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Nature & Wellness

5 Quintessential L.A. Hikes To Take While Tourists Are Away

By Secret Los Angeles December 20, 2020

You may never see these trails this empty (relatively speaking) again.

Sure, the new restrictions have knocked the cheer right out of us but hiking trails are still open! And nothing is quite as joyous as enjoying the iconic treks across the city with fewer people interrupting the breathtaking views of L.A. The weather is also a little more forgiving if you decide to stay out and turn it into a full-blown photoshoot. Besides, you’ll want to work up an appetite for all the delicious takeouts and deliveries you’ll be ordering this month so get those shoes on and discover (or rediscover) these essential city adventures.

Note: Trails are subject to close at any point without notice. Be sure to check official websites before going.

1. Hollywood Sign Hikes

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There are three different ways to get to the Hollywood sign and they offer different views along the way and of the sign itself. Most locals tend to avoid these trails but it’s one of the most iconic outdoor attractions in the city and there’s no better time to make the trek than now. With cooler temperatures and fewer tourists, you’ll get to finally enjoy the breathtaking views of your city without queuing too long for the classic picture. Find your preferred route here.

2. Seascape Trail

The 1.5-mile hike in Palos Verdes is truly stunning. Capture where the charming horizon of the Pacific Ocean meets Catalina Island, while barely even having to break a sweat in the process! Learn more here.

3. Bronson Cave

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Visit a true Los Angeles gem while hiking to this man-made “cave.” The Griffith Park tunnel was a popular filming location during the ’60s and makes for the perfect selfie spot (because if you don’t post it to Instagram, did you even hike?) Learn more here.

4. Switzer Falls

Credit: ccharmon via Flickr

After the storm that passed through Los Angeles a few weeks nack, the waterfalls are probably doing better then usual. Though it’s a bit of a drive out of the city, the majestic views are definitely worth it. Learn more here.

5. Eaton Canyon Falls

Credit: Person With No Name via Flickr

The hike to this 40-foot waterfall is absolutely Insta-worthy. This would be the perfect place to bring along a furry friend considering how wide the pathways are (until you reach the single-file half-mile path to the waterfall.) Learn more here.

Featured Image: Daniel Schludi via Unsplash

See more: Hike To This Secret Cave Swing For Breathtaking Views Of The Valley