City life in Los Angeles is iconic: from film sets and studios to high-end shopping and luxury living at its most elegant, there's nowhere else like it. When the rush of city life wears on, even those who live and breathe Beverly Hills turn to hiking to get energized and see the city in a new light. Fortunately—much like entertainment, shopping, and real estate—Los Angeles's hiking is world-class. Here are four of the best hiking trails around Beverly Hills for hiking beginners, experienced outdoorsy types, and everyone in between.
Spanning 605 acres of grasslands, oaklands, and shrubby hillsides, Franklin Canyon Park is one of Los Angeles's most extensive and iconic parks. The park's historic landscape is home to vast picnic grounds and Spanning 605 acres of grasslands, oaklands, and shrubby hillsides, Franklin Canyon Park is one of Los Angeles's most extensive and iconic parks. The park's historic landscape is home to vast picnic grounds and over 5 miles of hiking trails, plus a variety of topical features like the Sooky Goldman Nature Center. Birding enthusiasts will particularly enjoy sightseeing at the lake and accessible Heavenly Pond, which are home to a variety of migratory and local birds in the Pacific flyway.
Best Easy Trail: Discovery Trail Loop (0.3 mi) — a relaxing stroll through the walnut woods along the canyon bottom.
Best Challenge Trail: Hastain Trail (2.3 mi) — a vigorous climb to a scenic overlook of west Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, followed by a descent along a single trail on the return.
The nearby Runyon Canyon Park is another go-to for those who call Beverly Hills home, and with good reason: with over 130 acres of varied trails, including many loops offering panoramic views of Los Angeles, it's the perfect place to squeeze in a hike without going too far. It's a popular destination, especially for dog-lovers—since dogs are allowed off-leash on 90 of the park's acres, many locals enjoy canine-friendly strolls along the wide paths.
Best Easy Trail: Mulholland Drive Loop (0.85 mi) — a short loop beginning on Mulholland Drive and ascending just 200m to the park's peak.
Best Challenge Trail: The Hero Trail (3.2 mi) — a heart-pumping trail with steep ascents and narrow paths, but equally breathtaking views over LA and slightly more quiet than can be expected with easier trails.
Built overtop a giant reservoir, Coldwater Canyon Park & Reservoir today offers locals an expansive, lush green space that spans the original park grounds and extends to the west side of Coldwater Canyon. The park is also home to TreePeople, and has beautiful nature trails to match.
Best Trail: The Coldwater Canyon Park Trail (3.1 mi) — popular with all demographics, this trail is long enough to be compelling but leisurely enough to be doable for most. Those wishing for a more challenging trail may want to use a connecting point to Franklin Canyon.
The 12th-highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains, Cahuenga Peak is home to fiendishly challenging trails, stunning wildlife, and jaw-dropping panoramic views of Los Angeles. Once owned by Howard Hughes, the Peak has been officially considered part of Griffith Park since 2010. Cahuenga Peak is particularly known for its rare flora, including the Mariposa Lily and Bougainvillea. It's a popular inclusion on a number of combined hikes, especially due to its proximity to the Hollywood Sign and the Giving Tree.
Best Trail: The Cahuenga Peak Loop (3.7 mi) — a steep, rugged hike with little to no sun protection, this is a short but intense course that rewards hikers with unparalleled 360 degree views of LA.