L.A. Walks

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.

  • Tackle this LA hike, and you'll be rewarded with sweeping Valley views

    Tackle this LA hike, and you'll be rewarded with sweeping Valley views

    This hillside hike high above Tarzana and Encino is a gateway to the Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park. It features some steep sections, which will be slippery in wet weather, but pays off with huge views of the San Fernando Valley. 1. Start walking near the corner of Reseda Boulevard and Country...

  • A shaded hike in La Cañada Flintridge that's perfect on a hot, sunny L.A. day

    A shaded hike in La Cañada Flintridge that's perfect on a hot, sunny L.A. day

    This short, steep loop in La Cañada Flintridge is more of a hike than a walk. But the hard work earns magnificent views. Largely shaded during the afternoon, this is a good hot-day route. But the slippery surfaces require sturdy legs and good shoes, and make this a dry-weather walk only. Find more...

  • Why you want to take a stroll through one of L.A.'s most famous cemeteries

    Why you want to take a stroll through one of L.A.'s most famous cemeteries

    A century ago, Dr. Hubert Eaton reinvented the American cemetery by turning what he called “unsightly depressing stoneyards” into manicured green spaces that celebrate the joy of life after death. Today, Eaton’s Forest Lawn welcomes visitors to explore the park, enjoy its substantial art collection...

  • Great L.A. Walks: Strolling Pasadena greenery

    Great L.A. Walks: Strolling Pasadena greenery

    Here's an urban walk in Pasadena, easily accessible by car, bike, bus or Metro, that offers plenty of the green stuff. It starts on Green Street at a castle and includes stops in three parks. Plan on having a picnic lunch halfway through the walk. 1. Begin this walk on East Green Street, just north...

  • This great L.A. walk takes in architectural gems, and fine city views

    This great L.A. walk takes in architectural gems, and fine city views

    An important L.A. architectural artifact and a small public green space, hidden in the heart of East Hollywood, are the backdrop for this short stroll in the Barnsdall Art Park. It’s mostly flat, but involves several staircases. Shady on a hot day, this 36-acre park offers fine views of the city...

  • Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center

    Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center

    Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Lake View Terrace is a popular spot for swimming, horseback riding, golf and soccer. But it’s also a wide-open space laced with footpaths. Here’s a circular walk that will give you a good feel for the place without wearing you out. 1. Enter by turning southeast from...

  • Hike Vasquez Rocks, famous from 'Westworld' and 'Planet of the Apes'

    Hike Vasquez Rocks, famous from 'Westworld' and 'Planet of the Apes'

    People all over the world know Vasquez Rocks because it’s been a featured location for decades in movies such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Blazing Saddles” and TV shows like “Westworld” and “Star Trek.” But I’m always surprised by how few Los Angeles residents have seen the strange lunar landscape...

  • Cool canyon trails, glorious ocean views: You need to take this hike

    Cool canyon trails, glorious ocean views: You need to take this hike

    This popular walk in the Santa Monica mountains offers cool canyon trails and glorious ocean views. But it can get crowded, and it can be hot. Go early, bring plenty of water and plan on having a snack break or a picnic at Parker Mesa Overlook. Signs warn to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and...

  • A great workout hike — with stunning views

    A great workout hike — with stunning views

    The Verdugo Mountains separating the communities of Montrose and La Crescenta from Glendale and Burbank rise sharply and present impressive city and valley views. Here’s a brisk hike that will get you to the top in a hurry — huffing and puffing. Go early in the day to beat the heat. Take lots of...

  • Try this great L.A. Walk: Strolling around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

    Try this great L.A. Walk: Strolling around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

    This 3.2 mile walk circles the iconic bowl, giving strollers the ability to appreciate it from almost every much-photographed angle.

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