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June 2005

Ultimate Summer Escapes: The Best Dayhikes and Backpacking Trips Near You

Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.

Los Angeles

In the city

Griffith Park Make your getaway on a horse, and witness the rare convergence of English saddles and Mexican salsa.

Occupying 4,107 acres of Los Angeles County, Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. And yet, since few of its 53 miles of trails are signed, hikers stick to a handful of routes-most often the trail that leads to the top of Mt. Hollywood. Avoid the beaten track by signing on for a guided horseback ride along the park’s lesser-known routes. Evening outings with Sunset Ranch Hollywood feature 360-degree views of the city; stop halfway (after an hour and a half) for Mexican food and country music at Viva Cantina.

Get There Sunset Ranch is located at the top of Beachwood Drive in the Hollywood Hills.

Get Info Griffith Park, (323) 913-4688. At Sunset Ranch Hollywood (323-469-5450; ), rides cost $50 and up (not including dinner).

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