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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. (Click here to see a map of all our L.A. Walks.)

  • Wattles Garden Park reopens to walkers and hikers

    Wattles Garden Park reopens to walkers and hikers

    Wattles Garden Park is a bucolic, verdant garden in the heart of Hollywood. It's loaded with history, and a delightful place to have a picnic, watch a sunset or just hang out. This easy walk will introduce you to the many charms of this recently restored Los Angles landmark, closed for many years...

  • Cool shade awaits at Fern Dell in Griffith Park

    Cool shade awaits at Fern Dell in Griffith Park

    This delightful oasis, a beloved destination for my wife when she was a young girl and our daughters when she was a young mother, is one of the few local walks that can be done at midday, no matter the season, entirely in the shade. Even in September, this Griffith Park canyon is a cool, quiet...

  • Old Town Pasadena's lesser-known side

    Old Town Pasadena's lesser-known side

    This walk is easy on the legs but full of wonders for the eyes and mind — beautiful buildings, weird history and more — through the lesser-known side of Old Town Pasadena. Central Park at the corner of Green Street and South Raymond Avenue begins the walking route in Old Town Pasadena. (Gina Ferazzi...

  • Visiting the post-makeover Echo Park Lake

    Visiting the post-makeover Echo Park Lake

    For the last two years, Echo Park Lake has been hidden behind chain link and plastic tarp. Now, after a makeover, the fountains are flowing, the water is clear, the lotuses are back and people are using the park. The space is the urban gem its designers imagined more than a century ago, when nearby...

  • Hiking Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls in the Angeles National Forest

    Hiking Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls in the Angeles National Forest

    This walk in the Angeles National Forest is a great chance to get some real mountain hiking experience without driving too far or breaking too much of a sweat. It gets a little crowded on weekends, so go early for the best parking spaces. Wear boots or shoes that will tolerate a dunking, because...

  • Gates reopen for Lake Hollywood strolls

    Gates reopen for Lake Hollywood strolls

    High in the hills, perched between Hollywood and Vine and the Hollywood sign, sits scenic Lake Hollywood, a reservoir held back by a dam designed by the great water wrangler William Mulholland. Flanked by a classic California mix of oak, pine, eucalyptus, agave and sage, and circled by a pedestrian...

  • Santa Monica Beach, with a power-up option

    Santa Monica Beach, with a power-up option

    This beach-and-bluffs walk in Santa Monica is a great way to soak up some scenery, take in some salty air and learn a little local history. It can be a gentle walk or a generous workout — depending on whether you use any (or all!) of the four massive staircases that connect the top of the walk...

  • Follow the winding path at Elysian Park

    Follow the winding path at Elysian Park

    Panoramic city and mountain views are a feature of this trail near Dodger Stadium.

  • Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area waterfowl viewing

    Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area waterfowl viewing

    Near the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways, in the green space below the Sepulveda Dam, is a haven for many species of winged wildlife. Nearby are a hidden Japanese garden, an archery range and a string of cricket pitches. More from L.A. Walks: Explore Los Angeles by foot 1. Depart from the...

  • Hermon Park to views in Debs Park near downtown

    Hermon Park to views in Debs Park near downtown

    Here is a lovely country-in-the-city walk, with delightful views, varied greenery and an unlikely hilltop lake — all within 15 minutes of downtown Los Angeles. The view across Via Marisol into Hermon Park, at the beginning of a hike into Ernest Debs Regional Park. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)...

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