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    Los Angeles County, California is a true outdoor lover's delight. From its majestic mountain peaks to its stunning beaches, the county has something for everyone. There are numerous trails and pathways for hikers and bikers of all skill levels, and plenty of opportunities for kayaking, rock climbing, and other activities. In addition, there are also plenty of opportunities for fishing, camping, and other recreational activities. No matter what kind of adventure you're in the mood for, Los Angeles County has something for you to enjoy.

    Top Spots in and near Los Angeles County

    • Newport Beach, California

      Newport Beach Back Bay Trail

      4.0
      10.62 mi / 499 ft gain
      The Newport Beach Back Bay Trail features beautiful wildflowers and is open for use year round. Very minimal elevation gain makes this hike food for all skill levels, but be mindful of the distance. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on leash.  Cooling sea breezes make this one of th...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Secret Stairs Astro Loop

      2.3
      4.21 mi / 600 ft gain
      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. Back in the 1920’s these stairs were created for pedestrians to have direct routes to the trans...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Hoover Walk

      4.0
      In 2009, the people that lived in the neighborhood, close to the stairs, wanted to find a way to fight the graffiti that was being put on the structures and stairs themselves. Artist Ricardo Mendoza was commissioned to paint a giant mural that would cover most of the concrete walls that surround ...
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    • Newport Beach, California

      Stand Up Paddle around Balboa Island, Newport Beach

      5.0
      Balboa Island, located in Newport Bay, is a fun destination on its own, but add a relaxing SUP to the mix and you’ve got yourself an adventure. There are two ways to get onto island: cross the Marine Avenue Bridge, or take the Balboa Island Ferry (directly inland from Balboa Pier and south of New...
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    • Santa Monica, California

      Spend a Day at the Santa Monica Pier

      4.2
      *Unlimited photography options with the ferris wheel, beach, ocean, and sunsets *Abundant people watching opportunities  *Plenty of ways to get a workout in including swimming, volleyball courts, running, or riding a bike There is a bike and walking path that runs along the coast.  One of my favo...
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    • Santa Monica, California

      Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail

      4.0
      3.33 mi / 20 ft gain
      The Santa Monica Pier, Boardwalk, and Beach Trail in Santa Monica, California, offers a unique blend of coastal and urban hiking. The trail is a flat, paved 3.33-mile loop that is suitable for all skill levels. It starts at the Santa Monica Pier, a historic landmark known for its Ferris wheel and...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Ferndell to the West Observatory Loop Trail to Griffith Observatory

      4.5
      2.63 mi / 587 ft gain
      The Ferndell to Griffith Observatory trail in Los Angeles, California is a moderate difficulty, 2.63-mile loop trail.  The trail starts at Ferndell Nature Museum, a small museum with a garden and picnic area. The trail then ascends through a shaded canyon, with a small stream running alongside. ...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Franklin-Ivar Park

      5.0
      What was once a vacant and deteriorated site, Franklin-Ivar Park was rehabilitated and turned into a small neighborhood park in a densely-populated area in Hollywood. More like a parklette, Franklin-Ivar Park returns some of the native habitats that once thrived in this area on the slopes of the...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      West Trail Loop

      4.3
      1.85 mi / 463 ft gain
      The trail starts near Dell Picnic area, near the Trails Cafe. On this wide fire road, you can choose to run or hike, but don't expect to have the trail to yourself, especially if you're heading out on the weekend. With that said, you can time your run or hike around sunset and get amazing views b...
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    • Newport Beach, California

      Bodysurfing and Photography at The Wedge

      4.8
      Beginning at the east end of the Balboa Peninsula The Wedge's main power house is the Newport Harbor Jetty. When the right south swell hits the jetty it reflects back creating a massive back wash. When the back wash hits an incoming set you have the notoriously heavy wedge-like shore break thunde...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

      Explore the beauty of nature at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in Los Angeles. Nestled within the UCLA campus, this enchanting garden showcases a diverse collection of plants from around the world.  Wander through lush landscapes, serene ponds, and peaceful trails, perfect for nature lo...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Runyon Canyon Loop

      3.2
      2.67 mi / 728 ft gain
      Located in the Hollywood Hills, Runyon is an iconic workout run/ hike that can give you great views all the way to the ocean. There are a few different loop trails/ hikes you can take ranging from ~1.5mi to 3.25mi all with a decent amount of elevation gain. Also, remember this is Hollywood, so yo...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Beacon Hill via Coolidge Trail

      5.0
      2.84 mi / 587 ft gain
      The starting point for your run is at the Griffith Park Southern Railroad. From the parking lot walk east crossing Crystal Springs Drive and find the Coolidge Hiking Trail. Begin running up Coolidge Trail toward Upper Beacon Trail making sure to stay straight at the first intersection (0.2 miles)...
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    • Newport Beach, California

      Boulder at Pirate's Cove

      4.0
      This is a great spot for bouldering in Newport Beach, CA with really easy access from the parking lot at Big Corona Beach or street parking above on Ocean Blvd. There are not clear signs to follow, but it is easy to find from the parking lot at Big Corona - it is on the far west side toward the h...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Mount Hollywood Trail

      5.0
      2.49 mi / 505 ft gain
      Mount Hollywood Trail is a loop with scenic views of Griffith Park located in Los Angeles, California. There are multiple ways to reach the summit of Mount Hollywood, including via Mount Hollywood via Fern Canyon Trail (5-mile loop) starting near the merry-go-round. This route is one of the most ...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Bronson Bat Caves

      3.3
      0.61 mi / 66 ft gain
      Who doesn't enjoy a short hike to a scenic/remote location? I know I sure do! After hearing about this spot through word of mouth and the internet, and seemingly never having the time to check it out, I honestly have to say it was a worthwhile trip. This short 0.6 out and back hike/walk to the f...
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