek, the summit's peak rests at 1,559 feet.

Talia Touboul
261 Saves

Camp at Thornhill Broome State Beach

Los Angeles / Thornhill Broome State Beach

Take PCH through Malibu towards Oxnard and the campground will be on your left. There is no day use here and you can drive right to your campsite.

Nina Pham
255 Saves

Camp at Chilao Campground

Los Angeles / Chilao Campground

While not as popular as shady Buckhorn Campground up the road, Chilao offers the better views and greater chances of scoring a peaceful and private campsite.

Maya Daniels
253 Saves

Hike the Rising Sun Trail, Solstice Canyon

Los Angeles / TWR Trailhead

To reach the trail, head up the stairs from the parking lot, giving glimpses of the coast. In 0.1 miles, after crossing a paved road, turn right onto Rising Sun.

Hike to and Rapel Thalehaha Falls in Rubio Canyon

Los Angeles / Rubio Canyon Trailhead

If you are new to canyoneering and want to do an adventure like this, reach out to the guys and girls at The Blue 8 target="_blank" who guided us through Rubio Canyon.

Michael Wigle
251 Saves

Take a Sunset Surf at Manhattan Beach

Los Angeles / Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach Pier is a popular spot in the South Bay of Los Angeles for surfers of all levels.

Tiffany Nguyen
249 Saves

Summit Mt. San Gorgonio

Los Angeles / Vivian Creek Trail

A hiking permit is required to hike in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

Brenda Lin
248 Saves

Hike to the Hollywood Sign via Bush Canyon Trail

Los Angeles / Bush Canyon Trailhead

Getting to the parking lot near the trailhead and finding an open space can seem like the most daunting part of this whole excursion.

Hunter Day
246 Saves

Hike to the Icehouse Saddle

Los Angeles / Icehouse Canyon Trailhead

The hike is accessible in all seasons, but in winter there can be snow and ice so special equipment may be useful, but not required.

Julie Cash
244 Saves

Hike Montaña de Oro's Bluff Trail

Los Angeles / Bluff Trailhead

Explore Montaña de Oro State Park, a beautiful 8000 acre piece of land situated right along the coast in San Luis Obispo County.

Drew Robinson
243 Saves

Relax at Nojoqui Falls

Los Angeles / Nojoqui Falls

Unfortunately, the falls have been inaccessible for a while due to dangerous conditions from a mudslide. Contact the County of Santa Barbara Parks Division for more information.

Nick Wagner
242 Saves

Hike Shell Beach Bluff and Ontario Ridge

Los Angeles / Avila Beach

Starting on Shell Beach Bluff Trail is the perfect way to warm up your legs before climbing Ontario Ridge. It’s a relatively flat and incredibly well maintained path that runs right along the coast.

Drew Robinson
240 Saves

Take a Walk on Badwater Basin's Salt Flats

Los Angeles / Badwater Basin

Taking a walk on the salt flats at Badwater Basin is like no other experience in Death Valley National Park.

Tiffany Nguyen
239 Saves

Hike Mt. Waterman

Los Angeles / Mt. Waterman Trailhead

Mt. Waterman is accessed along Highway 2 in the Angeles National Forest. Heading east from La Canada look for mileage marker 58.0 (34 miles from La Canada) just past the closed ski resort.

Jeremy Boggs
236 Saves

Canyoneer Joshua Tree's Rattlesnake Slot Canyon

Los Angeles / Rattlesnake Canyon Trailhead

The trailhead is located at the end of Indian Cove road. From Indian Cove Campground, take the road to the east about a mile to a picnic area where there is parking at the mouth of the canyon.

Kat Carney
234 Saves

Hike to Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park

Los Angeles / Trippet Ranch

Eagle Rock is located in Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, and it is a unique formation that provides an amazing panoramic view of Santa Monica.

Ben Lertsakdadet
234 Saves

Hike Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) via the Ski Hut Trail

Los Angeles / Mount Baldy Trailhead (Ski Hut Route)

Mt. San Antonio, or Mt. Baldy as it is known locally, is one of the cans of the challenging "six-pack of peaks" in Southern California.

