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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.)

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

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

    This centrally located Mt. Washington walk is freeway close and just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. But it gets off the beaten path quickly and offers serenity, silence and solitude. 1. Start walking from San Rafael Avenue, near the corner of Elyria Drive near the stately Self-Realization Fellowship...

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

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

    Malibu Creek State Park, in the Calabasas area north of Los Angeles, is a great hiking hangout, replete with sunny hillsides, shady valleys and hidden streams and lakes. But it's so popular that parking, especially on the weekend, is a nightmare. (It could be even more crowded while Runyon Canyon...

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

    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 separating broad green lawns, teaches some interesting American military history and offers a chance to honor the men and women who died in...

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

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

    From 1924 to 1936, tens of thousands of fans filled the stands at New Ascot Speedway near Ascot Hills Park, just minutes outside downtown Los Angeles. Now the 93 acres of hillside above the long-gone El Sereno racetrack are a quiet refuge for walkers and their dogs. Start this walk in the first...

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

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

    This San Dimas stroll will be too far afield for some folks, but Bonelli Park is a great place to take a long, flat walk by a large body of water that isn't the ocean. 1. Find your way to the back side of Brackett Field Airport, at the large parking lot at 1615 McKinley Ave. After admiring quaint...

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

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

    Everyone goes to Manhattan Beach to swim, surf or walk on the Strand to look at the ocean. But here's a long, grassy walk you can do without getting sand in your shoes. 1. Begin near Herondo Street and Valley Drive, at the southernmost point of Veterans Parkway. This wide, 3.5-mile-long green belt...

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

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

    Sierra Madre was the starting point for many expeditions into the San Gabriel Mountains during the "great hiking era," which began in the 1880s and continued until the Great Depression. From a former pack station that also functioned as a speak-easy and gambling house, this charming mountain community...

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

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

    Griffith Park and environs are laced with equestrian trails, and some of them offer good walking too. This one features a horse tunnel under the freeway and a horse bridge over the Los Angeles River. Of course the horses have the right of way, but this route is a great flat walk for bipeds too....

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

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

    Mere blocks from the busy streets and freeways dividing Silver Lake from Echo Park and Atwater Village is a wide, bucolic green space: all that's left of the Red Car electric trolley line that once ran from downtown Los Angeles through Edendale and to Glendale and beyond. The trolley's tracks and...

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

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

    Like so many hidden Los Angeles gems, Rocky Peak Park in Simi Valley is one of those places I'd driven near and wondered about for decades. What a treat to find this alluring lunar landscape in the Santa Susana Mountains so freeway-close and easy to find. 1. Take the Rocky Peak Road exit off the...

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