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. (Click here to see a map of all our L.A. Walks.)

Here's a walk in Manhattan Beach that's all about the grass instead of the sand

10:00 AM EST, January 9, 2016

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Here's a walk in Manhattan Beach that's all about the grass instead of the sand

Everyone goes to Manhattan Beach to swim, surf or walk on the Strand to look at the ocean. But here's a long, grassy walk you can do without getting sand in your shoes.

This Sierra Madre trail conjures the 'great hiking era' of the Old West

10:00 AM EDT, October 24, 2015

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This Sierra Madre trail conjures the 'great hiking era' of the Old West

Sierra Madre was the starting point for many expeditions into the San Gabriel Mountains during the "great hiking era," which began in the 1880s and continued until the Great Depression. From a former pack station that also functioned as a speak-easy and gambling house, this charming mountain community is still a great place to walk.

Whoa! This equestrian trail in Griffith Park is great for walking

11:00 AM EST, December 5, 2015

Whoa! This equestrian trail in Griffith Park is great for walking

Griffith Park and environs are laced with equestrian trails, and some of them offer good walking too. This one features a horse tunnel under the freeway and a horse bridge over the Los Angeles River. Of course the horses have the right of way, but this route is a great flat walk for bipeds too.

L.A. Walks: Trek a ghost route left by the long-gone Red Car trolley line in Silver Lake

10:00 AM EDT, September 26, 2015

L.A. Walks: Trek a ghost route left by the long-gone Red Car trolley line in Silver Lake

Mere blocks from the busy streets and freeways dividing Silver Lake from Echo Park and Atwater Village is a wide, bucolic green space: all that's left of the Red Car electric trolley line that once ran from downtown Los Angeles through Edendale and to Glendale and beyond. The trolley's tracks and trestles are gone, but a long undeveloped corridor remains.

One reason to hike Rocky Peak in Simi Valley? Otherworldly rock formations

12:45 PM EDT, August 28, 2015

One reason to hike Rocky Peak in Simi Valley? Otherworldly rock formations

Like so many hidden Los Angeles gems, Rocky Peak Park in Simi Valley is one of those places I'd driven near and wondered about for decades. What a treat to find this alluring lunar landscape in the Santa Susana Mountains so freeway-close and easy to find.

1:40 PM EDT, June 26, 2015

Oceanside Abalone Cove Trail on Palos Verdes is a walk to awe over

Tucked into the Palos Verdes coastline, this quiet cove offers good walking, great ocean views, a secluded beach and some of Southern California's most accessible tidepools. Wear shoes that can get wet to get a close look at the aquatic animals.

L.A. Walks: Paramount Ranch offers a real hike in the faux Old West

11:00 AM EDT, April 24, 2015

L.A. Walks: Paramount Ranch offers a real hike in the faux Old West

A working movie ranch in Agoura Hills that since 1927 has been home to the Cisco Kid, Hopalong Cassidy and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains National Park Area is now a playground for hikers, bikers, equestrians and sightseers.

Walk through MacArthur and Lafayette parks is a stroll through time

1:05 PM EDT, March 20, 2015

Walk through MacArthur and Lafayette parks is a stroll through time

Solstice Canyon hike in Malibu takes in ruins of old estate

11:10 PM EST, February 19, 2015

Solstice Canyon hike in Malibu takes in ruins of old estate

Just off the Pacific Coast Highway between Pepperdine University and Point Dume, Solstice Canyon is an unusually scenic hike to the ruins of a once-grand private estate. Along the way are magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.

 Break from the bustle of L.A. with a hike in Elyria Canyon Park

8:00 AM EST, January 24, 2015

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Break from the bustle of L.A. with a hike in Elyria Canyon Park

Tucked away in an off-the-map spot between the communities of Cypress Park and Mount Washington, the quiet, 35-acre Elyria Canyon Park is a nice break from big-city noise.

L.A. Walks: An easy stroll in East L.A. at Belvedere Park

1:30 PM EST, December 19, 2014

L.A. Walks: An easy stroll in East L.A. at Belvedere Park

La Tuna Canyon fire road leads to views of city, peaks, even the ocean

4:00 PM EST, November 28, 2014

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La Tuna Canyon fire road leads to views of city, peaks, even the ocean

This popular route north of Burbank, more of a hike than a walk, is a steady climb into the Verdugo Mountains, punctuated by shortcuts up steep inclines. There's very little shade here, so climb early in the day or on a cool day, and take plenty of water. Also, bring sturdy shoes with good soles — and strong legs.

