Regardless of where communing with nature sits on your to-do list for 2017, Los Angeles has you covered with some of the most spectacular hiking trails on the west coast.
When you decide to venture out for a hike this year, be sure to include these iconic trails as they not only offer incredible hikes to get you fit, but also majestic views that are sure to inspire.
The Mt. Baldy trail among the San Gabriel Mountains is 11.3 miles in length, bringing you 10,064 feet above sea level. Reaching the summit is somewhat strenuous, but often considered a rite of passage for LA hikers.
Temescal Canyon Trail is a 3-mile loop trail near Pacific Palisades, good for all skill levels, and featuring a waterfall as well as ocean and canyon views.
The West Griffith Observatory Trail is 2 mile hike, starting near the Trails Cafe, and offering views of the Hollywood sign and rolling hills, as well as the sprawling cityscape.
Miche Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak
The Miche Mokwa Trail is a 6.25 miles loop to Sandstone Peak, the tallest point in the Santa Monica mountains, offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and the Malibu coastline.
At 1.3 miles, this unofficial trail is tougher than the West Trail, with short steep climbs, but the payoff is immense with stunning views of the canyon and all the way to Downtown LA.
This rugged 3 mile trail features relentless ascents and tremendous views of Griffith Park, traversing east toward recently-saved Cahuenga Peak.
Malibu Creek State Park
The lower trails within Malibu Creek State Park traverse 8 miles round-trip, offering a moderate hike with gorgeous scenery of the Santa Monica Mountain streams and lakes, popular for a mid-hike dip. The set of the TV show MASH is also located along the main hiking trail, offering photo ops with old deteriorating army vehicles.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
This 2.3 mile hike is moderately difficult and on a clear day offers views from the Pacific Ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains.
Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa
The Los Liones Trail is 7.2 miles round-trip. The worthwhile ascent to Parker Mesa, shaded by lush forest, provides spectacular views of the coastline in Topanga State Park.
Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats
Hike Mt. Wilson via the Chantry Flats Trail near Sierra Madre and traverse 12.7 miles with a hefty elevation gain of 4,842 feet. Enjoy amazing vistas of the mountainous terrain and be sure to stop at the waterfall on your way up.
Bridge to Nowhere
The East Fork trail is 9 miles of wooded terrain, which takes hikers along the banks of the San Gabriel River with views of the mountains, river and the iconic and mysterious Bridge to Nowhere.
Mt. Baden Powell
The Mount Baden Powell trail is 8 miles round-trip and perhaps one of the most challenging hikes in LA, the northern face being one of the tallest peaks in the San Gabriels. Nevertheless, this trail has stunning gnarled trees and one of the greatest panoramas of the city.
Enjoy the local flora and fauna on the Terranea Trails. Head down to the Beach Sea Caves along Palos Verdes Peninsula for views of the steep bluffs, large rocks to climb, and a stunning oceanfront.
The Point Dume trail is about 3 miles round-trip along the breathtaking coastline of Malibu, offering views of the white-sand beaches and stunningly translucent blue water.
Kenneth Hahn Community Loop Trail
The Community Loop Trail is located in the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. The hike is 2.6 miles with a 243 feet incline and views of downtown, the San Gabriels, the Hollywood Hills, and beyond.
This is an incredibly picturesque, mostly shaded canyon hike in the Santa Monica Mountains runs 3.4 miles. Some highlights include the oldest still-standing stone building in Malibu, a small waterfall and creek, and the ruins of a moderate mansion.
The Sturtevant Falls trail is a 3.1-mile hike, suitable for most ages, that brings you to a remarkable 50-foot waterfall within the Santa Anita Canyon.