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Gotta hike ‘em all: L.A. County’s trail treasures

With sparkling waterfalls, old school swimming holes, breathtaking views and even a hike-able slice of TV history, L.A. County’s trailscape is as diverse and inspiring as the region itself. As summer makes its blazing arrival, there’s no better time to get out and start exploring some of the coolest hikes around. Let these photos be your guide to adventures within the County trail system and beyond. More experiences await at trails.lacounty.gov.


Charmlee Wilderness Park

Malibu, CA

Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, Charmlee Wilderness Park is the perfect place to meander through the morning marine layer or set out in search of a stunning L.A. sunset over the Pacific. From bustling meadows to an ocean overlook that will take your breath away, Charmlee Wilderness Park is a must for hikers of all ages.

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 Distance: 3.25 miles  Elevation Gain: 0 feet Trail Map

Hermit Falls Trail

Monrovia, CA

Venture into the San Gabriel Mountains above Monrovia for a hike to remember. Head down into the Santa Anita Canyon to reach one of the most majestic waterfalls in Los Angeles County. Sunbathe on the rocks, splash in the creek or take a dip in the swimming hole to cool off and beat the summer heat.

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 Distance: 2.6 miles  Elevation Gain: 750 feet Trail Map

Marshall Canyon Trail

La Verne, CA

Whether you travel on foot, bike or horseback, create your own adventure as you make your way from Frank G. Bonelli Park through the city of La Verne along the Marshall Canyon Trail. With a mixture of urban, rural and foothill settings, this trail offers some of L.A. County’s most diverse scenery and varied experiences.

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 Distance: 7.83 miles  Elevation Gain: 1351 feet Trail Map

Sturtevant Falls Trail

Monrovia, CA

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a day in the San Gabriel Mountains. Take a step back in time as you hike to an awe-inspiring waterfall. Along the way, you’ll traverse a burbling creek and walk past vintage resort cabins under spreading oak trees on this trip into the heart of Los Angeles County's natural beauty.

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 Distance: 3.25 miles  Elevation Gain: 400 feet Trail Map

Schabarum-Skyline Trail

Hacienda Heights, CA

One of the longest trails in Los Angeles County, the Schabarum-Skyline Trail stretches from Covina to Whittier. If you're up for an adventure, you can branch off into the Puente Hills Nature Preserve or hop on to the San Gabriel River bike trail. Don't forget to take in the great views of the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple.

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 Distance: 30.11 miles  Elevation Gain: 1142 feet Trail Map

M*A*S*H Trail

Malibu, CA

Travel in the footsteps of Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John M.D. on this hike into Malibu Creek State Park, where you'll be transported back to the 1970s television era as you explore locations used on the iconic series M*A*S*H. Visitors can climb aboard vintage military vehicles and explore the expansive former Twentieth Century Fox movie ranch.

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 Distance: 4.85 miles  Elevation Gain: 652 feet Trail Map

Park to Playa Trail

Baldwin Hills, CA

Start with one of the best views of Los Angeles and end this hike on a sandy beach in Playa del Rey. To make it an all-day outdoors treat, start by exploring the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area and the Baldwin Hills Parklands before jumping onto the Ballona Creek Bike Path for a five-mile ride to the Pacific Ocean.

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 Distance: 18.88 miles  Elevation Gain: 505 feet Trail Map

Manzanita Mountain Trail

Santa Clarita, CA

Interested in a short hike? Look no further than the Manzanita Mountain Trail in Placerita Canyon. Though the trail is steep, the trip pays off with gorgeous views. Wildlife sightings just might include a sun-loving reptile or two. While you're visiting, don't forget to make a stop at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

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 Distance: 0.56 miles  Elevation Gain: 525 feet Trail Map

Malibu Creek Rock Pool Trail

Malibu, CA

One of the best ways to beat the heat this summer is a refreshing dip in the rock pool at Malibu Creek State Park. A short hike through the park will lead you to the pristine natural pool. Surrounded by trees and covered with shade, it's also the perfect spot for a relaxing midday picnic before heading back to the bustle of urban life.

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 Distance: 3.0 miles  Elevation Gain: 125 feet Trail Map