With the world still thrown from its axis, we could all use a little escapism in nature to clear our heads.
1. Solstice Canyon
Take a sharp right turn off the PCH, motor up the scenic Coral Canyon Road and you’ll find yourself in a heavenly park. Solstice Canyon is tucked in the mountains of Malibu and perfect for a leisurely stroll or an all-out sprint. What draws nature lovers to the park is not only its accessibility, but also the sparkling waterfall inside.
2. Runyon Canyon
Looking to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign? Runyon Canyon Park is home to a variety of trails that range from, quite literally, a walk in the park to an intense cardio workout.
3. Temescal Canyon
Located in the Pacific Palisades, the Temescal Canyon Loop is a heavily trafficked favorite. On the hike you’ll get both ocean and canyon views, and it is an optimal location to catch the sunset over the coastline. Because of its winding nature, dogs are not allowed on the trail, so let your pooch sit this one out.
4. Kenneth Hahn
A little over 2 miles long and located between downtown Culver City, the Village Green and Inglewood, the Kenneth Hahn Park trail is an oasis among industry. Walking along the well-traveled path among wildlife and foliage, you would never guess you’re in the heart of a major city.
5. Griffith Park
Ah, the crown jewel of Los Angeles: Griffith Park. Whether you are visiting from out of town and looking to hit all the L.A. landmarks or a local taking advantage of the sunshine, Griffith Park lives up to its reputation. There are four hiking trails that can lead you to the infamous Hollywood sign: Innsdale Drive, Burbank Peak, Brush Canyon and Hollyridge.
6. Los Leones Canyon
Short, sweet and filled with a variety of foliage, Los Leones Canyon’s stunning views will be worth your sore legs the morning after. The 1.3-mile hike with 550 feet of elevation gain weaves through lush California greenery and looks over the Santa Monica Bay. At the end of the trail is a gorgeous clearing with a panoramic view of Santa Monica, the Pacific Palisades and, of course, the ocean.