Charlie Jasper
225 Saves

Hiking Ontario and Bighorn Peaks via Icehouse Canyon

Los Angeles / Icehouse Canyon Trailhead

To reach Big Horn and Ontario Peak, start at the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead, a 3.5 miles trail that gains 2700 ft to the Icehouse Saddle.

Drew Robinson
222 Saves

Run the Santa Monica Wooden Stairs

Los Angeles / Santa Monica Wooden Stairs

The wooden Santa Monica Stairs are a great way to get in some intense leg burning cardio.

Lucas Pols
217 Saves

Explore Vasquez Rocks

Los Angeles / Vasquez Rocks

This is a Natural Park Area located in Santa Clarita, within the Sierra Pelona Mountains.

Sassy Resuello
209 Saves

Camp at Malibu Creek State Park

Los Angeles / Malibu Creek Campground

Malibu Creek State Park boasts over 8,000 acres of oak woodlands, grassy hills, dramatic peaks and serene meadows.

Will Cebron
207 Saves

Explorer Montana De Oro's Spooner's Cove

Los Angeles / Spooner's Cove

Spooner’s cove is one of those small hidden beaches where you can watch stunning sunsets in a peaceful environment.

Talia Touboul
206 Saves

Camp at Point Mugu's Sycamore Canyon Campground

Los Angeles / Sycamore Canyon Campground

The beach at Point Mugu State Park is just far away enough from the bustling town of Malibu and its popular beaches to feel like you are still secluded with nature.

Jamie Fleck
203 Saves

Hike Natural Bridge Canyon

Los Angeles / Natural Bridge Canyon Trailhead

Natural Bridge Canyon is one of the few canyons in Death Valley with an official trailhead that can be easily accessed from the parking lot.

Tiffany Nguyen
202 Saves

Summit Mt. Baden-Powell

Los Angeles / Pacific Crest Trail (Mt. Baden-Powell)

This well maintained and well traveled trail is a popular route with day hikers, backpackers, and Pacific Crest Trail through hikers.

Brenda Lin
200 Saves

Hiking the Piru Creek Gorge Trail

Los Angeles / Piru Creek Trail

Take the I-5 exit North of Castaic, CA at Templin Hwy. Turn onto Golden State Hwy heading the only direction it goes from the exit, North.

Michael Wigle
194 Saves

Photograph Dante's View of Death Valley

Los Angeles / Dante's View

In all of Death Valley National Park, Dante's View might just be the best spot to watch the light fade away after a long day.

Clare Healy
180 Saves

Explore Van Dusen Cabin

Los Angeles / Van Dusen Cabin

This is a great day trip to spend in the mountains. from Highway 18 at the Big Bear Dam you turn left onto highway 38 around the north shore of Big Bear.

Jason Bates
180 Saves

Camp and Surf Jalama Beach

Los Angeles / Jalama Beach

Take the 101 North out of LA and follow it till it meets back up with the 1 just south of Lompoc where you make a left turn onto Jalama Rd.

Nathaniel Polta
176 Saves

Hiking Wildwood Regional Park

Los Angeles / Wildwood Regional Park

Wildwood Regional Park is open year-round, easily accessible, and offers great routes for hiking, running, biking, and even horseback riding.

Cam Adams
171 Saves

Hike the Park Ridge Trail and Quarry

Los Angeles / Park Ridge Trail Loop

Park Ridge is a double peaked ridge, elevated at 911ft, which stands next to Cerro Cabrillo, one of the Nine Sisters.

Talia Touboul
169 Saves

Hiking up Boney Peak

Los Angeles / Boney Peak Trailhead

The hike begins at the parking lot for Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park, CA just outside LA. Pull into the parking lot and walk on the dirt road until you see the trail for Boney Peak.

Cam Adams
167 Saves

Beach Hike to Point Conception Lighthouse

Los Angeles / Jalama Beach

It must be approaching low tide to complete this hike! This hike begins at the Jalama Beach Campground.

