The Top Five Places to Escape the City in LA

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.

Sunset hike | Mount Baldy

Mt. Baldy
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.

The tram at Idyllwild
Idyll­wild
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.

Franklin Canyon
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.

Los Angeles Hollywood sign
Grif­fith Park
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.