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The 7 Best Spring Hikes In Los Angeles

By: Tyler Drake + Save to a List

Everyone needs an occasional break from the rat race and traffic that comes with living in Los Angeles and we have just the escape you need. Celebrate the coming of spring with these short but rewarding hikes, all within an hour of downtown. From exploring hidden caves on the beach, to strolling through green rolling hills and summiting LA's tallest mountain, these adventures are sure to spring you into action.

Saddle Peak

This easy 2 mile hike culminates at a dramatic, rocky peak looking over the Santa MonicaMountains and Malibu. Learn more.

Terranea Beach Sea Caves

Take a leisurely hike along a scenic shoreline to reach this beautiful, craggy South Bay cave. Be sure to explore all the gorgeous tide pools along the way too! Learn more.

Ascot Hills Park

With over 90 acres of green hills and plenty of trails, Ascot Hills Park offers great views of the city - notto mention a beautiful sunset. Learn more.

Wisdom Tree in Griffith Park

Visit a local fixture (literally) – this lone, ridge-line tree looking out over Griffith Park and downtownLA is said to be the only tree to survive the 2007 Hollywood Hills Fire. Learn more.

Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve

With beautiful views of the Pacific ocean, these hills of coastal sage scrub are enlivened bywildflowers in the spring. Learn more.

Mt. Baldy

For a more challenging day hike, take on LA County's highest mountain peak for a panoramicview of the San Gabriel Mountains. Learn more.

The Hollywood Sign

Get up close to another LA icon that needs no introduction and catch great views of the city and coastline.Please note – no fence hopping! Learn more.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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