Nathaniel Polta
167 Saves

Surf Zuma Beach

Los Angeles / Zuma Beach

Zuma is a 3 mile stretch of beach in Malibu with a fun beach break and a great place to chill.

Cory Patterson
162 Saves

Hike to the Grotto

Los Angeles / Circle X Ranch Trail

Who doesn't enjoy a hike that offers water, scenic views, boulder hopping and a subterranean cave? I know I do! The Grotto Trail begins at Circle X Ranch, which looks a bit like a small cowboy wester.

Derek Mathewson
162 Saves

Hike Mt. Rubidoux

Los Angeles / Mt. Rubidoux Trail

Featuring over 161 acres and over 3.5 miles of combined paved and dirt trails, Mount Rubidoux Park in Riverside, CA is a beautiful natural environment and adventure location.

Matthew Stanfield
160 Saves

Hike Valencia Peak at Montaña de Oro State Park

Los Angeles / Valencia Peak Trail

This is a great hike to add to your itinerary while visiting Montaña de Oro State Park. To get to the trailhead, drive into the park on Pecho Valley Rd.

Drew Robinson
157 Saves

Camp at Carpinteria State Beach

Los Angeles / Carpinteria State Beach

There are 2 campgrounds close to Rincón, but Carpinteria State Beach is a little bigger and easier to find a spot. There are 4 campgrounds: Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Miguel and Santa Rosa.

Carla Borella
154 Saves

Hike the Cerro Alto Trail

Los Angeles / Cerro Alto Trailhead

Cerro Alto Peak is a great, dog friendly hike that offers amazing views of Morro Bay.

Drew Robinson
150 Saves

Explore the Mojave Desert Lava Tube

Los Angeles / Mojave Lava Tube

When visiting the Lava Tubes, you must have a full tank of gas, radiator coolant, and a couple gallons of water before you enter the Mojave Desert Preserve! The preserve doesn't offer any services ot.

Alex Anderson
147 Saves

Surf Fishing Off Of Inspiration Point

Los Angeles / Inspiration Point Sea Cave

Tucked away, at the base of Inspiration Point in Palos Verdes is an outcropping of rocks, perfect for surf casting and catching ocean fish, away from the crowds.

Michael Wigle
146 Saves

Photograph the Iconic Malibu Pier

Los Angeles / Malibu Pier

Less than a mile South from the small town center, Malibu Pier stretches out into the Pacific.

Josh Currie
145 Saves

Winter Hike Around Jenks Lake

Los Angeles / Jenks Lake

If you want to experience winter, beauty and solitude in SoCal look no further than Jenks Lake.

Julie Cash
140 Saves

Hike Timber Mountain

Los Angeles / Icehouse Canyon Trailhead

Start out on Icehouse Canyon Trail. Depending on the time of year, there can be snow and ice patches on this trail, as well as strong winds.

Run the Santa Monica Concrete Stairs

Los Angeles / Santa Monica Concrete Stairs

The concrete Santa Monica Stairs are a great way to get in some intense leg burning cardio. There are around 170 steps that are wider and easier than the Santa Monica wooden staircase.

Lucas Pols
138 Saves

Hiking Kelso Dunes

Los Angeles / Kelso Dunes Trail

There is no particular route to the top of Kelso Dunes from the trailhead – the wind is constantly moving the sands (and trail) around.

Kimberly Weglin
135 Saves

Night Photography on the Road to Trona

Los Angeles / Trona, CA

The town of Trona is very small but the landscape here is definitely one your shouldn't miss out on seeing.

Zach Rogers
135 Saves

Photograph Death Valley's Wildflower Bloom

Los Angeles / Copper Canyon

Every spring, a few plants and flowers spring up from the driest place in North America, California's Death Valley National Park.

Michael Wigle
133 Saves

Hike Stoney Point Park

Los Angeles / Stoney Point Park

Once you've parked along Topanga Canyon Blvd, make your way down the street and start the trail off near the steel gate, close to the horse stables.

