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Old LA Zoo: Exploring the Abandoned Ruins at Griffith Park

Old LA Zoo: Exploring the Abandoned Ruins at Griffith Park

Distance  ~2.5 MilesTime ~2 HrsDifficulty EasySeason All YearElevation Gain 383 FtIf you're looking for something spooky and exciting to do, the Old LA Zoo is most certainly perfect for you! Check out the ruins of this once very popular attraction. The Old LA is an...

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Big Falls Trail: Short Hike to Massive Multi-Tiered Falls

Big Falls Trail: Short Hike to Massive Multi-Tiered Falls

Distance 0.7 Miles Time 30 MinDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 112 FtSeason All YearBathrooms Yes Most of the waterfalls in SoCal are dead dry in the middle of the summer. Well, not Big Falls Trail! These colossal, multi-tiered falls are flowing pretty much all...

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7 Hiking Trails In & Near Pasadena [Chosen by a Local]

7 Hiking Trails In & Near Pasadena [Chosen by a Local]

Pasadena is a beautiful city nestled in the foothills of the LA forest with a hiking history that goes as far back as the 1800’s. I grew up near the City of Roses, as it’s commonly referred to, and actually attended Pasadena City College. Therefore, I’m very familiar...

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Claremont Loop: An Easy 5-Mile Hike with Views

Claremont Loop: An Easy 5-Mile Hike with Views

Distance 5 Miles Time ~3 HrsDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 839 Ft.Season All YearBathrooms Yes Claremont Loop is a very popular hike and I can definitely see why. It has a really nice overlook with plenty of benches. This is definitely one you can do with family and...

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Paramount Ranch: Old Western Movie Set in LA

Paramount Ranch: Old Western Movie Set in LA

Miles 2.1Season All YearBathrooms No Hours of Visitation 8 AM - 8 PM Dogs Allowed Yes (Leashed)Cost FreeOne of the most LA things you can do is visit an old movie set. Paramount Ranch is definitely one you'll want to visit. Tons of classic and popular movies and TV...

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1940s Car Wreck Trail Hike in Laguna Beach

1940s Car Wreck Trail Hike in Laguna Beach

Distance 3.4 Miles Time ~2.5 HrsDifficulty ModerateElevation Gain 836 FtSeason All YearBathrooms Yes (Parking Lot)Looking for an interesting and cool hike to beat the heat this summer? Car Wreck Trail in Laguna Beach's deep canyons is one that I think you'll enjoy....

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San Antonio Falls: Short Hike to 75-Foot Waterfall in LA

San Antonio Falls: Short Hike to 75-Foot Waterfall in LA

Distance 1.4 Miles Time ~45 MinDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 285 FtSeason Late Winter - SpringBathrooms No You've probably seen the snowy top of Mount Baldy from a distance during the winter (at least, if you live in LA). The cool thing is, there's a pretty...

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Topanga Overlook Trail: Epic Sunset Views on Ledge

Topanga Overlook Trail: Epic Sunset Views on Ledge

Distance 2.2 Miles Time 1.5 Hrs Difficulty Easy Elevation Gain 160 Ft Season All Year Bathrooms No Summer nights call for breathtaking sunsets! This short hike in the Santa Monica Mountains takes you to a ledge where you'll get insane aerial views and the best cotton...

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Annie’s Canyon Trail: Fun Hike Through A Slot Canyon

Annie’s Canyon Trail: Fun Hike Through A Slot Canyon

Distance 1.4 Miles Time ~1 HrDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 100 FtSeason All YearBathrooms No If you're looking for a unique trail to hike this weekend, I have great news for you. There's a really fun slot canyon located in Solana Beach calling your name! Annie's Slot...

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1-Mile Hike to Forgotten Heaton Mine and Ruins

1-Mile Hike to Forgotten Heaton Mine and Ruins

Distance ~1 Mile Time ~1 HrDifficulty EasyElevation Gain --- Season All YearBathrooms Yes You might not know this, but there is a fun and forgotten short hike to an accessible mine, right by some of the most toughest and popular hiking trails. The East Fork is rich in...

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Kitchen Creek Falls: Hike to Natural Pools and Waterfall

Kitchen Creek Falls: Hike to Natural Pools and Waterfall

Distance 4.8 Miles Time ~2.5 HrsDifficulty Easy - ModerateElevation Gain 813 FtSeason April - JuneBathrooms No This has to be one of my top favorite hikes in San Diego. Not only are there multiple natural pools, but there's also a pretty large hidden waterfall at the...

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Top of the World Hike: Elevated Views of Laguna Beach

Top of the World Hike: Elevated Views of Laguna Beach

Distance 2.2 Miles Time ~1.5 HrsDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 862 FtSeason All YearBathrooms Yes (Located near the park at the top) One of the most popular hikes in the beautiful and breezy city of Laguna Beach is definitely the Top of the World hike. It's a nice and...

