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L.A. Walks

Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a city of 3.8 million.

  • This great L.A. walk takes in architectural gems, and fine city views

    This great L.A. walk takes in architectural gems, and fine city views

    An important L.A. architectural artifact and a small public green space, hidden in the heart of East Hollywood, are the backdrop for this short stroll in the Barnsdall Art Park. It’s mostly flat, but involves several staircases. Shady on a hot day, this 36-acre park offers fine views of the city...

  • Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center

    Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center

    Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Lake View Terrace is a popular spot for swimming, horseback riding, golf and soccer. But it’s also a wide-open space laced with footpaths. Here’s a circular walk that will give you a good feel for the place without wearing you out. 1. Enter by turning southeast from...

  • Hike Vasquez Rocks, famous from 'Westworld' and 'Planet of the Apes'

    Hike Vasquez Rocks, famous from 'Westworld' and 'Planet of the Apes'

    People all over the world know Vasquez Rocks because it’s been a featured location for decades in movies such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Blazing Saddles” and TV shows like “Westworld” and “Star Trek.” But I’m always surprised by how few Los Angeles residents have seen the strange lunar landscape...

  • Cool canyon trails, glorious ocean views: You need to take this hike

    Cool canyon trails, glorious ocean views: You need to take this hike

    This popular walk in the Santa Monica mountains offers cool canyon trails and glorious ocean views. But it can get crowded, and it can be hot. Go early, bring plenty of water and plan on having a snack break or a picnic at Parker Mesa Overlook. Signs warn to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and...

  • A great workout hike — with stunning views

    A great workout hike — with stunning views

    The Verdugo Mountains separating the communities of Montrose and La Crescenta from Glendale and Burbank rise sharply and present impressive city and valley views. Here’s a brisk hike that will get you to the top in a hurry — huffing and puffing. Go early in the day to beat the heat. Take lots of...

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