The Best Photography in Los Angeles

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

  • Los Angeles, California

    Sunset Hike in Ascot Hills

    3.5
    Ascot Hills Park is a great hidden gem located a few miles east of Los Angeles. There is a parking lot with plenty of parking but the gates close at sunset, which is a great time to go, so if you plan on staying later, park outside the gates where there is ample street parking. Depending on the s...
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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

    Secret Stairs Astro Loop

    3.0
    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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  • Pasadena, California

    Running the Arroyo Seco Trail

    4.7
    2 mi / 100 ft gain
    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.From bird-watching to archery, this trail provides a peaceful atmosphere with no lapse in beauty. The trail which is around 1.5 ...
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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

    Run Griffith Observatory's West Trail

    4.2
    2 mi / 600 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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  • 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 Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign

    4.1
    3.5 mi / 383 ft gain
    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. The trailhead is at the end of Beachwood Drive and was closed for quite some time due to construction, but reopened January 2015. When driving up Beachwood, you will encounter...
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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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  • Signal Hill, California

    Hilltop Park

    5.0
    Hilltop Park is located in Signal Hill and offers an unmatched panoramic view of the Los Angeles Basin. If you go on a clear day, you may even be lucky enough to see Catalina Island and the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains. This park is the perfect spot for families, dogs, and even dates. T...
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  • Los Angeles, California

    Wisdom Tree

    4.8
    0.95 mi / 528 ft gain
    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. Here, walk through the yellow gate and make the first right after the road turns to dirt. Head up this unmarked single track path heading east up the mountain....
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