Best Hiking Trails with Stunning Views of Los Angeles

LA isn't just about celebs and red carpets – it's also a hiker's paradise. The city's surrounded by mountains and hills, so if you're looking to get your hike on, you're in the right place. Not sure where to start? No worries! Grab a Daytime Guava High Seltzer, and let's check out some of the sickest hiking trails with killer views in Los Angeles.

Most Scenic LA Hiking Trails

Hiking is one of the best daytime activities to do while high. There’s nothing like catching a good buzz and getting outside to exercise. Drink up, get moving, and trust us – these views are so worth the sweat!

Runyon Canyon Trail

Right in Hollywood's backyard, Runyon Canyon Trail is a 3.3-mile hike with views that'll blow your mind. It's a moderate hike with an 875-foot elevation gain, so it's not too rough. Plus, it's dog-friendly, so bring your four-legged BFF. Just remember to pack some water and treats for them too!

Griffith Observatory Trail

This 2.5-mile hike takes you to the iconic Griffith Observatory. It's a pretty chill hike with a 585-foot elevation gain, and you'll get to see the Hollywood Sign, downtown LA, and the Pacific Ocean from the top. It's open all year and perfect for stargazing at night or selfies by day. 

Echo Mountain Trail

If you're up for a challenge, Echo Mountain Trail is your jam. It's a 5.5-mile hike with a 1,400-foot elevation gain. At the top, you'll find the ruins of the Echo Mountain House, an old hotel from the late 1800s. The views of the San Gabriel Mountains and downtown LA are legit.

Temescal Canyon Trail

This 3-mile hike takes you through a green canyon and ends at a waterfall. It's moderately difficult, with an 800-foot elevation gain. From the top, enjoy sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Los Liones Trail

This 3.3-mile hike in Topanga State Park is considered moderate, with a 900-foot elevation gain. At the top, soak in the gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Mountains, and downtown LA. This is the perfect spot to snap an Insta-worthy pic or practice that new TikTok dance.

How to Prepare for a Los Angeles Hike

Before hitting the trails, you'll need to get prepared. Here's how to gear up for your LA hiking adventure:

Get the Right Gear

Rock some comfy clothes and shoes. LA can get hot, so choose lightweight, breathable gear. And pick hiking shoes that offer support and grip.

Don't forget sunscreen and a hat. Keep your skin safe from the sun, and remember to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.

Pack a backpack with water, snacks, and other essentials like a first aid kit, map, and compass.

Water and Snacks

Bring enough water and snacks to keep you fueled. Make sure you've got at least one liter of water per person and some tasty treats like energy bars, nuts, or fruit. If you're hiking with your dog, pack extra water for them too.

Plan Ahead

Check the weather and trail conditions before you head out. Stay safe by avoiding extreme weather like high heat, strong winds, or rain.

Figure out how to get to the trailhead. Most LA trails are accessible by car or public transportation. For example, you can reach Runyon Canyon Trail by car or bus, and Griffith Observatory Trail by car or the DASH Observatory Shuttle. Check each trail's website for directions and parking info. Make sure you time out your hike so you can catch a ride back after!

Consider a guided tour if you're new to hiking or want to learn more about the area. There are plenty of companies that offer hiking tours in LA led by experienced guides who can share cool info and insights about the area.

Boost Up With a Daytime Guava High Seltzer

Getting ready for an LA hike means planning and, of course, getting your mind right! Kick off your adventure with a Daytime Guava High Seltzer. With 10mg THC and 5mg THCv, you’ll get the energy boost you need to climb to the top of every trail. 

Keep your fridge stocked with ice-cold High Seltzers so you can enjoy a post-hike refreshment. With plenty of flavors to choose from, there is something for everyone in your crew. With delivery options in LA, you can pack your gear at home while your beverages are en route. 

Looking for more ways to seize the day? Check out our list of fun things to do while high with your friends.