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.)

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

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

    Corriganville was one of Southern California’s premier movie ranches, where from the 1930s to the 1970s camera crews shot seemingly everything from film director John Ford’s “Fort Apache” to the TV shows “Sky King” and “Star Trek.” Today it’s a public park, but it still has traces of its Hollywood...

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

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

    Animals strolling here in past millenniums got stuck in the muck, but today the La Brea Tar Pits’ open-air museum is a great place to take a walk. Stroller- and wheelchair-friendly, it’s a good way to soak up some science while getting some exercise — and add some culture by visiting some of the...

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

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

    Even people who know Los Angeles well (or think they do, like me) may be surprised to learn there is a well preserved ghost town, the site of Southern California’s first commercial oil well, freeway-close in nearby Valencia. But Mentryville is all that and more — including a movie set and a great...

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

    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 broad views they offer on the way up. Wear good shoes and be prepared for a good holiday season workout. 1. Begin this walk high above...

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

    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 the city, contains six lakes. This walk takes in four of them, and includes lovely pathways and unexpected wildlife. Enter north into El...

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

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

    If current trends persist, the properties fronting the Los Angeles River could become some of the city’s most desirable addresses. For now, this urban Frogtown walk goes through some neighborhoods still transitioning from marginal to hip. 1. Begin your stroll at the Great Heron Gates where they...

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

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

    Lumber magnate Charles Cobb and his wife, Carrie, built an Altadena mansion in 1918. Over the next decades, the Spanish-themed estate survived brush fires, a public plan to turn the land into a cemetery, and ownership by the Marx Brothers before it was ultimately turned into public parkland. Now...

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

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

    Geographically, walking in Long Beach is like strolling along the Marina Peninsula near Venice, but with more affordable housing, friendlier people and plenty of free parking. The city of Long Beach even provides public restrooms and drinking fountains. 1. Begin this walk south of downtown Long...

  • 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...

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