Get Out and Explore! Summer “Hiking” in Los Angeles

With summer in full swing, isn’t it about time you got outside and enjoyed our Los Angeles wilderness? Wilderness may be a bit of an exaggeration but these four outings in Malibu, Santa Monica, and the Pacific Palisades will give you a taste of the Southern California beauty right in our backyard. 

Dolphin-Rock-Hike-STUNTRDSaddle Peak

Although Saddle Peak was a little easier than what I might normally call a hike – the views made the trek worth it. We went on what we thought was a cloudy ideal hiking day only to find that the trail head was above the clouds. Enjoy panoramic views of both Malibu and Santa Monica, but don’t forget your sunscreen!

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Escondido Falls

Do you like cliff jumping? If so, head to Escondido Falls. This 4 mile round trip hike will take you to some of the most beautiful waterfall views in Los Angeles, that is when the waterfall is flowing; lately it has not. Regardless, head out on the PCH towards Malibu for a beautiful adventure.

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Runyon Canyon Park

A Los Angeles classic, Runyon Canyon is the perfect opportunity to fit your Saturday workouts in while taking in the views. You may find yourself surrounded by fellow Angelenos running, walking, or struggling to the top. The canyon offers a variety of hikes with loops or more difficult inclines so take your pick! It is also dog friendly, so bring your best pal along. 

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Murphys-ranchMurphy Ranch

A little history for ya, in the 1930’s Murphy Ranch was once built by Nazi sympathizers as a safe haven to be lived in when the Germans came to take over America. Unfortunately for them, this did not happen and the ranch has since been home to artists communities and now is a richly decorated hike for us! This adventure is a create your own hike to explore the various broken down homes and graffiti covered rusty machinery. Be prepared for stairs. 

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Thank you to Hike Speak for your always helpful information to get us out of the house and outside.