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L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes

03.10.16

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  • View of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Bay, and the Palos Verdes Hills from the Temescal Ridge Trail.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Viewpoint along the Temescal Ridge Trail in Topenga State Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Replica of a Chumash dwelling in Franklin Canyon Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Upper Franklin Reservoir, Franklin Canyon Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Hollyridge Hike to the Hollywood Sign: Winding climbs above the Los Angeles skyline.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Hollyridge Hike to the Hollywood Sign: The hike's end overlooking the Hollywood Sign and much of the Los Angeles metro area.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • View of Runyon Canyon Park and the Los Angeles Metro Area from Indian Rock.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Cloud's Rest Overlook, Runyon Canyon Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Mount Hollywood Hike: View of Dante's View, Glendale, and the San Gabriel Mountains from the summit of Mount Hollywood.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Mount Hollywood Hike: Downtown Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory from the summit of Mount Hollywood.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • California sycamore along the trail to Rock Pool, Malibu Creek State Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Rock Pool swimming hole, Malibu Creek State Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Nicholas Flat Loop: View east from the top of the hike looking down on Nicholas Canyon County Beach.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Nicholas Flat Loop: Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • East Observatory Trail, Griffith Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Griffith Observatory.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • M*A*S*H TV Set Hike, Malibu Creek State Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • M*A*S*H TV Set Hike, Malibu Creek State Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • View of Goat Buttes and the Malibu Creek drainage from the Chaparral Trail.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • View east to the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains from the Chaparral Trail.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • View from trail network in Abalone Cove Shoreline Park with Portuguese Point in the distance.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Coastal live oak (Quercus agrifolia) along the Eaton Canyon Trail.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Eaton Canyon Falls.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Hike up to Echo Mountain via the Sam Merrill Trail.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Viewpoint along the Sam Merrill Trail en route to Echo Mountain.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Venice Canal Walkways.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Venice Canal Walkways.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
  • Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center.- L.A.'s 15 Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
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The entertainment capital of the world is famed for its streets lined with palm trees, a second-to-none sunny and mild climate, movie and TV productions, celebrities, chic clubs, a thriving aerospace industry, Hispanic eateries, clogged freeways, sprawling suburbs, surf and skateboarding roots, and much more.

What's often overlooked, however, is the plethora of incredible trail-filled open spaces that lie within the City of Angels and in the mountains surrounding the metro area. Despite the city's phenomenal sprawling growth over the decades, the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains remain virtually the same. In fact, much of the land that was once private, such as the famed Century Ranch, have since been turned over to the county or state, particularly in the Santa Monica Mountains. This has created incredible open preserves that are ready for exploration. And uniquely, many of these public lands are still home to many of the historical artifacts from their previous occupiers such as the Chumash natives, Spanish explorers, earlier ranchers, or from the countless movies filmed throughout the region.

There are certainly plenty of incredible hikes that will get you deep into the backcountry and to the top of the mountain; think Mount Baldy, a hike of 11 miles and 3,830 feet of elevation gain, or Mount Wilson a hike of 13.5 miles and 4,200 feet of elevation gain. Yet there plenty of more accessible and amazing hikes that are less intimidating, kid-friendly, and will let you see the best of the L.A. area.

To get you started, we've put together a list of 15 must-do hikes and parks with extensive trail networks in and around L.A. that will have you itching for more. These featured adventures are perfect excursions for your family and all your friends and quick escapes from the city. Have a look, and please leave comments and photos from your trips at the bottom of the adventure pages.

 

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