L.A. Walks

L.A. Walks

By Charles Fleming

Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a city of 3.8 million.

Climb the Music Box Steps ... without the piano

1:11 PM EDT, October 17, 2014

L.A. Walks

Climb the Music Box Steps ... without the piano

Take a stroll along the Venice Canals

8:00 PM EDT, June 20, 2014

L.A. Walks

Take a stroll along the Venice Canals

Griffith Park's charming surprises are just steps away

6:00 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

L.A. WALKS

Griffith Park's charming surprises are just steps away

Step by step, a way to health, happiness and friendship

7:30 PM EST, January 10, 2014

L.A. WALKS

Step by step, a way to health, happiness and friendship

I was having a period of bad health — quite a long period. I had a hip replacement, and another, and a hand surgery. Then a broken leg. Then a spinal surgery. Then another spinal surgery. I was falling apart faster than the doctors could put me back together.

Footloose in Fryman Canyon

2:00 PM EST, December 27, 2013

Footloose in Fryman Canyon

L.A. Walks: Cascades of the California Aqueduct

6:00 PM EST, November 29, 2013

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L.A. Walks: Cascades of the California Aqueduct

One hundred years ago, water that had traveled from Central California began cascading into the thirsty San Fernando Valley. Today, this unexpected walk is one of the few L.A. hikes that features a close-up view of the great Los Angeles Aqueduct, near those historic cascades.

Wattles Garden Park reopens to walkers and hikers

6:00 PM EDT, October 18, 2013

L.A. Walks

Wattles Garden Park reopens to walkers and hikers

Cool shade awaits at Fern Dell in Griffith Park

6:05 PM EDT, September 20, 2013

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Cool shade awaits at Fern Dell in Griffith Park

This delightful oasis, a beloved destination for my wife when she was a young girl and our daughters when she was a young mother, is one of the few local walks that can be done at midday, no matter the season, entirely in the shade. Even in September, this Griffith Park canyon is a cool, quiet retreat.

Old Town Pasadena's lesser-known side

3:30 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

L.A. Walks

Old Town Pasadena's lesser-known side

Visiting the post-makeover Echo Park Lake

6:30 PM EDT, July 19, 2013

L.A. Walks

Visiting the post-makeover Echo Park Lake

Hiking Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls in the Angeles National Forest

June 22, 2013

L.A. Walks

Hiking Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls in the Angeles National Forest

This walk in the Angeles National Forest is a great chance to get some real mountain hiking experience without driving too far or breaking too much of a sweat. It gets a little crowded on weekends, so go early for the best parking spaces. Wear boots or shoes that will tolerate a dunking, because this walk requires a couple of easy water crossings. Before you go, pick up an Adventure Pass ($5 for a day, $30 for the year) at a Sport Chalet or Big 5 sporting goods store. If it's Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you can also park near the trail head and buy your Adventure Pass from the charming Adams' Pack Station store at Chantry Flat.

Gates reopen for Lake Hollywood strolls

3:00 PM EDT, May 25, 2013

L.A. Walks

Gates reopen for Lake Hollywood strolls

Santa Monica Beach, with a power-up option

3:00 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

L.A. Walks

Santa Monica Beach, with a power-up option

Follow the winding path at Elysian Park

3:00 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

L.A. Walks

Follow the winding path at Elysian Park

Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area waterfowl viewing

5:00 PM EST, February 23, 2013

L.A. Walks

Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area waterfowl viewing

Hermon Park to views in Debs Park near downtown

5:00 PM EST, January 19, 2013

L.A. Walks

Hermon Park to views in Debs Park near downtown

A Griffith Park hiking path for newcomers

December 22, 2012

A Griffith Park hiking path for newcomers

Griffith Park is L.A.'s largest city park, but at 4,200 hilly acres it's so large, and so mountainous, that hikers unfamiliar with the area may not know where to start. Here's a beginner's guide to a mellow, uncrowded walk with great views.

L.A. Walks: City views from Baldwin Hills park

November 24, 2012

City views from Baldwin Hills park

Most folks probably don't look to Culver City for hiking trails with majestic city views. But the 57-acre Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park has them, plus a set of stairs massive enough to be visible, like the Great Wall of China, from outer space. The huge workout is matched by the heavenly scenery.

A peaceful stroll through Silver Lake Meadow

5:00 PM EDT, October 27, 2012

L.A. Walks

A peaceful stroll through Silver Lake Meadow

King Gillette Ranch in Malibu

11:00 AM EDT, September 22, 2012

L.A. Walks

King Gillette Ranch in Malibu

 Walk along the L.A. River near Griffith Park

9:01 PM EDT, August 23, 2012

Walk along the L.A. River near Griffith Park

This is an unexpectedly verdant walk surrounded by urban sprawl, where the Los Angeles River, gradually being allowed to return to its natural state, is home to an amazing array of native fish, fowl, joggers and cyclists.

L.A. Walks: Cherry Canyon in La Cañada-Flintridge

July 21, 2012

Cherry Canyon in La Cañada-Flintridge

This is a short, steep hike that begins on a trail amid the mansions of La Cañada-Flintridge, with massive mountain and city views — a real workout with a real payoff.

L.A. Walks: Naples in Long Beach

June 23, 2012

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Naples in Long Beach

Spend a hot summer day on a cool summer walk around the Naples district of Long Beach. It's flat and breezy and makes a sweet sunset stroll too.

L.A. Walks: Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir

5:31 PM EDT, May 26, 2012

L.A. Walks

L.A. Walks: Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir

Southwest Museum / Eldred stairs

1:31 PM EDT, April 28, 2012

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Southwest Museum / Eldred stairs

L.A. Walks: Hollenbeck Park / Boyle Heights

2:00 PM EDT, March 24, 2012

L.A. Walks

L.A. Walks: Hollenbeck Park / Boyle Heights

L.A. Walks: Radio Hill

5:00 PM EST, January 2, 2012

L.A. Walks

L.A. Walks: Radio Hill

L.A. Walks: A step-by-step guide to Malibu's Sandstone Peak

December 5, 2011

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Malibu's Sandstone Peak

If you're up for a long walk in the Malibu hills that features ocean and city views and varying terrain, head for the Sandstone Peak trail head.

L.A. Walks: Beachwood Canyon and the Hollywood sign

November 7, 2011

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Beachwood Canyon and the Hollywood sign

Along the way are fantastic views of the Hollywood Reservoir, some famous homes and a visit to some of the area's secret public staircases.

L.A. Walks: Will Rogers State Park

October 3, 2011

L.A. Walks

Will Rogers State Park

This is a casual, low-impact mountain hike that begins and ends in a scenic, historic spot ideal for weekend picnics and perfect for wowing out-of-town guests.

L.A. Walks: Rancho Palos Verdes, Del Cerro Park

5:25 PM EDT, September 6, 2011

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Rancho Palos Verdes, Del Cerro Park

Sure, it's a little tough, but the rewards are worth the sweat: classic coastal chaparral, views all the way to Santa Catalina Island and a sweet breeze.

The Arroyo Seco in Pasadena

2:32 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

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The Arroyo Seco in Pasadena

This is a lovely country-in-the-city walk, flat and undemanding, offering rare views of the untamed river -- less than five minutes from Old Town Pasadena.

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