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Murphy Ranch Trail: Hike to An Abandoned Nazi Utopia

Murphy Ranch Trail: Hike to An Abandoned Nazi Utopia

2.6 Miles Total (There & Back)NoModerate≈ 2 HrsAll Year633 ftWho would've thought that Rustic Canyon, in LA County, has so much eerie and shocking history related to Nazis and WW2? Yeah, you read that right. Yup, it's pretty crazy! Murphy Ranch is a 2.6-mile hike...

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Millard Falls Trail: An Easy Waterfall Hike for Everyone

Millard Falls Trail: An Easy Waterfall Hike for Everyone

Distance 1.2 Miles Time ~1 HrDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 308 FtSeason All YearBathrooms Yes Millard Falls is a classic, local favorite hike that's both easy and fun. It's a short, yet rewarding hike to a fascinating waterfall if you go at the right time of year. Now...

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Kwaay Paay Peak Trail: A Hike with Panoramic Views

Kwaay Paay Peak Trail: A Hike with Panoramic Views

Distance 2.3 Miles Time ~1.5 HrsDifficulty ModerateElevation Gain 875 ftSeason All YearBathrooms No San Diego has a ton of popular peaks with panoramic views that are sure to pique your interest. Kwaay Paay Peak is definitely one you'll want to do, especially since...

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Fastest Trail to Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall

Fastest Trail to Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall

Distance 2 Miles Time ~1 HrDifficulty Moderate (not recommended for kids)Elevation 2,207 Ft (at its highest)Season All YearBathrooms No Hiking to the Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall in the Los Angeles National Forest can be super fun and rewarding. But, you might not be...

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Pumpkin Rock Trail: Easy Hike to a 15-Foot Pumpkin

Pumpkin Rock Trail: Easy Hike to a 15-Foot Pumpkin

Distance 1.7 Miles Time ~1 Hr Difficulty Easy Elevation Gain 380 Ft Season All Year Bathrooms Yes (Parking Lot) Is your favorite holiday Halloween? Even if it isn't, this fun hike to a large pumpkin-painted rock perched on top of Norco Hill will keep you in the...

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The Vanalden Caves: A Hike You’ll Never Forget

The Vanalden Caves: A Hike You’ll Never Forget

Distance 2.7 Miles Time ~1.5 - 2 HrsDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 515 FtSeason All YearBathrooms Yes (Parking Lot) Caves in Los Angeles? Yup, you read that correctly! These caves are called the Vanalden Caves, and they make for a very enjoyable hike. The Vanalden...

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Three Sisters Falls Trail: The Best Waterfall in San Diego

Three Sisters Falls Trail: The Best Waterfall in San Diego

Distance 4.1 Miles Time ~3.5-4 HrsDifficulty Moderate - HardElevation Gain 980 FtSeason Late March - Early JuneBathrooms NoIf you live in the San Diego area or are planning a trip here, you don’t want to miss out on one of the best waterfalls in all of SD County. This...

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Big Horn Mine Trail: Abandoned Mine and Vincent’s Cabin

Big Horn Mine Trail: Abandoned Mine and Vincent’s Cabin

Distance 4 Miles Time ~2.5 - 3 HrsDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 587 FtSeason All YearBathrooms Yes (Located at Parking Lot) There’s no denying that Southern California was once a hub for hundreds of successful and futile mines. Many have been closed off or completely...

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Dawn Mine Trail: Hike to an Abandoned Gold Mine from 1895

Dawn Mine Trail: Hike to an Abandoned Gold Mine from 1895

Distance 6 Miles Time ~3 HrsDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 1,600+ FtSeason All YearBathrooms Yes (Millard Campground) The Dawn Mine is one of the most popular mines near the city of Altadena and Pasadena. By shining a flashlight inside, you can get an interesting peek...

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Stonewall Peak Hike: This San Diego Trail Gets Snow

Stonewall Peak Hike: This San Diego Trail Gets Snow

Distance 3.9 Miles Time ~2 HrsDifficulty EasyElevation Gain 830 FtSeason All YearBathrooms Yes (On Campground) When thinking of San Diego, the first thing that comes to mind is the sandy, sunny beaches along the coast and California burritos. Surprisingly, you can...

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Mount Lowe Hike: Wander to A Swing Above the Clouds

Mount Lowe Hike: Wander to A Swing Above the Clouds

Distance 3.2 Miles Time ~1.5 HrsDifficulty Easy - ModerateElevation Gain 495 FtSeason All YearBathrooms No Did you know you can swing from 5,604 feet above and get amazing sunset views of Mount Wilson, Mount Baldy, and Los Angeles? Swing by Mount Lowe trail for your...

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