Sassy Resuello
133 Saves

Camp at El Capitan State Beach

Los Angeles / El Capitan State Beach

This popular campground of 142 sites is equipped with fire rings and a picnic area, in addition to restrooms and showers. There are group campsites available, as well.

Rock Climb Holcomb Valley

Los Angeles / Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

Most of the drive to Holcomb Valley is done on regular paved roads until about the last hour when you get above Big Bear Lake and you start your journey on dirt roads.

Cameron Gardner
130 Saves

Explore The Rock at Morro Bay

Los Angeles / The Rock

Morro Bay is located west about 13 miles of San Luis Obispo.

Josh Currie
130 Saves

Camp at Manzanita Loop in Chilao Campground

Los Angeles / Chilao Campground

Chilao Camp is located at an elevation of 5,300 feet, in the San Gabriel Mountains, and is divided into two different loops called the Manzanita and Pine.

Sassy Resuello
130 Saves

Check Out the Cabazon Dinosaurs

Los Angeles / Cabazon

For any fans of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure or The Wizard, the Cabazon Dinosaurs are instantly recognizable.

Michael Gabbert
129 Saves

Hike the Santa Paula Punch Bowls

Los Angeles / Santa Paula Punch Bowls Trailhead

This is an 8.5 mile trail, out and back. Parking is available along Ojai St, and the trail starts at the entrance of Thomas Aquinas College.

Sassy Resuello
125 Saves

Hike to Tangerine Falls

Los Angeles / W. Fork Cold Spring Trail

This waterfall can be fairly dry during the year, so keep your eyes out for a recent rainstorm to really get things going. When you start the hike on East Folk Trail, at 0.

Nick Wagner
125 Saves

HIke the Brand Library Loop

Los Angeles / Brand Library Loop

Your adventure will start at the Brand Library parking lot. Walk behind the library towards the gated day use area and you will find the start of the trail on your right, Las Flores MTWY.

Spencer Williams
125 Saves

Camp at Pismo State Beach

Los Angeles / Pismo SB

Hiking along nature trails, swimming, and surf fishing are all possible here, including wheelchair accessible fishing at Ocean Lagoon. Facilities consist of fire rings, restrooms, and showers.

Camp at Death Valley's Wildrose Campground

Los Angeles / Wildrose Campground, Death Valley

There is a ton to see here, exploring Death Valley is the perfect way to spend a weekend away. We decided to explore it with a group of friends on motorcycles but a car will do just fine too.

Cameron Gardner
121 Saves

Hike to Rose Valley Falls

Los Angeles / Rose Valley Campground

...It's not often that you come across 100 ft waterfalls. This moderate to easy hike to Rose Valley Falls leads you to one of the tallest waterfalls in the Los Padres National Forest.

Derek Mathewson
116 Saves

Explore Devil's Golf Course, Death Valley

Los Angeles / Devil's Golf Course

It is said that "only the devil could play golf on such rough links." Just off Badwater Road you will find an immense field of eroded rock salt that bore small jagged spires in the Earth.

Gaby Colletta
115 Saves

Hike the Bighorn Mine Trail

Los Angeles / Vincent Gulch Divide Parking Lot (Trailhead)

If you decide to head over to Wrightwood for some skiing during the winter, make sure to get a hike in while you’re at it.

Jamie Fleck
111 Saves

Hike the Castle Rock Trail at Big Bear Lake

Los Angeles / Castle Rock Trailhead

Follow the directions to the trail head, and park on the side of the road. You will see a sign that says Castle Rock Trail, and the path is directly behind that sign.

Sassy Resuello
109 Saves

Backpack Mt. Williamson from Shepherd Pass

Los Angeles / Mount Williamson Trailhead

This trail starts at the lowest, and generally regarded hardest, trailhead in the Southern Sierras. You quickly gain elevation in what many describe as manageable but relentless.

