5 Hikes To Take While Everyone’s Away For The Holidays

Nothing is worse than being stuck behind a family of six while on an incline.

What better way to get ahead then to start working out before the new year? Luckily, Angelenos have the advantage of exercising outdoors during the winter – but thinking of how congested the paths will be is so unmotivating. As the holidays begin to roll around, the streets of Los Angeles tend to wind down. And (somewhat) cooler weather means not having to worry about getting heat exhaustion!

Truly a Christmas miracle!

This is the time of the year to rejoice about fewer tourists and reduced traffic while still enjoying our charming California weather! We’ve created a list of the five hikes in L.A. worth making a trip during the holidays.

1. Mount Hollywood Trail

This is the trail most locals tend to avoid because of how busy it is during tourist season. Now’s the time to make the trek to get that picture of you next to the Hollywood sign – you deserve it, you live here! Learn more 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

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. Switer Falls

After the storm that passed through Los Angeles, the waterfalls are probably doing pretty well. 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

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.)

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