Whether you’re a casual adventurer or a hard-core hiker, the Santa Monica and larger Los Angeles area provides plenty of chances for you to get away from the city and enjoy the natural splendor of the region. Here are some of our favorite hikes for residents and visitors in the Beverly Hills or Marina del Rey areas. After you’ve worked up an appetite, check out our Beverly Hills restaurant choices!
Fryman Canyon Park
Nestled in the eastern section of Santa Monica Mountains north of Mulholland Drive is Fryman Canyon Park. This park has a lot to offer visitors, including wonderful views, scenic hiking trails, and a fitness course. You’ll find Dearing Cross Mountain Trail, open to hikers, equestrians, and leashed dogs.
Franklin Canyon Park
Franklin Canyon Park spans a vast 605 acres right smack-dab in the middle of Los Angeles between San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. With a beautiful 3-acre lake, lovely duck pond, over 5 miles of hiking trails, and plenty of picnic grounds, Franklin Canyon Park offers something for everyone. You’ll find three main trails at Franklin Canyon Park: Discover Trail (0.3 miles round trip), Hastain Trail (2.3 miles round trip), and Berman Trail (1 mile to Mulholland Drive).
Topanga State Park
If you’re looking for an accessible state park within the city limits of Los Angeles, look no further than Topanga State Park. With 36 miles of trails across grasslands, forests, and stunning Pacific Ocean coastlines, there’s truly a lot to see at this beautiful park. A number of hiking trails are present, including Musch Trail, Eagle Spring, Hub Junction, Temescal Fire Road, Backbone Trail, and Santa Ynez Trail among others.
Getty View Park
At Getty View Park, you’ll find a 2.9-mile trail that offers lovely wildflowers and is accessible to many skill levels from beginner to advanced. You’ll also enjoy the views! Check out Getty View Park if you’re into great views and wildlife.
Last but not least is O’Melveny Park. This park offers picnic tables, a great hiking trail, and a jogging path. It is open Monday through Sunday from dawn to dusk, so be sure to pay a visit today!