Jack Brumbaugh
109 Saves

Hike the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail

Los Angeles / Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail

Just off highway 62 lies an easy 1/2 day hike with incredible views of the Morongo Valley.

Maya Daniels
108 Saves

Camp at Lake Cachuma

Los Angeles / Lake Cachuma

The campground here is extremely well developed and tightly run (for better or worse).

Maya Daniels
103 Saves

Camp at El Capitan Canyon

Los Angeles / El Capitan Canyon

El Capitan Canyon is a gorgeous collection of permanent tents, yurts and cabins located across the highway from El Capitan State Beach and its campground.

Will Cebron
102 Saves

Hike the Wall Street Mill

Los Angeles / Wall Street Mill Trail

Hike along the easy Wall Street Mill Trail for about one mile and you will reach the mill - if you are into night photography, this is an amazing subject that will bring you back again and again, alw.

Sal Cavazos
100 Saves

Hike the Backbone Trail via Corral Canyon

Los Angeles / Backbone Trail, Corral Canyon Road

The backbone trail was a vision that started in the 1980’s. It is a trail that stretches 65 Miles starting in Will Rodgers State Historic Park and ending at Thornhill Broome Beach.

Lucas Pols
99 Saves

Hike to the Top of Point Dume

Los Angeles / Westward Beach

From the parking lot, make your way towards Point Dume. You will find the entrance to the trail at the end of the lot. The trail is a bit sandy, but fairly easy.

Sassy Resuello
93 Saves

Camp on an Isolated Mesa

Los Angeles / Table Top Mountain Trail

From the Hole in the Wall information center, drive north on Black Canyon Road. Table Top is a fairly identifiable mesa to the east.

Kyle Frost
91 Saves

Hike Telegraph Peak via Manker Flat

Los Angeles / Manker Flat Parking Area

This hike starts at the Manker Flat parking area, situated at 6000 ft of elevation. Head towards a cluster of portable restrooms by the road and you will see the trail.

Drew Robinson
90 Saves

Camp Under Red Rock Canyon

Los Angeles / Ricardo Campground

Red Rock Canyon is a must stop for those driving along Highway 14 between the Owens and Antelope Valleys.

Clare Healy
87 Saves

Hike Red Rock Canyon to Calabasas Peak

Los Angeles / Red Rock Canyon Parking Lot

When you get to the parking lot be sure to pay the $5 parking fee. You will need to place this in the provided envelope and drop it in the iron ranger.

Sassy Resuello
81 Saves

Hike to Piedra Blanca

Los Angeles / Piedra Blanca Trailhead

These white sandstone formations, splitting out of the forest, are a worthwhile sight as you climb up to gain a great vantage point of the valley.

Rickey Minder
76 Saves

Beach Hike to Paradise Cove From Point Dume

Los Angeles / Westward Beach

You will start your beach-hiking to Paradise Cove from Point Dume which is located 20 miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

Basak Prince
74 Saves

Hike the West Fork of Cold Spring

Los Angeles / W. Fork Cold Spring Trail

If you love the mountains above Santa Barbara but hate the crowds, stick to the canyon trails on the east side.

Michael Wigle
74 Saves

Hike to Mt. Disappointment

Los Angeles / Billy Reily Trailhead

From the 210 Freeway in La Cañada, take California Highway 2 north 14 miles up into the San Gabriel Mountains.

Michael Wigle
69 Saves

Hike the San Emigdio Trail in the Wind Wolves Preserve

Los Angeles / Wind Wolves Preserve Parking Area

This area is a family friendly hiking area for beginners. The farthest place to hike on the map is call Reflection Pond and is about a 7 mile hike out and back.

David Bell
67 Saves

Catch the Sunset at the Avila Sea Caves

Los Angeles / Avila Sea Caves

When I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I would come out to this place to watch the sunset. It was my favorite spot to sit on a rock and take in the beautiful scenery as the sun went down.

Lauren Foltz
63 Saves

Hike the Top of Topanga Overlook

Los Angeles / Top of Topanga Overlook

The Top of Topanga Overlook is where you can simply park your car, and sit in one of the benches to view the San Fernando Valley.

