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    15 LA Hikes That Will Quite Literally Take Your Breath Away

    You don't have to go far to get out of the city and into nature.

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    Even the most die-hard Los Angelean needs to get out of the city every once in a while — and when you do, you don't have to go far.

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    There are tons of hiking spots in and around the city — from trails with views of the Hollywood sign to routes that traverse alongside the coast. Just make sure that you follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace so you can leave area trails as clean as (or cleaner than) you found them.

    1. Wisdom Tree, Cahuenga Peak, and Mount Lee Summit Loop

    2. Runyon Canyon Trail

    aerial shot of a hiking trail leading to the top of a hill, surrounded by lush trees and overlooking the LA city skyline
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    Located in the Hollywood Hills, this 2.7-mile loop may be popular, but sometimes popularity is a sign of quality. You can bring your pooch and run or hike alongside the beautiful people (and occasional celebrity) of LA.

    3. Betty B. Dearing Trail

    4. Rustic Canyon Loop Trail

    5. Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail

    6. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and the Culver City Steps

    7. Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon

    Dramatic clouds and coastline view of the Pacific Ocean from a dirt hiking trail
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    Directly west of Downtown LA near Malibu is Corral Canyon Park and within it, the Sara Wan Trailhead, which leads to the Corral Canyon Trail. While somewhat of a drive from the city (35 to 45 minutes), this trail is relatively quiet (!!) and boasts both ocean and mountain views. Along the hike's 2.5 miles, you'll walk beneath coast live oak, California sycamores, and willow trees — it feels like wilderness after a day spent in LA.

    8. Escondido Falls Trail

    9. Vasquez Rocks Trail

    hiking trail leads to a unique jagged rock formation with short spiky shrubs at the base
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    The otherworldly rock formations found along the Vasquez Rocks Trail are so distinct, they might almost look familiar. Located near Santa Clarita, the terrain was used as a backdrop in TV shows such as Star Trek, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, and The Twilight Zone, as well as some movies. In addition to being a TV and film-buff hot spot, this 2.6-mile loop provides a great heart-pumping workout that gets you away (somewhat) from the buzz of the city.

    10. Mount San Antonio and Mount Baldy Notch Trail

    11. Mandeville Canyon Trail

    12. Palos Verdes Bluffs Trail

    13. Mishe Mokwa to Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peak

    14. Elysian Park West Loop Trail

    15. Glendale Peak Trail

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