Summer’s coming up quick! For us that means scorchingly hot hikes followed by beach lounging – aka showing lots of skin. So, if you’re like us, we are prepping for bikinis and shorts with our favorite leg-busting hikes.

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.

Mt. Jones, Los Angeles

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.

Mt Jones, Los Angeles

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.

Hiking Baden-Powell Los Angeles

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!

Mt. Lukens, Los Angeles

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.

Mt Baldy, Los Angeles