Sassy Resuello
61 Saves

Rock Climb at Point Dume

Los Angeles / Point Dume

There are a couple of different ways to get to the rock, but the easiest will be at the end of Westward Beach Rd. The rock is impossible to miss as you drive further down the beach.

Josh Currie
60 Saves

Camp at Gaviota State Park

Los Angeles / Gaviota SP Campground

About 30 miles north of Santa Barbara on the 101 is a small state beach in the 90 person town of Gaviota.

Josh Currie
59 Saves

Snow Hike Lightning Ridge

Los Angeles / Lightning Ridge Trailhead

When you hear the report about snow in the San Gabriels, it's time to plan this hike! Only a short 90 minute drive is all that separates nearly a third of California's population from high-altitude .

Michael Wigle
58 Saves

Fly Fish the Kern River above the Johnsondale Bridge

Los Angeles / Johnsonsdale Bridge

Check in at the local fly fishing shop in Kernville to check the latest status, then continue up the 20 mile stretch of Mountain Hwy 99 until you cross the Johnsondale Bridge.

Nathaniel Polta
58 Saves

Beach Volleyball at Will Rogers State Beach

Los Angeles / Beach Volleyball Courts, Will Rogers SB

At PCH and West Channel there is a tunnel that goes underneath the highway leading you directly onto the beach. In the tunnel take a left up the stairs onto the bike path.

Lucas Pols
57 Saves

Hike to Stoddard Flat via the Stoddard Peak Trail

Los Angeles / Barrett-Stoddard Road

On the way to Mount Baldy and within the trail system of the San Gabriel mountain range is the Stoddard Peak Trail.

Jamie Fleck
54 Saves

Hike La Cumbre Peak via Tunnel Trail

Los Angeles / Tunnel Trail, Santa Barbara

Tunnel Trail is a great way to get to the top of La Cumbre Peak.

Cameron Smith
52 Saves

Mountain Bike Pine Knot Trail in Big Bear

Los Angeles / Pine Knot Trail Parking

Park at the free parking lot behind the village off of Knickerbocker Rd between Village Drive and Pedder Road. Ride up Knickerbocker Rd towards the mountain.

Natalie Ramirez
46 Saves

Camp at Hole In the Wall Campground

Los Angeles / Hole In The Wall Campground

You may think a desert is barren and ugly with little to offer the avid outdoorsman. The truth is very far from that.

Alex Anderson
46 Saves

Off-Road to McIver's Cabin

Los Angeles / McIver's Cabin Pull-off - Horse Canyon Rd.

A little over 2 hours north of LA on Highway 14, there is an abrupt turnoff for Horse Canyon Road, which is also SC65.

Nathaniel Polta
45 Saves

Hike to Inspiration Point in Rattlesnake Canyon

Los Angeles / Inspiration Point Trailhead, Santa Barbara

Hike up the 3.5 mile trail to an unbeatable vista that will leave you smiling despite the chronic uphill that got you there.

Hike the Potrero John Trail

Los Angeles / Potrero John Trail

The Potrero John Trail is only 1.6 miles, and is mostly used for hiking.

Jessica Olsen
43 Saves

Bike or Run the Bob Jones Trail

Los Angeles / Bob Jones Trailhead

The Bob Jones Trail provides a variety of activities -- running, walking, biking, skateboarding/rollerblading, and some exploring by the creek.

Lauren Foltz
39 Saves

Hike China Flat Trail to Simi Peak

Los Angeles / China Flat Trailhead

From the trailhead, simply follow the trail headed up the mountain. The first 2 miles is the hardest part of the hike, because of the steep ascent.  Continue on until you hit a junction.

Sassy Resuello
39 Saves

Hike to the UC Riverside "C"

Los Angeles / C Hike Trailhead

This approximately 2 mile round-trip hike takes you a thousand feet above the valley floor that Riverside lies in.

