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L.A. Walks
Hikers rest along a pond at Paradise Falls. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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.

Tackle this LA hike, and you'll be rewarded with sweeping Valley views

This hillside hike high above Tarzana and Encino is a gateway to the Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park. It features some steep sections but pays off with huge views of the San Fernando Valley.

A shaded hike in La Cañada Flintridge that's perfect on a hot, sunny L.A. day

Largely shaded during the afternoon, this is a good hot day route. But the slippery surfaces require sturdy legs and good shoes, and make this a dry-weather walk only.

Why you want to take a stroll through one of L.A.'s most famous cemeteries

A cemetery might not seem the most appealing place to take a walk in Los Angeles, but Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Glendale is a delight.

Great L.A. Walks: Strolling Pasadena greenery

Here's an urban walk in Pasadena, easily accessible by car, bike, bus or Metro, that offers plenty of the green stuff.

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

Shady on a hot day, the 36-acre Barnsdall Art Park offers fine views of the city and a lovely lawn for picnics.

Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center

Here’s a circular walk in Lake View Terrace that will give you a good feel for the sprawling Hansen Dam Recreation Center — without wearing you out.

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

You've seen this otherworldly landscape on TV and in movies. Here's how to hike it.

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

It's easy to see why this is one of the most popular hikes in the Santa Monica mountains.

A great workout hike — with stunning views

A plaque tells you that you’ve climbed more than 1,300 feet from the 1,300-foot elevation starting point. No wonder you’re tired! Enjoy the big views.

Try this great L.A. Walk: Strolling around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

This 3.2 mile walk circles the iconic bowl, giving strollers the ability to appreciate it from almost every much-photographed angle.

This urban stroll along the L.A. River includes a prime picnicking spot

This landscaped riverside walk traverses the southern end of the San Fernando Valley.

Explore the new historic park outside DTLA

This walk circumnavigates the 32-acre site outside downtown Los Angeles, and makes for a history-laden leg stretch.

An L.A. way to get to 10K steps: Hike a former Hollywood movie ranch

Trek through a former movie ranch, where "Star Trek" and other TV and movies were shot.

Take a great L.A. walk around the La Brea Tar Pits

Looking for a great place to walk in L.A.? The La Brea Tar Pits are calling your name.

Take a hike into a ghost town — not far from DTLA

Nearby Valencia is home to California's first oil well, and the ghost town that echoes with memories of the man who founded it.

Great L.A. Walks: This short, steep hike takes you high above Burbank

The Verdugo Mountains rise sharply and form a striking backdrop to Glendale and Burbank. Here is a short, steep hike that gets a good feel for them, and for the

L.A. Walks: Strolling around the lakes in El Dorado Park in Long Beach

Most people probably visualize the Pacific Ocean when they think about Long Beach and a body of water. But El Dorado East Regional Park, in the eastern part of

Strolling the L.A. River, before it all changes

Communities along the L.A. River are transitioning. Here's a walk through Frogtown, near Silver Lake and Atwater Village, that shows off the waterway to great advantage.

This hike takes you to an (allegedly) haunted mansion: The Cobb Estate in Altadena

A hike at the old Cobb Estate in Altadena, Calif. Take in the grounds of this property now owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

This L.A. walk takes you — and your dog — on a scenic oceanfront stroll in Long Beach

L.A. Walks with Charles Fleming:

You’d never believe this serene hike is just outside DTLA

This Mount Washington walk offers serenity, silence and solitude -- even though it's right outside DTLA

Think Malibu Creek State Park is too crowded for a hike? Here's a sneaky way in

Hiking in Malibu Creek State Park can mean crowds and parking problems. Use the northern entrance; you'll have a better experience.

This Memorial Day, take a walk to honor those who died serving their country

Is it weird to take a walk in a cemetery? It needn't be. This is a gentle stroll inside the Los Angeles National Cemetery that takes you along shaded lanes

Just outside DTLA, there's a scenic, dog-friendly hike where race cars once roared

The 93 acres of hillside above the long-gone New Ascot Speedway in El Sereno are a quiet refuge for walkers and their dogs.

You'll take in reservoir views and patrolling hawks on this scenic San Dimas walk

Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park offers a walk near Puddingstone Reservoir and views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Mt. Baldy.

Here's a walk in Manhattan Beach that's all about the grass instead of the sand

L.A. Walks: Trade the sand for grass on the scenic trail at Veterans Parkway in Manhattan Beach.

This Sierra Madre trail conjures the 'great hiking era' of the Old West

L.A. Walks: A simple walk in charming Sierra Madre at the edge of the San Gabriel Mountains includes a brush with history.

Whoa! This equestrian trail in Griffith Park is great for walking

An equestrian trail in Griffith Park is good for people too. This walk begins near Los Angeles Live Steamers.

L.A. Walks: Trek a ghost route left by the long-gone Red Car trolley line in Silver Lake

L.A. Walks: A two-mile walk along a trail that was once the Red Car route from Silver Lake through Glendale

One reason to hike Rocky Peak in Simi Valley? Otherworldly rock formations

L.A. Walks: Otherworldly views on a trail through Rocky Peak Park in the Santa Susana Mountains

Oceanside Abalone Cove Trail on Palos Verdes is a walk to awe over

Tucked into the Palos Verdes coastline, this quiet cove offers good walking, great ocean views, a secluded beach and some of Southern California's most

Walk through MacArthur and Lafayette parks is a stroll through time

L.A. Walks: History, beauty and architecture in a stroll through MacArthur Park and Lafayette Park west of downtown L.A.

