Hiking Los Angeles and Vicinity
The map and table included below contain all the Los Angeles hikes and those in surrounding areas covered on this site.
Since most of the hiking in Los Angeles, and certainly the best hiking in Los Angeles, is contained in two major mountain ranges, this site has a separate page dedicated to each of these mountain ranges. These are the magnificent San Gabriel Mountains and the wondrous Santa Monica Mountains. While the hikes from those ranges are included in the map and table on this page, the pages for those mountain ranges contain other information for hiking Los Angeles that you may find useful.
Los Angeles is a large and complex city and is geographically quite extensive and densely populated. Los Angeles County is larger still – its population of almost 10 million is greater than that of 42 individual states, and its area of 4,083 square miles is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Because of this great size, the wonderful Southern California weather, and the diverse mountain and desert terrain, hiking Los Angeles and the surrounding areas is quite enjoyable and there are many wonderful hikes close to the city.
The diversity of the available hikes in Los Angeles is really quite extraordinary, and most people are surprised to discover the incredible natural beauty that exists in the mountain ranges here. Most associate Southern California with the ocean and beaches, and of course we are blessed in this regard. Note that you can of course also take some great beach hikes here as well. However in my opinion, the most spectacular natural areas of Los Angeles are in our glorious mountain ranges.
Additional Los Angeles hikes may be added moving forward in other areas, and at that time these Los Angeles hikes will be added to the map and table on this page. In the meantime, some of these other areas for hiking in Los Angeles can be found on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and in the Baldwin Hills area.
Note that in addition to this page for hiking Los Angeles this site contains pages for other Southern California hiking areas as well. In addition there are hiking lists that can help you to choose a hike by type. Also, Hikers U provides lots of great information that you may find helpful for your hiking adventures. So check out the maps and hike descriptions, pick a hike, and go for it!
Map of Los Angeles Hikes and Surrounding Areas
Table of Los Angeles Hikes & Surrounding Areas
|Hike Name||Difficulty||Type||Location||Length (RT)||Time||Elevation||Summary|
|Middle Fork Lytle Creek to Lower Fall Set||Strenuous||Waterfall/Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Lytle Creek Area||6.5 miles||5 hrs||1,500'||Magnificent alpine canyon featuring perennial stream, old growth pines and cedars, and spectacular waterfalls - but rough ride to trail head.|
|Lower Holcomb Canyon Hike||Moderate||Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Devils Punchbowl Area||5 miles||3 hrs||500'||Beautiful secluded canyon with perennial stream|
|Runyon Canyon Hike||Easy to Moderate||Beginner/View hike||Santa Monicas-Hollywood Hills||3 miles||1.5 hrs||800'||A good cardio workout with great city and ocean views, and dog friendly. A bit crowded yes, but also close to the city.|
|Trail Canyon Falls||Moderate||Waterfall Hike||San Gabriels - Big Tujunga Canyon Area||4.2 miles||3 hrs||700'||Well graded trail up a dramatic canyon to a lovely 40' waterfall|
|Upper Eaton Canyon||Strenuous||Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Mt Wilson Area||7 miles||5 hrs||1,500'||Drop into the pristine alpine wilderness in the upper reaches of this famous canyon, miles from the crowds far below - and above.|
|Etiwanda Falls||Easy to Moderate||Waterfall Hike||San Gabriels - Rancho Cucamonga Area||4 miles||2 hrs||700'||Well graded though shadeless trail to lovely tree-lined stream with multi-tiered waterfall 100' total height|
|Devils Punchbowl Punchbowl Creek Hike||Moderate to Strenuous||Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Devils Punchbowl Area||7 miles||5 hrs||1,200'||Dramatic sculpted sandstone and spectacular geologic formations, with waterfalls and pools in season, all deep in the bowels of the Devil's Punchbowl far from the crowds on the defined trails|