Climb the Music Box Steps ... without the piano

1:11 PM EDT, October 17, 2014

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Climb the Music Box Steps ... without the piano

Ballona Lagoon stroll is a scene of birds, marina and beach

6:35 PM EDT, September 26, 2014

Ballona Lagoon stroll is a scene of birds, marina and beach

Wilson Golf Course in Griffith Park a fine walk near the links

8:30 PM EDT, August 22, 2014

Wilson Golf Course in Griffith Park a fine walk near the links

Art and nature along the Tujunga Wash in the Valley

6:00 PM EDT, July 25, 2014

Art and nature along the Tujunga Wash in the Valley

This walk in the Tujunga Wash Greenway in the Valley is a combination leg stretch, history lesson and art gallery, taking in one of the city's least-known cultural constructions and one of the longest murals in the world. 1. Begin at the northwest corner of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Oxnard Street, near Grant High School. Through a set of green gates adorned with images of marsh plants and water birds, begin walking on the paved path going north along the concrete wash. 2. Walk along the concrete channel that carries flood overflow from Hansen Dam, nine miles to the northeast. Note the profusion of native plants lining the dry, rocky streambed to your left, among them tall sycamores and low-lying cactus and sage. More from L.A. Walks: Explore Los Angeles by foot 3. At Victory Boulevard, turn right, cross the wash on the sidewalk and turn right again to begin walking south on the opposite side. Watch for more local flora, such as the palo verde, oleander, lantana and bottle brush, lining the path. 4. Approaching Oxnard Street, walk through a stone gate and across a lawn to cross the street and continue walking south along the wash under more big sycamore trees. 5. "The Great Wall of Los Angeles" is a public art project that lasted from 1976 to 1983 (with substantial restoration completed in 2011) and that now fills the eastern-facing wall of the wash with glorious murals. Local artists, creating a history of L.A. in 0.6 mile, created what is called one of the longest murals in the world. 6. The mural highlights Olympic athletes of color, the civil rights and gay rights movements, baby boomers, the "bracero" migrant worker program, the Zoot Suit riots, the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar and Prohibition. Going backward in time, walking south, you see Rosie the Riveter, the pioneers of the motion picture industry, Chinese workers building the railroads, the settlements of the Californios, the expeditions of Gaspar de Portola and Junipero Serra, and Native American Chumash villages. 7. At Burbank Boulevard, turn right onto the sidewalk, cross the wash, and then pick up the trail on the opposite side, and head north. Walk along the edge of Los Angeles Valley College and Grant High until you're back at the starting point. Fleming is the author of "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles" and "Secret Stairs East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland." charles.fleming@latimes.com Follow me on Twitter: @misterfleming The Stats Distance: 2.5 miles

Take a stroll along the Venice Canals

8:00 PM EDT, June 20, 2014

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Take a stroll along the Venice Canals

Hiking Kenneth Hahn to surprising views and a glistening gem

6:30 PM EDT, May 30, 2014

Hiking Kenneth Hahn to surprising views and a glistening gem

Griffith Park's charming surprises are just steps away

6:00 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

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Griffith Park's charming surprises are just steps away

Stoney Point Park has a tricky path to rocky views

6:35 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Stoney Point Park has a tricky path to rocky views

A lakeside hike at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

8:30 PM EST, February 21, 2014

A lakeside hike at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

 For a trail with pleasing flow, hit Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks

10:30 PM EST, January 24, 2014

For a trail with pleasing flow, hit Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks

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

7:30 PM EST, January 10, 2014

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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

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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

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Old Town Pasadena's lesser-known side

Visiting the post-makeover Echo Park Lake

6:30 PM EDT, July 19, 2013

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Visiting the post-makeover Echo Park Lake

Hiking Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls in the Angeles National Forest

June 22, 2013

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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

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Gates reopen for Lake Hollywood strolls

Santa Monica Beach, with a power-up option

3:00 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

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Santa Monica Beach, with a power-up option

Follow the winding path at Elysian Park

3:00 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

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Follow the winding path at Elysian Park

Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area waterfowl viewing

5:00 PM EST, February 23, 2013

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Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area waterfowl viewing

Hermon Park to views in Debs Park near downtown

5:00 PM EST, January 19, 2013

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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

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A peaceful stroll through Silver Lake Meadow

King Gillette Ranch in Malibu

11:00 AM EDT, September 22, 2012

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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

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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

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L.A. Walks: Hollenbeck Park / Boyle Heights

L.A. Walks: Radio Hill

5:00 PM EST, January 2, 2012

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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

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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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