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The Best Backpacking in Los Angeles

Looking for the best backpacking in Los Angeles? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Los Angeles. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Los Angeles

  • Altadena, California

    Eaton Canyon to Idlehour

    4.2
    10.99 mi / 3291 ft gain
    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. The trail camp is accessible by foot through a variety of locations, but the most popular route is through Eaton Canyon, ...
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  • Altadena, California

    Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall

    8.52 mi / 709 ft gain
    Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near La Canada Flintridge, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Arroyo Seco Trail

    20 mi / 3750 ft gain
    Arroyo Seco Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Altadena, California.
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  • Sierra Madre, California

    Manzanita Ridge via Mt. Wilson Trail

    9.53 mi / 3796 ft gain
    Manzanita Ridge via Mt. Wilson Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Sierra Madre, California.
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  • Sierra Madre, California

    Mount Wilson Loop to Mount Yale and Jones Peak

    19.53 mi / 7759 ft gain
    Mount Wilson Loop to Mount Yale and Jones Peak is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Sierra Madre, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Idlehour Trail via Mount Wilson Trail

    18.48 mi / 5312 ft gain
    Idlehour Trail via Mount Wilson Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Altadena, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Henninger Flats Trail

    5.52 mi / 1434 ft gain
    Henninger Flats Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Pasadena, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Mueller Tunnel via Loma Alta Trailhead

    15.64 mi / 4938 ft gain
    Mueller Tunnel via Loma Alta Trailhead is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Altadena, California.
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  • Altadena, California

    Cobb Estate to Switzer Station via Lower San Merrill Trail

    10.29 mi / 3698 ft gain
    Cobb Estate to Switzer Station via Lower San Merrill Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Altadena, California.
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  • Arcadia, California

    Mount Zion via Sturtevant and Lower Winter Creek Trail Loop

    8.18 mi / 2671 ft gain
    Mount Zion via Sturtevant and Lower Winter Creek Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Sierra Madre, California.
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  • Los Angeles County, California

    Mount Lowe via Eaton Saddle

    5.68 mi / 1558 ft gain
    Mount Lowe via Eaton Saddle is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Palmdale, California.
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  • Los Angeles County, California

    Idlehour Trail

    14.89 mi / 4665 ft gain
    Idlehour Trail is an out-and-back trail that is strenuous located near Mount Wilson, California.
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  • Los Angeles County, California

    Backpack Bear Canyon

    6.8 mi / 689 ft gain
    Parking: Parking is available at the Switzer Falls Picnic Area, or in the two overflow lots on the hill. You will need an Adventure Pass to leave your car parked here. Make sure to follow posted signs - there are some parking spots that do not allow overnight parking. Amenities: Bear Canyon has ...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Backbone Trail from Will Rogers to Stunt Road

    16.53 mi / 4137 ft gain
    Backbone Trail from Will Rogers to Stunt Road is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Pacific Palisades, California.
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  • Palmdale, California

    Shortcut Canyon Trail To West Fork Campground

    7.13 mi / 1749 ft gain
    Shortcut Canyon Trail To West Fork Campground is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Palmdale, California.
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  • Los Angeles County, California

    Trail Canyon Falls

    4.63 mi / 935 ft gain
    Trail Canyon Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Sunland, California.
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