• Best Running Trails in L.A.


In L.A., it's always a perfect weather to enjoy a morning or mid-afternoon run. Explore these trails for your next run - not only are they all great workouts, but many also offer stunning views and fun attractions as well!

Ray Miller Backbone Trail

The 5.4-mile run is located off the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, so the gorgeous views are definitely worth the trip. This moderate trail is perfect for runners seeking a lower-intensity workout, but the spectacular ocean views and fields of wild flowers will keep your adrenaline pumping!  

San Vicente Mountain

This 7.4-mile loop is a secluded trail off of Mulholland Drive, so it’s ideal for those who want a little more privacy on their runs. In addition to the gorgeous 360-degree views from the top of the mountain, you can also get a glimpse of some United States military history from the Nike missile center, a launch site used during the Cold War. This run is the perfect mix of exercise and education! 

Marvin Braude Bike Trail

This flat, paved trail starts at the Will Rodgers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades and ends at Torrance State Beach. The 22-mile path, also known as The Strand, covers the finest sites of Southern California, from the Santa Monica Pier to Manhattan Beach. Because it runs along the beach, this trail can get a little congested with bikers and pedestrians, but the beautiful white sand beaches and spectacular people watching make it worth it!

UCLA Drake Stadium Track

The 400-meter loop, located on UCLA’s Westwood campus, is regularly open to the public, with the exception of days when the school is hosting their track & field events. The track and surrounding facilities (the stadium stairs serve as a great leg work out!) are beautifully maintained. This spot is perfect for adding some variety into your workouts! 

The Santa Monica Stairs

This famous spot is another celebrity go-to for a killer workout. The first set of stairs starts on Adelaide Street and is a steep incline of about 170 steps. Take a quick break, drink some water, and prepare yourself for the second set of stairs, which is just as steep but slightly longer. A few rounds of these stairs will leave you feeling sweaty and accomplished!

Palisades Park

This path along Ocean Avenue is surrounded by tall palm trees, which makes for a more peaceful, secluded run. The trail is a little less than 2 miles long, and there are plenty of benches that you can stop by on the way to catch your breath and take in the gorgeous ocean views. 

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