6 Los Angeles Fall Hikes You Don’t Want to Miss!

Los Angeles might not get the vibrant autumn colors of New England or upstate New York, but that doesn’t mean fall isn’t a great time to get outside and explore! In fact, thanks to the cool, dry weather, autumn in LA is one of the best times for discovering amazing hikes and trails around the city. Looking for a little outside activity?

Here are the best Los Angeles fall hikes to conquer this season.

Eaton Canyon Trail

eaton canyon and other los angeles fall hikes
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Where: Pasadena, Eaton Canyon Natural Area
Level: Moderate
Dog-friendly: Yes

Why this trail? It’s a moderate 3.5-mile round-trip hike, perfect for beginners, kids, and dogs, and the end result is absolutely amazing! Your hard work will be rewarded with a stunning waterfall and small pool.

Wonder View Trail

views of the hollywood hills

Where: Hollywood Hills
Level: Moderate to difficult
Dog-friendly: Yes

Why this trail? It’s just a 3-mile round trip, but it’s fairly rugged and steep, making Wonder View the perfect trail for those looking for a little exercise without having to leave the city. And those views at the top are totally worth the climb—city landscapes that stretch for miles and the iconic Hollywood Sign.

Sam Merril Trail / Echo Mountain

views from Sam Merril trail
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Where: Altadena, Echo Mountain
Level: Moderate to difficult
Dog-friendly: Yes

Why this trail? This 2.5-mile climb up Echo Mountain will definitely make you sweat, especially since it’s mostly steep switchbacks and not a lot of shade (which makes it an ideal cool-weather hike), but the gorgeous city and mountain views at the top are more than worth the effort. You’ll also find a nice picnic spot (left over from the site’s old resort), pieces of the old Mt. Lowe Railroad, and an metal echo phone.

Old Stagecoach Trail

views from Santa Susana Park
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Where: Santa Susana Pass Historic State Park
Level: Moderate to difficult
Dog-friendly: Yes

Why this trail? This 5-mile loop traverses some of the most scenic sections of the Santa Susana Pass Park, and includes breathtaking views of the San Fernando Valley, the Simil Hills, and even the San Gabriel Mountains, the Verdugos, and the Hollywood Hills on clear days. There’s a shorter in-and-back hike on this route, too.

Wildwood Canyon

Where: Burbank
Level: Easy to moderate
Dog-friendly: Yes

Why this trail? This short 2-mile loop is perfect for those looking for a quick climb to amazing views out over Burbank, the San Fernando Valley, and even the Downtown LA skyline. The trailhead park also includes restrooms, picnic grounds, and drinking water for added convenience.

Mount Baldy Loop

beautiful views on a los angeles fall hike

Where: San Gabriel Mountains
Level: Difficult
Dog-friendly: Yes, with caution

Why this trail? The highest point in the San Gabriel Mountains, Mount Baldy is a must-do for serious hikers in the LA area. It’s a grueling climb to the 10,064-foot peak, and there are two trails to take you there—which combine into a 11.3-mile loop hike with roughly 3,900 feet of elevation gain. It may seem like a long trek, but the panoramic views from the top are more than worth the effort.

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