“Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best exercise.” Carrie Latet
The Los Angeles region is blessed with both a nearly perfect climate, boasting an average of 329 days of sunshine per year and a vast array of natural beauty. Because of this and because of the numerous mountain ranges in the region, hiking opportunities abound.
There are numerous places in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains to engage in lengthy hikes, but there is also Griffith Park right in the middle of the city itself. The park, which is actually the very western edge of the Santa Monica range is perfect for a morning or evening jog or hike, when one hasn’t the time to drive a bit further.
With more than 53 miles of trail, there are numerous combinations of routes hikers can choose. Some of the older roads in the park have been closed off and, with their more gradual grade, offer good courses for jogging. If you wish to get a little more off the beaten path, there are tons of dirt options with multiple routes from which to choose as well.
The sudden rise in elevation with the hills jutting up out of the Los Angeles Basin below provides sweeping views of the region, including the basin below as well as the surrounding mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean to the west.