Solstice Canyon hike in Malibu takes in ruins of old estate

L.A. Walks: Solstice Canyon hike offers ocean views, shaded canyons and the bones of an old estate.

Break from the bustle of L.A. with a hike in Elyria Canyon Park

L.A. Walks: A walk along Elyria Canyon Park, between Cypress Park and Mount Washington, offers solitude and good views.

L.A. Walks: An easy stroll in East L.A. at Belvedere Park

L.A. Walks: Belvedere, a county park in East Los Angeles, has a beautiful lake and ball fields for an easy stroll.

La Tuna Canyon fire road leads to views of city, peaks, even the ocean

This popular route north of Burbank, more of a hike than a walk, is a steady climb into the Verdugo Mountains, punctuated by shortcuts up steep inclines.

Wilson Golf Course in Griffith Park a fine walk near the links

L.A. Walks: Pedestrians can take in the green expanse of a section of Griffith Park's Wilson Golf Course.

Art and nature along the Tujunga Wash in the Valley

L.A. Walks: The Tujunga Wash Greenway in the San Fernando Valley offers natural wonders and an epic mural.

Hiking Kenneth Hahn to surprising views and a glistening gem

L.A. Walks: Head to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, a surprisingly lush walk in Culver City with a rushing stream, Japanese garden and some of the best city views in Los Angeles.

Griffith Park's charming surprises are just steps away

L.A. Walks: Griffith Park's merry-go-round and the ruins of the original zoo link up on this brisk stroll.

Stoney Point Park has a tricky path to rocky views

L.A. Walks: Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth has a tricky path to views of rock climbers.

A lakeside hike at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

L.A. Walks: Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, a county park in South El Monte, offers an easy lakeside hike with views of swans and herons.

For a trail with pleasing flow, hit Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks

L.A. Walks: Head to Thousand Oaks' Wildwood Park, where the trail to Paradise Falls leads to a robust waterfall.

Step by step, a way to health, happiness and friendship

L.A. Walks: Climbing the city's little-known public staircases helped him sidestep surgery and kick-started a movement among urban explorers.

Footloose in Fryman Canyon

L.A. Walks: Follow the Fryman Canyon path, once named the best running trail in the city, all the way to the Tree People headquarters.

L.A. Walks: Cascades of the California Aqueduct

L.A. Walks: In Sylmar, walkers can see cascades of water from the Los Angeles Aqueduct spill into the L.A. area.

Wattles Garden Park reopens to walkers and hikers

L.A. Walks: Wattles Garden Park reopening offers walkers a casual stroll, or hikers the start of an ambitious workout.

Cool shade awaits at Fern Dell in Griffith Park

L.A. Walks: A stroll through Griffith Park's Fern Dell is always a cool restorative

Old Town Pasadena's lesser-known side

This walk around Old Town Pasadena takes you to Jensen's Raymond Theatre, Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art and more.

Visiting the post-makeover Echo Park Lake

A walk around Echo Park Lake offers views of downtown, and straying nearby leads to L.A.'s best collection of Victorian era houses.

Hiking Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls in the Angeles National Forest

L.A. Walks: From Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls in the San Gabriels

Gates reopen for Lake Hollywood strolls

L.A. Walks: Gates reopen for Lake Hollywood strolls

Santa Monica Beach, with a power-up option

L.A. Walks: Santa Monica with ocean views and stairway power options

Follow the winding path at Elysian Park

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

Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area waterfowl viewing

Walks in Los Angeles: Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area waterfowl viewing and Japanese Garden.

Hermon Park to views in Debs Park near downtown

A hike that begins in Hermon Park north of downtown Los Angeles and into Debs Park has views and a picturesque pond.

A Griffith Park hiking path for newcomers

Here's a beginner's guide to a mellow, uncrowded walk in Griffith Park with great views.

L.A. Walks: City views from Baldwin Hills park

A guide to hiking in Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Park in Culver City.

A peaceful stroll through Silver Lake Meadow

A peaceful stroll through Silver Lake Meadow

King Gillette Ranch in Malibu

King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains is among the newest Southern California parks.

Walk along the L.A. River near Griffith Park

The Los Angeles River in some stretches is more flood control channel than river — but it's also a bike path, a walking path, and increasingly a nature preserve.

L.A. Walks: Cherry Canyon in La Cañada-Flintridge

A walk through Cherry Canyon begins in La Cañada-Flintridge and winds steeply through oaks and sycamores to beautiful views.

L.A. Walks: Naples in Long Beach

L.A. Walks: Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir

Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir offers options for an easy walk or a more challenging hike.

Southwest Museum / Eldred stairs

L.A. Walks: Hollenbeck Park / Boyle Heights

L.A. Walks: Radio Hill

This is an unexpectedly bucolic walk through city-center neighborhoods unknown even to most Los Angeles natives, offering great downtown views and unlikely encounters with nature and history.

L.A. Walks: A step-by-step guide to Malibu's Sandstone Peak

If you're up for a long walk in the Malibu hills that features ocean and city views and varying terrain, head for the Sandstone Peak trail head.

L.A. Walks: Beachwood Canyon and the Hollywood sign

L.A. Walks: Will Rogers State Park

L.A. Walks / Will Rogers State Park: Will Rogers' former estate in Pacific Palisades provides the starting point for a hike that affords staggering views and polo matches if you time it right.

L.A. Walks: Rancho Palos Verdes, Del Cerro Park

The walk is vigorous, but the rewards are classic coastal chaparral, spectacular ocean views and cool sea breezes. It's the perfect walk for late summer.

The Arroyo Seco in Pasadena

A lovely country-in-the-city walk.

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