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.

Sand Dune Park (Manhattan Beach)

Sand Dune Park (Manhattan Beach) Location: 33rd St. and Bell Avenue, Manhattan Beach.  From the 405 Freeway, take the Rosecrans Avenue exit and head west for 2.5 miles.  Turn left on Bell Avenue and drive 0.2 miles to the park entrance.  From the 105 Freeway, take the Sepulveda/Highway 1 South exit.  Head south for 2.4…

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Elfin Forest Nature Trail

Elfin Forest Nature Trail Location:   Lower San Antonio Fire Station, 3000 N. Mountain Ave, Upland.  From I-210, take the Mountain Ave. exit and head north for 4 miles.  (Note that Mountain Ave. makes a few turns on the way up, so be sure to follow the street signs.)  The fire station is on the…

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Vista Del Norte Trail

Vista Del Norte Trail Location: Rolling Hills Estates, on the corner of Indian Peak Road and Norris Center Drive. From I-405, take the Hawthorne Blvd. exit and drive south for 8.5 miles.  Turn left on Indian Peak Road, go 0.4 miles and park in the lot at the Norris Center, on the right.  From I-110,…

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Harriet Wieder Park

Harriet Wieder Park Location: 19521 Seapoint Ave, Huntington Beach.  From the traffic circle in Long Beach, take Pacific Coast Highway south for 10.2 miles.  Turn left onto Seapoint Ave, drive a mile to Garfield Ave (past the park entrance) and make a U-turn.  Head back toward P.C.H. and enter the parking lot on your right.…

Harriet Wieder Park, Huntington Beach, CA

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Carbon Canyon Nature Trail

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Hernandez Ranch (Peck Park)

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Gum Grove Park

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Sycamore Canyon Park (Diamond Bar)

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Dana Point Headlands

Location: Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point. From I-5, take exit 79 for Pacific Coast Highway. Head west on P.C.H. for 0.9 mile to Dana Harbor Drive. Turn left and follow Dana Harbor Drive 1.2 miles to Cove Road. Turn right and follow Cove Road 0.2 mile uphill to Scenic Drive.…

Dana Point Headlands, Orange County, CA

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Hollywood Reservoir

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Canyon Community Park (Costa Mesa)

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Madrona Marsh Nature Center

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Castlewood Trail (Fullerton)

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White Point Nature Preserve

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Aliso Summit Trail

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