The Best Hikes in the West Hollywood Hills

Southern California — and especially West Hollywood — is a great place to enjoy the outdoors year round. A favorite outdoor activity for locals and visitors alike is hiking, as the weather is suitable all year long. There are several great hikes among the West Hollywood Hills ranging from scenic walking trails to higher intensity hikes. So throw on your hiking shoes and head out for a hike on one of the following best hikes in the West Hollywood Hills:

Runyon Canyon

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With its 130 acres of overlapping dirt trails and fantastic views of the city, it is no surprise that Runyon Canyon is a favorite place to hike in West Hollywood. Here, hikers can choose from a variety of hikes as well as levels of hikes. For example, if you are looking for a quick, easy hike with a nice view, you can hike a 1.65-mile loop that only increases in elevation by 500 feet. If you prefer a more challenging hike, try a 3.25-mile hike with an elevation change of 800 feet. Use the Runyon Canyon map to choose the right hike for you.

Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa

The Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa is a half-day hike that travels 7.28 miles and increases in elevation by 1,292 feet. Expect this trail to begin like most Southern California hikes, but then watch as it quickly changes into lush scenery. Because this hike overlooks Topanga State Park, it’s full of ivy and blooming flowers. Plus, from the time you reach the first peak the views of the Pacific Ocean open up, and on a clear day they are amazing.

Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign

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One of the most iconic sites in West Hollywood is the Hollywood Sign, so it’s fitting that one of the best hikes is the Hollyridge Trail to the Hollywood Sign. This hike rates moderately difficult with its 3.5 miles in distance. You wind your way up the West Hollywood Hills until you find yourself behind the famous sign overlooking the valley. Make sure you bring a map because the trail has no directional signs, making it easy to get turned around.

Griffith Park

Griffith Park is known for its observatory, botanical gardens, and zoo, but did you know that it has over 53 miles of trails and is one of the largest parks in North America? Hikers choose from over 14 trails ranging in length from 0.3 miles to 6.5 miles. Guides such as Modern Hiker are good for checking out the details on various hikes. However, if you prefer to explore the unknown, use the color-coded signs along the way; green markers are for short nature trails, blue are for moderate hikes, and red are for intense hikes.

As you can see, there are many great places to hike in the West Hollywood Hills. So when you plan your next trip, book a hotel in West Hollywood and don’t forget to pack your hiking gear.

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