Los Angeles Hikes with Ocean Views
Malibu’s Point Dume Natural Preserve, with its mile-long flat hike atop ocean clifftops, is just one trail from this rich hiking region that offers more Los Angeles hikes than any other part of the city.
Santa Monica’s Temescal Peak Trail ascends to an easy to reach ridge at one of the highest elevations in the Santa Monica Mountains. This trail quickly takes hikers from city streets to nature-filled mountain peaks and 360 degree and ocean views.
Palos Verdes’ Seascape Trail is a flat, easy, less than a mile hike along the coastal bluffs north of the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Stunning ocean views looking directly across to Catalina Island.
Los Angeles Hikes with City Views
Beacon Hill at Griffith Park is an easy to reach, 1000 foot summit in the center of the city, reached by either a 2.75 or 4 mile trail. On a day without haze, it provides an epic Los Angeles’ city view in all directions from the valleys to along the coast of Santa Monica Bay.
Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign is one of the iconic Los Angeles hikes as you not only walk below and gaze up at this famous hillside symbol of Hollywood, you also continue up and around to look down through the sign to the city below.
Mount Hollywood, Mount Bell and Mount Chapel in Griffith Park is for hikers wanting a good workout, while taking in great views all along a 5.7 mile loop across three of the park’s prominent summits. The trail is moderate with a few challenging climbs.
Tallest Peaks Looking Back at Los Angeles
Echo Mountain on Sam Merrill Trail rises to a summit once reached by tram cars carrying guests to a popular California 1890s resort. Overlooks Pasadena, then Los Angeles beyond.
Mount Baldy Loop is a towering climb over Orange County (not Los Angeles). With its 3,900 foot elevation gain across the not-for-the-timid Devil’s Backbone, to an open 10,000-foot summit, this trail separates the serious from the casual So Cal hiker.
La Jolla Canyon Loop in Point Mugu State Park is across the Ventura County line north of Malibu, looking back at Los Angeles County. No city views here, but the ocean views along its 12-mile athletic hike, rivals or beats all in the region.