The 10 Essential Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

Hiking is almost a rite of passage in L.A. Whether you’re native born or a transplant, a nature fiend or an indoor kid, hitting one of the city’s many trails at one point or another is unavoidable. In the name of embracing the thigh-grinders, the casual jaunts, the ones with perfect ocean views, and everything in between, here are 50 incredible treks you can’t miss:

1. Bronson Canyon 

Griffith Park

With views of three major Hollywood landmarks (the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and Bronson Cave), this trail is basically a slightly sweatier version of the Starline bus tour. Griffith Park is famed for its views of the Hollywood Sign, but take the path to Bronson Canyon to check out the tunnel entrance of the ’60s era Batcave. The cave was even the home of a pop-up ice cream parlor last weekend. The canyon also delivers a stunning view of the Griffith Observatory, which appeared in the classic James Dean film Rebel Without A Cause.

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