Hiking for fitness can sometimes seem like a strenuous sport, but the benefits certainly outweigh the drawbacks when it comes to fitness levels and uphill battles. When you reach the top of a mountain or get access to unrivalled views, hiking suddenly becomes less of a sport and more of a must-do travel experience.
When in LA, be sure to put hikes on the top of your list for must-do’s. There are a couple of options, and all offer their unique views of the city and are considered moderate when it comes to fitness levels.
HOLLYWOOD SIGN HIKE
BEST FOR: This is by far the best way to get views of the Hollywood sign. The hike takes you up and behind the sign, with incredible views of LA too.
FITNESS LEVEL: This hike requires moderate fitness levels as there are quite a few steep hills. Children would enjoy this hike as long as they have plenty of water and sun protection.
HOW TO GET THERE: The trailhead entrance is located at 3000 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90068, USA. As the trailhead starts up quite steep, it is highly recommended to drive to the start of the trail (don’t bother trying to walk or riding a bike, you’ll be tired before you even start)! Ubers are very cheap in LA so it’s also an easy way to get there (as parking can sometimes be limited). The hike is free and open 365 days of the year from sunrise to sunset.
WHAT TO BRING: Make sure you bring plenty of water as it gets very hot and dry on the trail. The hike is relatively short (a couple of hours round trip) so you won’t need food (unless you’re taking children).
WHAT TO WEAR: Enclosed shoes are highly recommended, as are covered clothing to ensure you don’t get sunburnt.
BEST FOR: Unrivalled views across LA city and beyond.
FITNESS LEVEL: Moderate fitness levels are required for the majority of the trail, with the top end of the trail requiring a higher level of fitness due to the length and winding hills.
HOW TO GET THERE: Drive to the top of Fuller Ave in Hollywood, CA, 90046, USA. Parking can be limited on this street, however plenty of parking can be found further down the street with a small walk to the entrance.
WHAT TO BRING: Water is always a must for any hike and if you’re planning on hiking to the top it’s a good idea to bring some snacks too.
WHAT TO WEAR: Ensure you wear protective clothing, take plenty of sunscreen and enclosed shoes are imperative.