Explore a calm oasis deep within the city!
Los Angeles isn’t exactly known for its abundance of nature – but Angelenos looking to add a little zen in their lives don’t have to trek too far to find it. Treat your inner-adventurer and explore some of the city’s gems! Put away your phone, stretch those legs, and appreciate some of the breathtaking offerings L.A. has to offer. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite hikes to a hidden oasis within the city – enjoy!
1. Ernest E Debs Regional Park
5.2 mile round trip
This beautiful intercity hike near the Arroyo Seco will take you up a winding mountain – as you rise above the city you’ll see breathtaking views of Hollywood and DTLA! There’s a man-made lake at the top of the mountain, as well as several seating areas surrounding the area giving you time to sit down, relax, and enjoy your surroundings. Stop by the pound for a quick fishing sesh or a picnic with a view as the air around you fills with bird sounds.
4235 Monterey Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90032. See it on Google maps.
2. Escondido Falls
3.8-mile round trip
As you descend into the Santa Monica Mountain valley, you’ll come across some of what nature best has to offer as you stroll along a winding creek. From large inviting oak trees to the plethora of flowers and butterflies that boarder this beautiful trail, be sure to take time to breathe this sliver of L.A. nature in! A trickling waterfall that rolls along a mossy green rock wall is the main sight here, where hikers can snap IG stories in awe as falling water surrounds a small creek breathing life into the surrounding greenery.
27807 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265. See it on Google maps.
3. Paradise Falls
2.55-mile round trip
On your way to this relaxing pool of water, you’ll pass a magnificent tipi that stands at the midway point. As you ascend into the canyon, you’ll begin to hear the rushing sounds of the waterfall – it pulls into a pound that you’ll eventually see runs into a creek. Use stepping stones to cross through a line of cattails below the pool to get the best view of Paradise Falls from the opposing bank so you can truly soak it all in!
928 West Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. See it on Google maps.
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