Note: The recent wildfires have closed or compromised many of Los Angeles' coastal walks -- or access to them. Please check with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for the most current information on walks close to wildfire areas.
A new causeway over the water and a new pathway along the shore have made strolling Silver Lake Reservoir all the more delightful. Go late weekday mornings to avoid the crowds, or evenings and weekends to people-watch.
Go when the hills are still green from the rain, and the wildflowers are showing themselves, for a great Santa Clarita Valley workout.
The Palos Verdes peninsula is laced with equestrian trails, bike trails and hiking trails. Here is an introductory walk that offers a nice flat stroll through lovely eucalyptus shade.
Folks may think more about great Chinese food than great walking when they head for Monterey Park. But this is a great city stroll that will help you burn off the lo mein and moo shu.
Angeles Crest Highway is one of Southern California's best motoring roads, with high elevations and huge vistas. It’s also the entry point to hiking backdrops that rival the Sierra Nevada, and this one, which takes you to the top of the Mt. Waterman ski area.
Grab a hat, water and some sunscreen. There's little shade on this hike into the Santa Monica Mountains, but plenty of gorgeous ocean views.
This hike from Mulholland Drive has panoramic views and a Cold War missile system. Picnic table included
Here’s a short, simple hilltop walk off one of L.A.’s most famous streets — Mulholland Drive. The hilltop destination offers unimpeded 360-degree views of the city, the valley and the coastline. It also features some West Coast Cold War history.
An only in L.A. workout: Griffith Park is a popular hiking destination with dozens of trails and routes. This one will guide you through one of the park’s little known sanctuaries, while giving you magnificent views of the city.
Our city has great walks in the most unexpected places. One terrific open space is nestled against the housing developments of the West Valley: This is a brief introduction to the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 3.2 mile walk circles the iconic bowl, giving strollers the ability to appreciate it from almost every much-photographed angle.
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
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
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.
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.
Hiking in Malibu Creek State Park can mean crowds and parking problems. Use the northern entrance; you'll have a better experience.
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
The 93 acres of hillside above the long-gone New Ascot Speedway in El Sereno are a quiet refuge for walkers and their dogs.
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park offers a walk near Puddingstone Reservoir and views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Mt. Baldy.
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
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.
More than 100 years ago, a developer conceived the mad idea of building a "Venice of America," dedicated to the fine arts, complete with canals, gondolas and imported Italian gondoliers. The experiment failed, and the gondoliers went home, but the canals remain and are splendid for a stroll.
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.
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.
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.
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 / 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.
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.