Who doesn’t dream about California with all its beautiful beaches and scenery? A city we are all familiar with, and the place we probably all want to visit, is West Hollywood. When you think of this beautiful city, connecting to nature and hiking is probably not the first thing you associate with West Hollywood. However, Los Angeles is packed with scenic hiking trails and spectacular views. We are here to share with you must-see places, things to do and hiking trails to help you plan your next trip to LA.
If you’re unfamiliar with the area or unsure which places to go to, it’s always best to start with a guided tour. Bikes & Hikes LA is an outdoor tour company based in West Hollywood that offers a wide variety of daily outdoor LA biking and hiking tours, corporate group activities and private tours all over LA. They have been ranked the safest tour company in LA.
Runyon Canyon Park is a 160-acre park in Los Angeles, California, at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. Runyon Canyon has several draws—its natural beauty, stunning views of mid-city and downtown, and its proximity to Hollywood, which means it’s often chock-full of starlets and Instagrammers climbing their way to the top.
One of the most iconic venues in Los Angeles is Griffith Observatory, an Art Deco masterpiece completed in 1935. It’s also an excellent spot to see the Hollywood sign. Each month, the Observatory offers a (free!) Sunset Walk & Talk led by a park ranger and a museum guide. The hour-long hike starts and ends on the Observatory’s West Terrace, and covers about half a mile. You’ll make stops along the way to hear about Griffith Park’s history and to see objects in the evening sky.
Visit the Observatory website for a list of upcoming hikes. Of course, you can also hike in the park and visit the Observatory on your own schedule. Admission is free.
A more secluded part of Griffith Park is Bronson Canyon, sometimes called Bronson Caves. An excavation company dug the caves before closing down in the 1920s. The ruggedly austere exterior has served as a shooting location for many films and TV shows.
The street itself borders Fryman Canyon Park, a 122-acre enclave in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains. Get set for stunning views and access to the Betty B. Dearing Cross Mountain Trail, which connects Wilacre Park, Franklin Canyon, and Coldwater Canyon Park.
One of the most popular parks in the Santa Monica Mountains is Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades. With more than 100 acres of oak and sycamore canyons, there is also access to miles of trails in Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, and a 20,000-acre area known as “Big Wild.”
Paramount Ranch boasts several miles of easy-to-moderate scenic hikes plus priceless Hollywood history. Countless Westerns came to life there during the Golden Age of movie-making. After several ownership changes, a portion of the property was sold to the National Park Service in 1980. Most of the ranch’s western town was destroyed by the Woolsey Fire in 2018, but local officials announced plans to rebuild. A white chapel just outside the town, used in the HBO series Westworld, survived the fires.
No visit to LA is complete without spending time in Malibu and a hike in Solstice Canyon is truly unforgettable. Take a stroll along the Solstice Canyon Trail or the Rising Sun Trail for a more challenging climb up. Near the perennial waterfall (a must-see) are stone and brick ruins of the Roberts ranch house, designed by architect Paul Revere Williams in 1952. A prolific designer, Williams was the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects.
For something a bit more exotic, check out Malibu Wine Hikes. These group hikes include the opportunity to meet wild animals and feed a giraffe. Enjoy a 2-mile moderate hike through the vineyards and private estate of Saddlerock Ranch, then shuttle over to the tasting room for a flight of wine.
There are countless things to do and sights to see in West Hollywood, these are just a few! The weather is nice all-year-around ensuring that you will be able to do whatever is on your list. Let us know your favourite place to go to in West Hollywood.