Best Running in Los Angeles

Looking for the best running 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 incredible Outbound community.

  • Run the Baxter Steps

    This set of stairs near Dodger Stadium is Los Angeles is a great way to get a workout and stretch your legs. Unfortunately it is not dog-friendly. 

    0.2 miles 101 ft gain

  • Hike the Hellman Park Trail

    This trail is great if you're looking for a quick, but intense workout. The hike itself is only 4 miles out- and-back and can be easily completed within a couple of hours. However, be prepared for a steep and steady incline for the first 1.5 miles...

    4 miles 850 ft gain

  • Hike the Skyline Drive Trail to Water Tank

    Skyline Drive Trail to Water Tank is a 3.7 mile out-and-back hike with scenic views of the surrounding Whittier and Los Angeles cityscapes. 

    3.7 miles 885 ft gain

  • Secret Stairs Astro Loop

    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 ...

  • Running the Arroyo Seco Trail

    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 ...

    2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Trail Run to Beacon Hill

    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 s...

    3.2 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike to Glendale Peak via Henry's Trail

    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 si...

    0.5 miles 70 ft gain

  • Hike in Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area

    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....

    2.8 miles 449 ft gain

  • Run Griffith Observatory's West Trail

    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...

    2 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Hollywood via Mount Bell Trail

    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 yo...

    6.6 miles 1696 ft gain

  • Run the Culver City Stairs

    The Culver City Stairs are an outdoor staircase designed into the trails leading up to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. This particular staircase is uniquely constructed to blend into the landscape and is comprised of 282 uneven stairs. The stai...

  • Run Runyon Canyon

    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 eleva...

    3.25 miles 800 ft gain