Hike the Saddle Rock Loop

Los Angeles / Saddle Rock Loop Trailhead

Begin at the trailhead in the parking area on E. Valley Road. You'll gain some elevation (don't forget your water).

Hike Mugu Peak via Chumash Trail

Los Angeles / Chumash Trailhead

From the parking lot at the trailhead, follow the steep trail going up the mountain. This part is quite challenging, so I recommend stretching out your legs before starting the hike.

Sassy Resuello
35 Saves

Hike the Cold Spring Trail to Montecito Peak

Los Angeles / Cold Spring Trailhead

Park in the lot east of where Cold spring creek intersects Mountain Road. The correct trailhead is the one with the wooden sign, do not take the trail with a rusty metal sign.

Be inspired at Watts Towers

Los Angeles / Watts Towers of Simon Rodia SHP

Watts Towers are a quick 15-20 minute ride from Downtown Los Angeles on the Metro.

Joe Ankenbauer
32 Saves

Camp at the Water Canyon Campground in the Channel Islands NP

Los Angeles / Ventura Harbor

You can get a wonderfully detailed description of what to expect from the Channel Islands/Santa Rosa Island and how to get there from fellow Explorer Michael Wigle's "Beach camp on Santa Rosa Island".

Jared Blitz
28 Saves

Climb at Echo Cliffs

Los Angeles / Backbone Trailhead

The hike to the crag is about 1.3 miles one way and takes roughly 45 minutes. The approach starts at the Backbone / Mishe Mokwa trail head off Yerba Buena Rd.

Blair Williams
26 Saves

Backpack to the La Jolla Valley Walk-In Camps

Los Angeles / Ray Miller Trailhead

Hello Friends! I just took a really chill overnight backpacking trip to the La Jolla Valley Backcountry campsite and I’m going to give you some details so you can have as nice of an outing as I did! .

BJ Klophaus
26 Saves

Mountain Bike Cuesta Ridge

Los Angeles / Cuesta Ridge

Start at the parking lot directly off of Highway 101, head up TV tower Road for 2.8 Miles and a 900' climb from 1500' to 2400'.

Justin Connolly
26 Saves

Hike Lobo Canyon in the Channel Islands NP

Los Angeles / Lobo Canyon

The National Park Service describes this hike in the following:  "Strenuous.

Jared Blitz
25 Saves

Climb to the Top of Ladyface

Los Angeles / Ladyface Trail Head

Ladyface is a volcanic ridge that juts up over Agoura Hills. It is a short but steep hike up the ridgeline, and it offers amazing views to either side.

Henry Kittredge
25 Saves

Hike to the Rinconada Mineral Mines

Los Angeles / Rinconada Trailhead

My friends and I recently visited this abandoned mercury mine. The site was cleaned-up by the EPA many years ago, but much of the old equipment remains.

Tyler Sloan
25 Saves

Hike to Chinese Harbor on Santa Cruz Island

Los Angeles / Island Packers Cruises

The hike to Chinese Harbor is a 14.2 mile out-and-back hike from Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island or a much more manageable 8 mile out-and-back hike from Del Norte backcountry campground.

Henry Kittredge
23 Saves

Backpack to Del Norte Campground on Santa Cruz Island

Los Angeles / Island Packers Cruises

Del Norte Backcountry Campground is located on Santa Cruz Island, one of the islands that makes up Channel Islands National Park.

Henry Kittredge
23 Saves

Camp at Scorpion Ranch, Channel Islands NP

Los Angeles / Island Packers Cruises

Accessible only by Ferry, this little known national park is a backpackers dream. You can catch the ferry out of Ventura or Santa Barbara, only a short distance from LA.

Jon Adler
23 Saves

Hike the Cattle Canyon Trail

Los Angeles / Cattle Canyon Trailhead

Within the San Gabriel Mountains from Highway 39 and along East Fork Road is Cattle Canyon.

Jamie Fleck
22 Saves

Hike Romero Canyon

Los Angeles / Romero Canyon

Hiking the 5.7 Romero Canyon loop trail is a wonderful way to get outside and get the endorphins flowing.

