Category: Rating: 1-3

Nature walks and hikes near the urban edge. Best as an introduction to L.A. area hiking, and for people who live or work close by. Probably disappointing for veteran hikers, but should not be overlooked. After all, an average day hiking is better than a good day at the office.

Maple Canyon (San Diego)

Maple Canyon (San Diego) Location: Maple St., San Diego. From the south, take I-5 to the W. Hawthorn St. exit (17a). Merge onto W. Hawthorn St. and take the first right onto State St. Follow State for 0.4 mile, turn right onto Maple and follow it 0.1 mile to a dead end at the trail…

Maple Canyon, San Diego, CA

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Sea Summit Trail (San Clemente)

Sea Summit Trail (San Clemente) Location: Pico Park, San Clemente. From the north, take the 5 Freeway to Avenida Vista Hermosa (exit 77). Turn right and follow Avenida Vista Hermosa 0.6 mile to Avenida Pico. Turn right and go 0.3 mile to the park entrance, on the right. From the south, take the 5 Freeway…

Sea Summit Trail, San Clemente, CA

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Navajo Canyon (San Diego)

Navajo Canyon (San Diego) Location: Alvarado Canyon Road and Adobe Falls Road, San Diego. From I-8, take exit 9 for Waring Rd. Head north on Waring Rd. and almost immediately, turn right onto Alvarado Canyon Rd. Park where available on the corner of Alvarado Canyon and Adobe Falls. Agency: San Diego Open Space & Parklands…

Navajo Canyon, San Diego, CA

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Eagle Rock Canyon Trail

Eagle Rock Canyon Trail Location: Eagle Rock, at the Scholl Canyon Road exit (11) on the 134 Freeway. Parking is available on Scholl Canyon Road just north of the freeway, by the entrance to the park. More parking can be accessed by heading south on Scholl Canyon Road, taking the first left onto Coloardo Blvd,…

View from Eagle Rock Canyon Trail, Los Angeles

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Elings Park

Elings Park Location: Santa Barbara. From Highway 101, take the Las Positas/Highway 225 exit (100) an head south for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Jerry Harwin Parkway and follow it into the park. There is a $5 per vehicle fee on weekends. Agency: Elings Park Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation gain: 200 Suggested time: 45 minutes…

Oak at Elings Park, Santa Barbara, CA

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Hahamonga Watershed Park

Hahamonga Watershed Park Location: North Windsor Ave. at Mountain View St., Pasadena. From the 210 Freeway, take Exit 22B (Arroyo Blvd/Windsor Ave.) Head north (left if you’re coming from the west; right if from the east) and follow Windsor Ave. for 0.8 mile and park in a large lot on the left side of the…

Bench at Hahamonga Watershed Park, Pasadena, CA

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Lower Arroyo Seco Recreation Area

Lower Arroyo Seco Recreation Area Location: There are several possible access points. The hike described here begins at San Pascual Stables, 221 San Pascual Ave., South Pasadena. From Pasadena, take Orange Grove Blvd. south. At 1.3 miles south of Colorado Blvd., turn right onto Madeline Drive, which becomes Arroyo Blvd. Half a mile from Orange…

Lower Arroyo Seco Recreation Area, Pasadena, CA

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La Tour (Victoria Beach, Laguna)

La Tour (Victoria Beach, Laguna) Location: Victoria Beach, Laguna. Access to Victoria Beach is via a staircase located between 2703 and 2713 Victoria Drive. From downtown Laguna Beach, take Pacific Coast Highway south for 1.8 miles and bear right on Victoria Drive. From the south, take P.C.H. north (3.1 miles past Crown Valley Parkway and…

La Tour, Victoria Beach, Laguna, CA

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Chatsworth Trails Park

Chatsworth Trails Park Location: Chatsworth. From the San Fernando Valley, take the 118 Freeway west to DeSoto Ave. Turn left and go 0.7 miles to Chatsworth St. Turn right and go 0.5 miles to Canoga Ave. Turn right and follow Canoga 0.8 miles back toward the freeway. As Canoga Avenue becomes Mayan Drive, look for…

Bottom of the canyon, Chatsworth Trails Park

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Tarantula Hill (Thousand Oaks)

 Tarantula Hill (Thousand Oaks) Location: Thousand Oaks.  From Highway 101, take the Lynn Road exit.  Head north (turn left if you’re coming from the west; right if from the east) and go 0.8 miles to Gainsborough Road.  The trail head is a small dirt turnout on the left side of the road in 0.7 miles,…

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Camarillo Grove Community Park

  Camarillo Grove Community Park Location: Camarillo.  From Highway 101, take the the Camarillo Springs Road exit.  Head east (turn left if you’re coming from Ventura or right if from L.A.) and drive 0.8 miles to the park’s entrance.  Entrance fees are $2 per vehicle on weekdays, $5 on weekends and $8 on holidays.  …

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