|Temescal Canyon Hike – Los Angeles||Easy to Moderate||Beginner/Waterfall hike||Santa Monicas - Topanga State Park||3 miles||2 hrs||900'||Great beginner’s loop trail featuring expansive ocean, city, and canyon views, a lovely seasonal stream with waterfalls, and old growth oak and sycamore forest|
|Cooper Canyon Falls – Buckhorn Falls Hike||Moderate||Waterfall/Adventure Hike||San Gabriels- Buckhorn Campground Area||5 Miles||5 hrs||1,000'||The San Gabriel high country at its best - alpine scenery, old growth pines and cedars, lovely waterfalls.|
|Allison Gulch Falls Hike||Strenuous||Waterfall/Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - East Fork San Gabriel River Area||10 miles||6 hrs||2000'||Boulder hop up a rugged gorge from its confluence with the East Fork San Gabriel River to the rarely seen 80' tall Allison Gulch Falls.|
|Rubio Canyon Waterfalls Hike||Moderately Strenuous||Waterfall/Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Altadena Area||3 miles||4 hrs||1,100'||Easy hike to first fall, but then adventure hike on unmaintained trail with some hazardous scrambling to get to viewpoints of spectacular waterfalls.|
|Eaton Canyon Falls||Easy||Beginner/Waterfall hike||San Gabriels- Altadena Area||4 miles||1.5 hrs||650'||Nice hike up easy to follow but sometimes crowded trail to mostly year round flowing 40' waterfall.|
|Sturtevant Falls||Easy||Beginner/Waterfall hike||San Gabriels - Santa Anita Canyon||3.5 miles||1.5 hrs||650'||Easy hike, but very popular and often crowded, into gorgeous Santa Anita Canyon to lovely 40' waterfall.|
|Devils Punchbowl Devils Chair from Below||Moderately Strenuous||Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Devils Punchbowl Area||4.5 miles||4 hrs||800'||View the dramatic Devils Chair formation from below, deep in the bowels of the spectacular geologic formations of the Devils Punchbowl, after entering the Punchbowl from the confluence of Punchbowl Creek with Big Rock Creek. All off trail with boulder hopping up stream and several areas of Class 3 and 4 scrambling.|
|Stoddard Canyon Falls||Moderately Strenuous||Waterfall/Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Mt Baldy Area||4 miles||4 hrs||1,100'||Relatively easy hike to first fall, but then adventure hike with no trail and some dangerous scrambling/climbing to access spectacular waterfalls.|
|Dawn Mine Hike||Moderate||Mine/Waterfall/Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Altadena Area||6 miles||4 hrs||1,500'||This entertaining hike up wooded Millard Canyon in the San Gabriel front range features great waterfalls, a lovely seasonal stream, and a super cool abandoned gold mine.|
|Solstice Canyon Hike||Easy to Moderate||Beginner/Waterfall/View hike||Santa Monicas - Malibu Area||3 miles||3 hrs||950'||Hike into a wonderful sea side canyon featuring great ocean views, old growth oak trees, interesting historical ruins, and a lovely seasonal waterfall.|
|Switzer Falls||Easy to Moderate||Beginner/Waterfall/View hike||San Gabriels - Arroyo Seco Area||5 - 6 miles||3 - 4 hrs||750'||Hike into a historic canyon to see a wonderful 50' tall waterfall in a beautiful wooded gorge with great views and numerous pools and cascades. Nice, popular trail with optional off trail segment up-stream to reach base of Switzer Falls.|
|Mt Waterman Hike||Easy to Moderate||Beginner/View hike||San Gabriels - Mt Waterman Area||6 miles||4 hrs||1,200'||Hike on excellent trail to the summit of 8,041' Waterman Mountain (aka Mt Waterman), in the magnificent San Gabriel high country. Exposed granite, great views, and healthy alpine forest give this hike a flavor of the Sierras, but much closer to home.|
|Big Horn Mine||Easy||Mine/View Hike||San Gabriels - Vincent Gap Area||4 miles||2 hrs||650'||Hike to the surprisingly extensive remains of an abandoned gold mine high on the side of massive Mt Baden-Powell. The alpine scenery in this area of the San Gabriel Mountains is spectacular, and if you're adventurous you may be able to explore the mine as well.|
|Santa Ynez Canyon Trail||Easy||Beginner/Waterfall hike||Santa Monicas - Topanga State Park||2.5 miles||1.5 hrs||250'||Easy hike to a lovely sculpted sandstone gorge with a small seasonal 15′ waterfall.|
|Grizzly Gulch||Moderately Strenuous||Waterfall/Adventure Hike||San Gabriels - Lytle Creek Area||6 miles||5 hrs||2,300'||Hike, boulder hop, and climb short sections into a wild, pristine, and intensely unique gorge featuring stunning white cliffs.|