Allen Riedel is a photographer, journalist, author, and teacher. He lives with his wife, Monique, and children, Michael, Sierra, and Makaila, in Riverside, California. He writes an outdoor column for the Press Enterprise and has authored several hiking guides, including 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California, Best Hikes with Dogs in Southern California, and a number of Best Easy Day Hikes guides.
Best Hikes Near Los Angelesby Allen Riedel, Monique Del Riedel
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Here are forty-six of the best hikes within a ninety-minute drive of downtown Los Angeles—from the chaparral-covered slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains to the lush alpine forests of the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto Ranges, and several nature preserves that protect valuable ecosystems and wildlife around the southland. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from: • Paradise Falls
• Mishe Mokwa
• Paramount Ranch
• Echo Mountain
• Sturtevant Falls
• Devils Chair Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, full-color trail map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits. Inside you’ll also find a Trail Finder that categorizes each hike (e.g., for attractions such as views, and if it’s suitable for families with kids); Green Tips and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area’s array of wildlife.
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