Workout in nature: The local guide to staying fit in Los Angeles

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12896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA 90265
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Epic hike through Malibu Canyon over boulders and into two grottos. Find pools of water and keep going past the first grotto to get to the second grotto. Hike to the right of the boulders to get past the first grotto. You can keep heading down the canyon as far as you like.
Chris, 29 Shear Expert and Adventurer
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The Grotto
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15900 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
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Half the fun of this hike in the Palisades is the neighborhood you drive through to get to the park, filled with a mix of million dollar mansions and contemporary homes with ocean views. I could drive around looking at houses for hours if it wasn't for the promise of a good hike. This is a great hike where you can see both parts of the city and the ocean and tailor your hike from 2-4 miles depending on what trail you follow (take the canyon trail for a shorter and less strenuous hike).
Carter, 28 Allocation Analyst at Guess
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Temescal Canyon Park
5499 Eagle Rock View Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA
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A short hike with a great view
Tracy, 72 Realtor, walker, seeker
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The Eagle Rock Canyon Trail - trail head
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2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
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One of the most surprising things about LA is how much nature is right at your doorstep. There are well-known hikes like Runyon and Temescal, but there are a ton of other areas worth exploring that have way fewer people. Franklin Canyon is the best example of this. In the middle of Beverly Hills, just up Coldwater Canyon, is this huge natural park with tons of hiking trails, ponds, and meadows where you could get lost for hours and not see a soul. It's about 5 minutes up from Sunset and a total world away.
Kristen, 40 Music Executive
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Cahuenga Peak, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
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Aka the famous "Wisdom Tree" or "Tree of Life" hike. Navigate to 3507 Wonder View Dr. for street parking and walk up the hill to the gate to find the entrance. It's a steep 3 mile hike without much shade, so beware on a hot afternoon. It's an amazing view from the top, with cool man-made rock formations, a giant American flag, and plenty of photo opportunities.
Briana, 28 Video Editor
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Cahuenga Peak
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1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107
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If you're looking for a hiking experience, this is a favorite of mine. It's 1.1. miles of open flat pretty uneventful dirt trail followed by .65 miles up a narrow canyon under a canopy of trees along the creek. At the top of the canyon you find a forty-foot waterfall that fills an amphitheater-like area where you can rest on the rocks or wade in the water. It's nice and cold which is great after the sunny hike. You'll find people in their bathing suits on a warm day for sure.
Shauna, 30 Copywriter
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Eaton Canyon Falls
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Tree of Life Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
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This hiking trail was actually bought and maintained by Hugh Hefner. There's some rock stacking up top which is strange, and a giant american flag that points towards downtown. The hike is steep, but worth it when you get to the top.
Shauna, 30 Copywriter
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Wisdom Tree Flag
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Tree of Life Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
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Incredible insurance test in hike that is paying you back with emotions while you reach your destination.
Elena, 33 Film Producer & Fitness Buff
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Wisdom Tree
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Franklin Canyon Reservoir, Los Angeles, CA 90210, USA
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Everyone, who visits LA, goes on a hike to Runyon Canyon. If you either already saw that tiny lil hollywood sign or could just care less about it, hike Franklyn Canyon instead. It's very picturesque and definitely not less challenging. Plus to get there you will have to take Mulholland drive which, thanks to Lynch, became legendary.
Elena, 33 Film Producer & Fitness Buff
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Franklin Canyon Reservoir
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15100 Ocean Front Walk, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
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The Marvin Braud Bike Trail goes 22 miles along the Pacific Ocean shoreline from Torrance Beach to Pacific Palisades. If you're a cycling enthusiast, feel free to do the the 22 miles! If not, a fun way to go is to bike, skate, or even walk from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach and back! Local tip #1: Call the trail The Strand, and you'll sound like a local! Local tip #2: Rent one of the city's Breeze Bikes like a local and lock it up at any of the Breeze Bike stations scattered around the city!
Rae Ann, 26 Multimedia Journalist & Brand Storyteller
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Marvin Braude Bike Trail
1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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A 6.2 acre park in Santa Monica, right next to the pier and Third Street Promenade. Its got great garden sculptures, plenty of tables for chilling or picnicking, and playgrounds.
Rae Ann, 26 Multimedia Journalist & Brand Storyteller
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Tongva Park
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Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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Take a stroll along Palisades Park along with locals and their dogs, or make a picnic spread on the grass or on one of their picnic tables. Located along Ocean Avenue, Palisades Park is a great place to get some steps in and take in the ocean views. The park is also a popular spot to watch LA's breathtaking sunset behind the Pacific Ocean.
Rae Ann, 26 Multimedia Journalist & Brand Storyteller
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Palisades Park
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4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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One of LA's classic parks. It's not quite 'natural' anymore, kind of like Central Park in NYC. But there's a ton of awesome hikes and it's always a good spot to throw a picnic. Tons of classic movies were filmed here too!
Austin, 32 UX Designer & Rock Climber
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Griffith Park
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1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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This is why I live in Los Angeles. I'm not here to be fancy. I burned my New York City suit lifestyle long ago. I get around on a skateboard. I can still do a kick-flip if you asked me to really try. Coming here gives you exactly what you need to feel when you are visiting the Westside of LA. Youth, grit, fun, art, and absolutely no affinity for being fancy.
Anthony, 36 Dating and Social Development Coach
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Venice Skate Park
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Venice, CA 90292, USA
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The Venice Canals can seem a bit unreal a first. In the middle of a bustling part of town, there is suddenly a little oasis. The canals are fun to walk around in, as well as a great site to take pretty pictures. They were intended to be reminiscent of Venice, Italy, when they were built by Abbot Kinney. The area is not huge, so you could easily take them in during an hour walk, and then continue walking over to Venice Beach for some ocean views, or to C&O Trattoria for some bomb Italian food (don't forget the garlic knots!)
Lili, 33 IT Educational Specialist for a museum
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Venice Canals
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