Warmer weather is just around the corner, and that means one thing. We're all searching for sunny skies and new places to explore. If you're a lover of the great outdoors, it's time to plan your next trip. We've found the best hiking spots near Los Angeles that are perfect for spring.

From hidden waterfalls and hidden ruins to pup-friendly trails and scenic ocean views, there's something here for every kind of traveler. 

Runyon Canyon Park

Price: Free

Difficulty: Easy distance and elevation gain; watch your footing for loose gravel.

Location: 2000 N Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 

Why You Should Go: This 2.7-mile roundtrip hike leads you to gorgeous city skyline views overlooking all of Los Angeles. It’s especially spectacular at sunset. Plus, it's dog-friendly.

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Eaton Canyon Falls Trail

Price: Free

Difficulty: Easy

Location: 1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 

Why you should go: This 3.5-mile roundtrip easy hike takes you through the Santa Monica Mountains to a 40-foot waterfall. It's pretty much a flat trail most of the way there and back.

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Bridge to Nowhere

Price: Small parking fee

Difficulty: Difficult

Location: Camp Bonita Rd, La Verne, CA

Why You Should Go: Are you looking to tackle something a little more challenging? This 10-mile trek takes you through the San Gabriel Mountains through multiple creek crossings. If you're lucky, you might see some Bighorn Sheep along the way.

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Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Price: Free

Difficulty: Moderate

Location:  9853 Andora Ave, Chatsworth, CA

Why You Should Go: This park was once used as a pathway for historic stagecoaches traveling west. Besides beautiful natural features, you might even see a seasonal waterfall or remains of the old carriages below the trail. You can find full directions for a 5-mile trek here.

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Escondido Falls

Price: $8 parking fee

Hours: 24 hours

Location: Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, CA 

Why You Need To Go: At the right time of the year, this seasonal waterfall can reach 150 feet tall. You can even bring your leashed dogs on this hike. The upper falls are located on private property and are not open to the public, but you can see gorgeous views from the designated trails. 

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El Matador State Beach

Price: $8 parking fee

Difficulty: Easy (steep, short walk)

Location: 32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA

Why You Should Go: This easy walk will take you to one of Malibu's best-kept secrets. There's plenty of sea caves to explore, and the way the massive rocks frame the sparkling blue ocean water is stunning.

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Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak

Price: Free

Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Tree of Life Trail, Los Angeles, CA

Why You Should Go: This 1.6-mile roundtrip trail will take you to the top of a beautiful overlook in Los Angeles among wildflowers. When you reach the top, you can seek shade underneath the famed 'wisdom tree,' which survived a blazing 2009 wildfire.

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No matter what type of adventurer you are, there's something on this list for everyone. Spring is an ideal time to hit the trails near Los Angeles. The weather's cool, flowers are blooming, and there is plenty of sunshine to go around.


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