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Rocky Peak Park at sunset

The Best Difficult Hikes in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

One of the best aspects of living in Los Angeles is its proximity to the great outdoors. The beach, mountains and desert are all within striking distance. Hiking is always an option, whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills or the mighty San Gabriel Mountains. Now that you’ve conquered easy hikes and stepped up to intermediate hikes, you’re ready to learn about nine of the best difficult hikes in L.A. County, which either span more than six miles or climb more than 1,000 feet of altitude. These hikes are sure to get your heart racing and may even require some recovery time (unless you frequent fire roads).

A few quick reminders:
1. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency. The signal can be limited in the mountains, but the phone is your best friend if you run into trouble.
2. Carry plenty of water because trails often offer little shade and it can get hot.
3. Wear sunscreen. Even if the sky starts overcast, sun often breaks through clouds.
4. Stay to the center of the trail to limit contact with plants like poison ivy and wildlife like rattlesnakes and tarantulas.

The Guide to Camping Sites Near Los Angeles


Discover Los Angeles

For many visitors, a trip to Los Angeles isn’t complete without experiencing the natural beauty that surrounds the city. Whether your hotel is in Downtown L.A. or at the beach, there are numerous L.A. County and California State Parks located a short drive away. From spectacular coastal settings to rugged mountains and otherworldly desert landscapes, these parks offer a wide range of daytime activities and options for camping overnight. Read on and find out more about camping sites near Los Angeles.

To make online reservations at L.A. County Parks, use the Activities Reservation & Registration System (LACARRS). This system allows you to reserve and/or register for County services and programs, including RV Park, camping, picnic, facilities, and rooms. Online reservations for California State Parks can be made via individual links at Reserve America, included in the following guide.

My L.A. to Z: Melanie Lynskey


Los Angeles Magazine

Interviewed by Samantha Katzman

The New-Zealand born actress, known for her work in Two and a Half Men and Up In the Air and the star of Hello I Must Be Going, tells us where to get a good workout, a great bottle of Pinot, and maybe even a new couch.