60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles: Including Ventura and Orange Counties

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles: Including Ventura and Orange Counties

by Laura Randall

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles shows readers how to quickly drive to and enjoy the best hikes from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

With time, health, and pin money at a premium, this handy guide helps Angelenos get back to nature without going out of town. From Palos Verdes on the coast to Santa Clarita to the north and the expansive San Gabriel Mountains, it details 60 hikes and walks within roughly an hour's drive of Los Angeles, encouraging even the most time-starved trekkers to get on the trails and get healthy.

Extensive at-a-glance information makes it easy to choose the perfect hike based on length, difficulty, scenery, or on a specific factor such as hikes good for families, runners, or birding. Each trail profile includes maps, directions, driving times, nearby attractions, and other pertinent details.

Having lived in just about every area of Los Angeles, author Laura Randall provides key in-the-know information about traffic patterns, the best times to hike, how to avoid expensive parking fees, and the best burrito joints near the trail-head.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634040365
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 323,821
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A native of suburban Philadelphia, Laura Randall lived in Washington, D.C. and San Juan, Puerto Rico before moving to the Los Angeles area in 1999. Her byline can be found in a variety of newspapers and consumer magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Sunset Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor. From the Westside to the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, she has lived in many Los Angeles neighborhoods and can lead you to excellent trails in just about any pocket of the city. Randall is also the author of Peaceful Places: Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Overview Map

Overview Map Key i

Acknowledgments viii

Foreword ix

Preface x

60 Hikes by Category xiii

Introduction 1

Downtown Los Angeles (Including Griffith Park, Hollywood, Baldwin Hills) 10

1 Baldwin Hills: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Trails 12

2 Burbank Peak to Mount Lee 16

3 Elysian Park: Angels Point to Bishops Canyon 20

4 Elysian Park: Wildflower Trail 23

5 Ernest E. Debs Regional Park: City View and Walnut Forest Trails 27

6 Griffith Park: Amir's Garden 31

7 Griffith Park: Charlie Turner Trail 34

8 Griffith Park: Hollyridge Trail 38

9 Mount Washington: Jack Smith Trail 41

10 Runyon Canyon 44

West (Including San Fernando Valley, Verdugo Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains) 48

11 Arroyo Sequit Trail 50

12 Caballero Canyon Trail 53

13 Calabasas Peak Motorway 56

14 Franklin Canyon: Ranch and Hastain Trails 59

15 Fryman Canyon Loop 63

16 Grotto Trail 66

17 Malibu Creek State Park: M*A*S*H Trail 69

18 Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park; Hub Junction Trail 72

19 Paramount Ranch: Hacienda Trail to Backdrop Trail 75

20 Peter Strauss Trail 79

21 San Vicente Mountain: Old Nike Missile Site 83

East (including Glendale, Pasadena, San Gabriel Mountains) 86

22 Arroyo Seco: Gabrielino National Recreation Trail 88

23 Beaudry Loop 92

24 Brand Fire Road Trail 96

25 Cherry Canyon Park 99

26 Deukmejian Wilderness Park Trails 103

27 Eaton Canyon Falls and Henninger Flats 107

28 Josephine Peak 111

29 La Canada Fire Road to Gabrielino National Recreation Trail 114

30 La Tuna Canyon 117

31 Legg Lake Loop Trail 120

32 Lower Arroyo Seco Trail 123

33 Millard Canyon: Sunset Ridge Trail 127

34 Monrovia Canyon Park: Bill Cull and Falls Trails 131

35 Mount Wilson Trail to Orchard Camp 135

36 Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain 139

37 Stough Canyon Nature Center Trail 143

38 Switzer Falls via Bear Canyon Trail 146

39 West Fork Trail 149

Coast (including Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes) 154

40 Charmlee Wilderness Park Loop Trail 156

41 Corral Canyon Loop 159

42 Palos Verdes: Ocean Trails Reserve 162

43 Paseo Miramar Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook 166

44 Portuguese Bend Reserve: Burma Road Trail 170

45 Solstice Canyon and Rising Sun Trails 173

46 Temescal Ridge Trail 176

47 Will Rogers State Historic Park: Inspiration Point Loop Trail 179

Orange County and La Puente Hills 184

48 Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach 186

49 Crystal Cove State Park: El Mora Canyon Trail 190

50 Hacienda Hills Trail 194

51 Hellman Park: Peppergrass Trail to Rattlesnake Ridge Trail 197

52 Oak Canyon Nature Center: Bluebird Lane and Wren Way 201

53 Peters Canyon Regional Park: Lake View Trail 204

Simi and Antelope Valleys 208

54 Corriganville Park: Interpretive and Loop Trails 210

55 Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area: Devil's Chair Trail 214

56 Davis Park in Towsley Canyon: Canyon View Loop Trail 218

57 Hummingbird Trail 221

58 Pacific Crest Trail at Vasquez Rocks 225

59 Placerita Canyon: Walker Ranch 229

60 Wildwood Park: Lizard Rock 233

Appendix A Outdoor Shops 237

Appendix B Hiking Clubs and Organizations 238

About the Author 245

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