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.)
10:00 AM EDT, October 24, 2015
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.
10:00 AM EDT, September 26, 2015
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.
12:45 PM EDT, August 28, 2015
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
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.
11:00 AM EDT, April 24, 2015
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.
1:05 PM EDT, March 20, 2015
11:10 PM EST, February 19, 2015
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.
8:00 AM EST, January 24, 2015
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.
1:30 PM EST, December 19, 2014
4:00 PM EST, November 28, 2014
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.
1:11 PM EDT, October 17, 2014
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6:00 PM EDT, July 25, 2014
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." firstname.lastname@example.org Follow me on Twitter: @misterfleming The Stats Distance: 2.5 miles
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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.
2:00 PM EST, December 27, 2013
6:00 PM EST, November 29, 2013
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.
6:00 PM EDT, October 18, 2013
6:05 PM EDT, September 20, 2013
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.
3:30 PM EDT, August 16, 2013
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June 22, 2013
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.
3:00 PM EDT, May 25, 2013
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December 22, 2012
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.
November 24, 2012
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.
5:00 PM EDT, October 27, 2012
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9:01 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
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.
July 21, 2012
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.
June 23, 2012
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.
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December 5, 2011
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.
November 7, 2011
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.
October 3, 2011
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.
5:25 PM EDT, September 6, 2011
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.
2:32 PM EDT, August 22, 2011
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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