Hiking in L.A.?
When you think of Los Angeles – what images come to mind? Celebrities? Smog? Traffic?
How about snow-capped mountains over 10,000 feet? A 65-mile long-distance trail along the Pacific Coast? One of the world’s largest and most rugged city parks? Or a National Recreation Area that runs right through the city itself?
One of L.A.’s many secrets is that, despite not having much green space inside the city, Angelenos have an unparalleled access to natural and wilderness areas around it. You’d never know it, but Los Angeles has some of the best hiking trails in the country at its doorstep. Not only are we blessed with National Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and city and state parks, but we also have some of the best hiking weather around, too. With 330 days of sunshine a year and great temperatures, the only question you should be asking is: “why aren’t I hiking right now?”
Modern Hiker is the oldest and most-read hiking blog in Los Angeles, and features over 100 detailed trail write-ups for Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond. Better than any hiking guide, these write-ups will give you directions to the trailhead, photos and videos of the trails, GPX files to download to your GPS device, and Google Earth files so you can do some at-home 3D reconnaissance before you hit the trail. Modern Hiker also highlights gear reviews, volunteer opportunities, and relevant news for California hikers and the hiking community at large.
Modern Hiker has been logging local trail miles since 2005, and has since become an important voice for L.A. hiking. It has been cited by numerous local institutions as a source of expert information, and is included as a recommended resource in the print edition of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Los Angeles, San Diego and Southern California. Our GPS tracks have been included in Backpacker Magazine and our write-ups have earned Modern Hiker places at the Gore-Tex Outdoor Blogger Summit, Columbia Sportswear’s OmniTen program, and as an expert for EveryTrail guides and the Know What mobile app.
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If you’re looking for a good place to start exploring Los Angeles with a pair of hiking boots, check out my personally chosen best hikes in L.A. or read Modern Hiker’s full list of trails for Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond.Modern Hiker is written by Casey Schreiner. A New England transplant, Casey has been hiking the trails of Southern California since 2004. When not writing about the Great Outdoors, Casey is the Head Writer for G4′s Attack of the Show. He also co-writes and hosts the Webby Award-honored “The MMO Report,” a weekly video podcast on the world of online roleplaying games.
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Note: Due to changing traffic conditions, road construction, State and Local park, US Forest Service and National Park Service policies and weather and climate issues including wildfires, natural disasters, and other unforeseeable changes, Modern Hiker does not assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of directions and trail conditions. I have made every effort to document the condition of the trails as accurately as possible when I first hiked them, but trail conditions (and in some cases, the entire trails themselves) are likely to change over time.
Modern Hiker also does not accept liability for your personal safety on any of the trails described. Modern Hiker is a researching resource for you, but should not be your sole source of information when hiking. Always carry the Ten Essentials and know how to use them on your hike. Most importantly, have fun out there!