The Best Chillin in Los Angeles

Looking for the best chillin 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 chillin spots in and near Los Angeles

  • Los Angeles, California

    Be inspired at Watts Towers

    2.0
    Watts Towers are a quick 15-20 minute ride from Downtown Los Angeles on the Metro. Since I love weird, interesting things, plus the towers are in my backyard, I had to take a trip to check them out! When getting off the train, I half expected to see the towers spiraling off in the distance. After...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    A Picnic Overlooking Los Angeles

    4.2
    Vista Hermosa Natural Park is part of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. Located in the western gateway to Downtown Los Angeles, it’s very easy to drive by this hidden gem if you’re not looking for it. This park is the perfect mix of ur...
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  • Whittier, California

    Hike Sycamore Canyon Trail in Turnbull Canyon

    2.0
    4 mi / 250 ft gain
    The Sycamore Canyon Park Trailhead can be found at the end of the dirt parking lot off Workman Mill Road. The entrance is off a small road which is pretty easy to miss, but there is a sign off the main road. Soon after you start on the trail, the path opens up onto a larger dirt road for vehicle ...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Visit the Secret Swing in Elysian Park

    4.5
    0.3 mi / 360 ft gain
    For the most direct directions to the swing, plug in "Swing on top of Elysian Park" into google maps, which will take you directly to the trailhead. If you want to do it the more old fashion way, the swing is on top of a hill at the intersection of Angels Point Drive and Park Row Drive in Elysian...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike the City View and Walnut Forest Trails Loop

    4.0
    2.6 mi / 725 ft gain
    The City View and Walnut Forest Trails in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park are just outside of downtown Los Angeles, and are perfect for all abilities. The trails are most commonly used by dog walkers, trail runners, mountain bikers and families. The top of the hike features a unique pond. Dogs are a...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike to Glendale Peak via Henry's Trail

    4.0
    0.5 mi / 70 ft gain
    While not really a full hiking trail and more of a small detour, Henry's Trail is worth the small uphill climb to Glendale Peak.  The trail is accessed via the East Ridge Trail, about 2.6 miles from the Griffith Park Merry Go Round, on the east side of the bridge. The junction is clearly marked b...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike in Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area

    2.8 mi / 449 ft gain
    The Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area is just outside of downtown LA, a perfect location for hiking, trail running, and biking. The trail loops up to the top of a hill, where hikers get sweeping views of LA. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leash.  This is also a great location for trail running ...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike Mount Hollywood via Mount Bell Trail

    5.0
    6.6 mi / 1696 ft gain
    The Mount Hollywood and Mount Bell Trail is a 6.6 mile loop outside of downtown Los Angeles. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail is open year round, but is best used from October - February. Bring more water than you think you are going to need. 3-4 liters is recom...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Summit Mount Hollywood via the Fern Canyon Trail

    5.0
    6.5 mi
    At 1,625 feet Mt Hollywood is the second highest point in Griffith Park and provides picturesque views of the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory, Downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains. The hike to the Mt Hollywood Summit begins on the northeast side of Griffith Park near the f...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Explore the Bronson Bat Caves

    3.5
    0.6 mi / 50 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 fam...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike to the Hollywood Sign via Bush Canyon Trail

    4.5
    6.4 mi / 750 ft gain
    Getting to the parking lot near the trailhead and finding an open space can seem like the most daunting part of this whole excursion. There are free parking lots along the road to the trailhead, so keep an eye out. There are also several ways to get to the trailhead from other parking areas; I ad...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike the Aileen Getty Ridge Trail

    5.0
    3 mi / 1972 ft gain
    The Aileen Getty Ridge Trail is a singletrack trail that runs between Mt. Lee and Burbank Peak (the location of the Wisdom Tree). Though there are many options to access this trail, the most direct route is from the west via the Wonder View Trailhead. Start by parking on Lake Hollywood Drive near...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Hike the Lake Hollywood Trail

    4.5
    3.4 mi / 265 ft gain
    The Lake Hollywood Trail features beautiful wildflowers in the spring and is wheelchair accessible. A majority of the trail is paved, but approximately .6 miles is on dirt. Some of the trail is shaded, but bring sun protection regardless - especially in the summer. Dogs are not allowed on this tr...
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  • Glendale, California

    HIke the Brand Library Loop

    5.0
    6.2 mi / 2371 ft gain
    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.The first half-mile rises over 500 feet to a plateau, equipped with benches, a park map and views of Griffith ...
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  • Glendale, California

    Hike the Beaudry Loop

    5.8 mi / 1594 ft gain
    The Beaudry Loop trail features a bench at the top with 360 degree views of the greater LA area. The trailhead is a little hidden on Beaudry Blvd. As Beaudry Blvd turns into Beaudry Terrace, you'll see cars parked at the paved trailhead. There is very little shade on the trail so bring ample sun ...
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  • Altadena, California

    Hiking to Eaton Canyon Falls

    4.3
    3.7 mi / 375 ft gain
    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. Normally the water is waist deep, but during this recent trip, we found the water only to stop at our ankles as it tends to fluct...
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