Fourth and Out!

Need to clear your head this Independence Day? Liberate yourself with hikes to nice heights or easygoing strolls for wandering and pondering. Go fourth and get out!

My Weekend Sherpa:

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1) Fly Like an Eagle Rock

Why sit in LA traffic after work when you can fly like an eagle? Or at least pretend to, as you hover over the red lights of the 134’s stop-and-go after a wonderful workout in Eagle Rock. Your hike begins…

2) Wing Stop

The best birding in LA is in Van Nuys? Arguably, yes. The minute you step into the forest of cottonwoods and weeping willows between Haskell Creek and Wildlife Lake, you wonder how this can possibly be the San Fernando Valley—especially…

3) Tramtastic Hiking!

Take your hiking to new heights! The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tramcar. In 10 minutes you’ll be whisked over the incredible cliffs of Chino Canyon to an elevation of 8,516 feet. This is the heart…

Best Hikes from the Tram

4) Descanso 2.0

Descanso Trail gets overlooked by its showy neighbor, Descanso Gardens, but if you’re looking for a quick-fix hike and a cardio challenge, opt for the 3-mile loop trail. It’s a hidden gem near the busy 210 and 2 freeways, just…

5) Stair Master!

Set at 511 feet, the balcony viewing point at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook offers a glowing perspective of Los Angeles—especially at sunset. You can drive right up to the overlook, but for a more interesting approach, and free parking, start…

6) Enchanted Oaks

Enchanting oak forests are the closest thing to a SoCal hiker’s fairy-tale setting—swarthy trunks, long, spreading branches, cool shade on a warm day. Experience one of the densest and most alluring examples at Wildwood Canyon State Park in Yucaipa via…


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