New York may have sky scrapers, but Los Angeles has the clear skies. To get the best view of all LA, you have to be willing to put on your hiking shoes. These are the best hikes in Los Angeles with a breathtaking view that won't have you using up too much time from your short-term trip.
Known as a headquarters for Nazi sympathizers Herr Schmidt, Winona and Norman Stephens and their legion of followers back in the 1930's, Murphy's Ranch was raided by U.S. authorities and closed in 1941. Luckily for modern-day visitors, the buildings were kept in tact. Venturing through the old, story-ridden gates, hikers can follow the steep steps down to the Murphy House to appreciate the ever-changing detailed graffiti art covering the space from roof to basement. If you wish to continue your exploration, carefully navigate your way up the steep incline behind the house to seek out the water tower. This ranch is famous not only for it's history, but for the transformation of its archaic ruins, where avid tourists and graffiti artists alike enjoy the unconventional combination of awesome views, historically significant structures and intriguing art. This hike is approximately 4 miles and, due to the advantageous photo and graffiti opportunities, takes a little over two hours to experience. Trust me, this is a must see.
Distance : 4 miles Difficulty : Moderate Location : Capri Drive & Casale Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Just under 4 miles, Mount Hollywood is one of the Griffith Observatory Hike Trails. In under 90 minutes you can hike this trail, take a picture of the iconic Hollywood sign, and burn off the calories we're sure you've been consuming at famous ice cream shop, Diddy Riese. If you stay on the Mount Hollywood Trail the hike is quick, easy, and painless. However, if you want an added challenge there are alternate routes half way through the hike offering a steep climb and a rugged trail. Once you finish up the hike, head towards the Griffith Observatory and keep on sight-seeing.
Distance : 3.89 miles Difficulty : Easy Location : 4730 Crystal Springs Dr Los Angeles, CA 90027
Just above celebrity saturated Beverly Hills, Franklin Canyon is LA hikers' hidden gem. This favorite quickie offers several trail options that range from easy to sweat inducing, and rewards with some of the best views of scenic Santa Monica. It is the perfect hike for those who are searching for some LA sights and a little solitude.
Distance : 3.89 miles Difficulty : Easy and Moderate Location : 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Runyon Canyon Hike
For a quick and easy hike, Runyon Canyon is your trail. Dog friendly, this hike is an LA staple with an anticipated crowd of hikers on the weekends. The views here are spectacular with sights of the Hollywood sign, million dollar mansions, and the Sunset Strip. Parking, however, can be very tricky. My advice: snag a spot on nearby Mulholland Drive and walk just a short distance to the entrance. At about 3 miles round trip, take a seat on the uppermost bench and let the 360 degree view from the Eastern edge of downtown LA to the Western side of Santa Monica etch a panoramic portrait into your memory.
Distance : 3 miles Difficulty : Easy Location : 2001 N Fuller Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046