The vibrancy, energy, and industry offered in LA attract millions of people daily. For nature lovers, however, the incessant city sounds and crowds often require frequent escapes for a reprieve. Below are some easy to access nature hubs in Los Angeles.
Pack a picnic or some cash for the restaurant at the lodge and hop on a chairlift first thing in the morning. If you arrive past 10am you might be stuck in a line for the lift, and aren’t crowds what we’re trying to avoid? Once at the top enjoy sweeping views, cooler temps, and depending on the season tubing or winter sports. From the top of the lift, you can take a variety of hikes (including a 5‑mile hike to the summit) with varying degrees of difficulty.
Limekiln Canyon Park
This park offers an easy stroller-friendly trail that features a creek and old growth trees. It can get very hot with numerous full sun sections, so plan accordingly.
If you’re looking for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle and want to log some miles on your trail shoes then this place is just the ticket. Here, you can paraglide, hike, rock climb, or relax on the balcony of your log cabin with your favorite drink and a good book in hand.
Enjoy the peace offered by the surrounding great cedars and the ponds. Feed the ducks, or watch water turtles and heron basque in the sun.
The Los Angeles Rain Forest
Accessible from Laurel Pass or the backside of Fryman Canyon, the LA Rain Forest is a hidden an unknown gem. The massive Eucalyptus trees surround a deep canyon providing relief from the intense summer sun. This section of the hike is always at least 5–8 degrees cooler than the rest.
This famous 4200+ acre park offers 53 miles of trails with 21+ different hikes! The hikes vary from climbing to the Hollywood sign to walking next to horses under a chestnut tree canopy.