5 moderate hiking trails in the Los Angeles area

5 moderate hiking trails in the Los Angeles area Images

  • Griffith Park road
Monday, June 26, 2017

Looking for some moderate hikes in the Los Angeles area during your stay? We’ve mapped out some of the best moderate hikes in Griffith Park, the Angeles National Forest, and in the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains for an amazing trek. Check out our top five favorite regional hiking trails!

1. Bee RockA 2.4-mile trail in Griffith Park with an elevation gain of 694 ft. This is a great option if you want to combine great views of the city and Griffith Park with the ability to step back in Los Angeles’ history by walking by some of the old enclosures of the Los Angeles City Zoo’s former site. The zoo was in operation at this location from 1912 to 1965 before being moved to its current site.  It takes approximately an hour to complete this hike.

2. The Devil’s ChairA 7.5-mile, year-round hike that has an elevation gain of 594 ft. Nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains, this hike provides amazing views of the rock formations that are still being shaped by the San Andreas and Punchbowl Faults. This should take you about three hours to finish this out-and-back trail.

3. Hermit Falls – Located in the Angeles National Forest, this 2.6-mile, out-and-back trail sees an elevation gain of about 750 ft. This is quite a popular hike in the summer with opportunities for cliff jumping and cooling off in the swimming hole. This hike should take about an hour and a half to complete.

4. Santa Anita Canyon Loop – The loop spans 9.5 miles and will take a few hours to complete but the views are well worth it! Many hikers trek this trail to see the 60-foot Sturtevant Falls and you can complete the loop in either direction, but it’s most often recommended to start with the falls first to stay in the shade and keep cool on the rest of the hike.

5. Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail – Prepare for 1,400 ft. of elevation gain on this 5.8-mile hike that’ll take more than three hours to finish! The ascent is worth it as you visit the remains of the 1890s “White City” resort and can take in the stunning views without having to make a reservation outside of Pacific Palms Resort! Keep an eye open for remnants of the hotel’s foundation and nearby railbed.

We threw in an extra hike as it’s a popular one, but quite strenuous: the Bridge to Nowhere! This 10-mile hike is pretty much an all-day affair and you’ll want to take extra water, snacks, and plenty of sunscreen as there’s not much coverage along the trail. There are a few swimming holes near the bridge to give your legs a break before heading back to the trailhead and to enjoy the views of the unique 120-foot bridge in the middle of the canyon.

Nothing beats an amazing accommodation to return to after an active day out and about on Los Angeles’ hiking trails, so be sure to book one at Pacific Palms Resort for a great summer staycation!

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