Kayak the Marina Del Rey Harbor

Los Angeles / Marina Beach (Mother's Beach)

The Marina Del Rey harbor covers 1.5 square miles making it the world’s largest small-craft harbor.

Spencer Williams
20 Saves

Hike to Conder Observatory (Mt. Piños) from the Nordic Ski Hut

Los Angeles / Mount Piños Parking

Any drive up the I-405N or I-5N is going to result in some pain: Either you leave early enough to avoid traffic, or you are sitting in some slowness for a while.

Charlie Jasper
20 Saves

Hike up Chatsworth Park North

Los Angeles / Chatsworth Park North

From the parking lot, make your way through the park until you reach the bottom of a hill filled with huge rocks and boulders. It is very hard to miss. From here, you can pick any trail you wish.

Sassy Resuello
19 Saves

Hike the Cold Springs Loop Trail

Los Angeles / Cold Spring Loop Trailhead

This trail is a 1.8 mile loop that is ideal for families or anyone looking for a short but spectacular hike. Begin at the trailhead where Cold Spring Creek crosses Mountain Drive.

Catch a Sunrise or Sunset at Palisades Park in Porter Ranch

Los Angeles / Palisades Park Trailhead

From the 118 FWY, exit Reseda and head north until you pass by Calle Vista Circle. Once passed, make a U-turn and park on the side of the street.

Sassy Resuello
16 Saves

Hike the Mill Creek Trail to Breckenridge Road

Los Angeles / Mill Creek Trailhead

Starting at about 2000 elevation this hike is very gentle and nice for the first 2 miles. On the third mile it is a steep climb with short lengths of level ground the rest of the way.

David Bell
14 Saves

Summit Telescope Peak

Los Angeles / Telescope Peak Trailhead

The trail starts at Mahogany Flat campground which can be hiked to from the Charcoal Kilns to the north or more immediately accessible via 4WD on a dirt access road - use caution when driving this ro.

Mike Quine
13 Saves

Hike to the Teepee in the San Gabriel Mountains

Los Angeles / Cross Town Trail (Harten Lane)

Hidden in the small community of La Canada, California, the trailhead is pretty hidden! From the 210, take the exit for Highway 2/Angeles Crest Highway.

Tori Marsh
12 Saves

Hike to Fossil Falls

Los Angeles / Fossil Falls Trailhead

Fossil Falls is located east of Highway 395, a few miles south of Coso Junction, 45 min north of Ridgecrest.

Sara Kurth
12 Saves

Hike the Backbone Trail via Kanan Dume

Los Angeles / Backbone Trailhead - Kanan Dume Road

Fair warning, it can get very hot in Malibu, especially in the summer or fall. We started at the Kanan Dume Road lot.

Charlie Jasper
11 Saves

Hike the Torrey Pines Trail in Channel Islands NP

Los Angeles / Torrey Pines Trail

The Channel Islands National Park website describes the Torrey Pines Loop Trail the following way: "View one of the rarest pines in the world, the Torrey pine.

Jared Blitz
10 Saves

Hike the Towsley Canyon Loop

Los Angeles / Towsley Canyon Trailhead

The Towsley Canyon Loop can be done in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise loop.

Hike Sunday Peak

Los Angeles / Sunday Peak Trailhead

This short and easy summit is located just outside of Kernville, California. To get there, follow Highway 178 towards Kernville and turn left on Highway 155 towards Wofford Heights.

Rachel Davidson
8 Saves

Run the Old Youth Camp Loop

Los Angeles / Stough Canyon Nature Center

The Old Youth Camp Loop is a 2.6-mile loop with over 700 feet of elevation gain that can be ran, hiked, or even mountain biked if you prefer.

Hike the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail

Los Angeles / Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Trailhead

The most popular point of entry is through the Victory Trailhead, which has ample parking. You can park on the street or you can pay $3 to park at the trailhead parking lot.

Tori Marsh
6 Saves