Los Angeles County

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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