Your Guide to Intermediate Hiking Trails Near Los Angeles

Your Guide to Intermediate Hiking Trails Near Los Angeles Images

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Friday, May 18, 2018

One of the best aspects of visiting LA is the plethora of outdoor options you have, from the ocean views to the mountains, there are many ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Some of the best views can be enjoyed hiking some of LA’s intermediate trails. Step up your game by trying these intermediate hiking trails near Los Angeles and see beautiful views that are well worth the challenge.

Bridge to Nowhere

This slightly rugged trail leads you through the Angeles National Forest to an abounded bridge that spans over the San Gabriel River. Along the way, the river provides several shallow spots for hikers to dip their feet in and cool off a relished activity, as this hike does not offer much shade. And for those adrenaline junkies, hire a guide to bungee jump off the abandoned bridge once you reach the summit. Distance is 10-mile round trip and 900 feet in elevation gain. Be sure to acquire a wilderness permit before heading out to the bridge.

Twin Peaks and Mount Waterman

Prepare for a nap afterward as this hike will leave you tired! Located in the middle of the San Gabriel Mountains, Twin Peaks offers hikers the chance to catch a glimpse at sizable views of Mount Wilson, Mount Baldy, and other various summits. Cross Mount Waterman for a challenging two-summit adventure. Distance is 11.65 round trip with a lot of elevation gain.

Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail

Who says you can’t combine history with the great outdoors? The Sam Merrill Trail visits a historic railway and ruins from an old resort built back in the 1890’s that offers sweeping views of the city of Pasadena. The resort was destroyed by wildfires and was never rebuilt, but its remnants still remain.  Distance is 5.8-mile round trip with 1,400 feet in elevation gain.

Santa Anita Canyon Loop

If canyons and waterfalls are your thing, then head out to the Santa Anita Canyon Loop. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains from Chantry Flats, this trail brings hikers close to a 60-foot waterfall, mountain wildflowers, and canyon streams to follow you along the way. The loop can be completed in either direction but ends with a rather steep climb the last half mile. Distance is 9.5 miles round trip with some elevation gain.

Fish Canyon Falls

Three-tiered waterfalls and wildflowers as far as the eye can see are what draws hikers to the Fish Canyon Falls trail. With easy access right from the town of Azusa, this makes for a morning day hike with plenty of time left over for lunch and a beer. Watch out for those putting on a show, as cliff jumpers are likely to test their skills at jumping from atop the waterfalls. Distance is 5 miles round trip with 800 feet in elevation gain.

Ice House Saddle

Nestled in the San Gabriel mountains, Ice House Saddle is a great out and back challenging hike that offers beautiful views of Mt. Baldy as you reach the top of the saddle. The beginning part of the trail easily meanders along the trail creek before reaching a multitude of switchbacks as you start your ascent to Ice House Saddle. Once at the top you can extend your trip further to gain even more mountain views. Distance is 7.2 miles round trip with 2,600 feet in elevation gain.

Powder Canyon Loop

Head out to Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park for this slightly easier loop through Powder Canyon. Hike through beautiful woodland areas, then head through the canyon which takes you through the Puente Hills. One of the reasons we love this hike is that it is less traveled than other hikes in the area, where sometimes you might be the only one on the trail! Distance is 4.8 miles round trip with 919 feet in elevation gain.

As you plan your LA hiking adventures be sure to also take a look at all of the other activities there are to do during your stay at Pacific Palms Resort. 

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