Find solitude high above Los Angeles.
The best local hikes in LA.
Climb high and then plunge deep on this hike in Southern California.
Slip and slide into refreshing pools at these backcountry swimming holes.
My hike, like a million other trips each day in Los Angeles, starts with a ride on a rumbling bus.In the heart of Los Angeles, a band of hikers starts a local-trails revolution--one step at a time.
Thru-hike L.A. County? It can be done with Southern California's Backbone Trail.
After reading Dan Koeppel's latest urban hiking adventure "Don't Pay at the Pump" (September 2008), we guarantee you'll want to crank "Magic Bus" and ditch the car on your next trip to the trailhead. We can help. Our map team has assembled more than 25 hikes you can access via public transportation. Plus, check out more of Michael Darter's photos and read Koeppel's 2004 feature, "I Climbed Los Angeles," to learn about his slightly insane 19-mile L.A. staircase route.
The condors know all about Chumash Wilderness, but luckily, the masses in Los Angeles don't.
Sierra scenery at L.A.'s backdoor.
As ice-cream makers in Los Angeles once knew, the Cucamonga Wilderness is the essence of cool.