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Malibu Creek State Park (photo by Yvonne Condes)

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Malibu Creek State Park (photo by Yvonne Condes)

Malibu Creek State Park Photo Credit: Yvonne Condes

One of the very best things about living in Southern California is the ability to explore the outdoors nearly year round. With a bounty of family friendly hiking trails in and around Los Angeles, there is no reason not to get up, get out and explore! We have curated a list of the best family friendly hikes near Los Angeles just for you.

Related: 5 Best Hikes in Los Angeles For Kids 

Temescal Gateway Park

15900 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA
Phone: (310) 840-2187

Located in Pacific Palisades, Temescal Gateway Park is one of the most popular parks in the Santa Monica Mountains. The park encompasses 141 acres of oak and sycamore canyons, ridgetop views, and access to miles of trails in Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, and the 20,000-acre “Big Wild.” Park amenities include easy to moderate trails, picnic tables and grassy areas, restrooms, a camp store, meeting rooms, an auditorium, and classrooms. Overnight accommodations include 6 new California bungalow-style dorms with a 64-bed capacity; eight rustic cabins with a 90-bed capacity; one honeymoon cottage; and one newly renovated family style cabin.

Topanga State Park

Topanga, CA
Phone: (310) 455-2465

Located entirely within the Los Angeles city limits and considered to be the world’s largest wild land within the confines of a major city, the Topanga State Park includes 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains. There are great recreational opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers  and equestrians. Families can explore geologic formations including earthquake faults, marine fossils, volcanic intrusions, and a wide variety of sedimentary formations.

Solstice Canyon

Malibu, CA 90265

Located in Malibu, Solstice Canyon has one of the only year-round waterfalls in the mountains. Full of history dating back to the early 20th century, visitors can take an easy hike for a couple of miles, or a strenuous hike over six miles. Proximity to the beach makes this an extremely popular destination on weekends. With limited parking, carpooling is strongly encouraged.

White Point Nature Preserve

1600 West Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 561-0917

The White Point Nature Preserve features 102 acres of restored coastal sage scrub habitat, hiking and handicap accessible trails overlooking the ocean and Catalina Island. Family friendly Palos Verdes Views trail is a 1.6 mile hike which offers a gorgeous look at Catalina Island and occasionally San Nicholas Island.

Malibu Creek State Park

1925 Las Virgenes Road
Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone: (818) 880-0367

Located just 25 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, the Malibu Creek State Park is a pristine 25 mile stretch of nature’s beauty. The park features hiking, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding,  mountain bike trails, rock climbing, a swimming hole, and even the remnants of the old M*A*S*H* television show set. 20th Century Fox owned a movie ranch there and Viva Zapata!, Love Me Tender, and Planet of the Apes were filmed at the park.

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 913-4688

Home to iconic attractions like the merry-go-round, observatory and L.A. Zoo, Griffith Park also has tons of family friendly hiking trails. For a great family-friendly Griffith Park hike, the Fern Canyon Trail is the way to go where you’ll be able see gophers, squirrels and woodpeckers. Parking is at the Merry-Go-Round parking lot and enter at the t-bar gate, then the trail winds uphill and passes the old zoo. Pack a lunch and eat at the picnic tables, you’ll love the views of Glendale and Pasadena at the top of the full 400-foot elevation trail.

Will Rogers State Historic Park

1501 Will Rogers State Park Road
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Phone: (310) 454-8212

During the 1920s, Will Rogers bought land in Santa Monica, where he developed a ranch to use at his leisure. In 1944 Rogers wife Betty gave the 186 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean is what is now known as Pacific Palisades, to California State Parks. Visitors can enjoy the state historic park by tour, horseback rides or hiking. Families can enjoy a moderate 2-mile loop to Inspiration Point. Adventurous hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can tackle the Backbone Trail into the Santa Monica Mountains, which can take you all the way to Point Mugu.

Franklin Canyon Park

2600 Franklin Canyon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 858-7272

Centrally located, Franklin Canyon Park consists of 605 acres near the center of Los Angeles between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. Within the park boundaries are chaparral, grasslands and oak woodlands, a 3-acre lake, an ADA-accessible duck pond, expansive picnic grounds, and over five miles of family friendly hiking trails.



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