These are our old standbys – trails that we know we can count on for a good scenery and a great burn. In order of increasing difficulty.
5. Echo Mountain
Length: 5 mi
Elevation Gain: 1400 ft
A perfect quick burn. It ascends quickly, offers great views of the San Gabriel Valley and is the closest hike on this list to downtown Los Angeles. Only downside? It’s often crowded.
4. Jones Peak
Length: 6.4 mi
Elevation Gain: 2215 ft
One of our favorites. A relentless ascent to an incredible vista on an uncrowded trail.
3. Mount Baden-Powell
Length: 8.2 mi
Elevation Gain: 2,834 ft
Continuous switchbacks through gorgeous alpine country. A little bit of a drive from Los Angeles, but the views are worth it.
2. Mount Lukens via Stone Canyon
Length: 9.2 mi
Elevation Gain: 3123
For an epic burn (or if you want to have a huge dinner), try this day-hike. It’s a non-stop leg-buster – so bring those poles!
1. Mount Baldy
Length: 10.33 mi
Elevation Gain: 3950
Trekking up this Mt. Whitney training hike is a feat that every LA hiker should attempt. It’s unrelenting, takes all day, but once you’re on the summit, it’ll all be worth it.