Los Angeles County has dozens of trails, some perfect for hiking (whether strenuous or family-friendly), going for a run, mountain biking, equestrian activities, and some are even dog-friendly. They’ve got a great website with information on all the trails, including a super handy way to sort the trails by level of ease or difficulty – just look under the “Explore” tab, or browse by categories.
LA County boasts over 500 miles of trails, and they work in partnership with the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority, the Mountain Restoration Trust, and the Catalina Island Conservancy.
Since fires and mudslides can occur and change the landscape at any time, it’s always a good idea to check their website before heading out to get all the info.
LA County Trails – Family Friendly and Bike Trails
According to the LA County Trails website, these are some of the Family-Friendly and Easy trails they recommend (and of course there are many more to choose from, and your family’s fitness level may be very different from another’s):
Ballona Creek Bike Path
California Coastal Trail
Gould Canyon Trail
Hillside Trail Baldwin Hills
Horse Lane Trail
Los Angeles River Trail
Norman O. Houston Parks Trail
Park to Playa Trail
Polo Field Road Trail
San Gabriel River Trail
San Jose Creek Trail
Santa Anita Wash Trail
Tuna Canyon Main Entrance Trail
WNRA Nature Center Trail
LA County Trail Safety Guidelines
These guidelines and rules come directly from LA County:
- Trail users are encouraged to check the Trails LA County website for updated guidelines, notifications, and up-to-date information prior to visiting trails. The trails website offers information for over 600 miles of trails that residents can visit and experience the wonderful outdoors.
- Download the Trails LA County mobile app before heading out for real-time updates and offline location tracking and trail information to explore the extensive trail network within our diverse landscapes across the County.
- Do not visit public trails and trailheads if feeling sick and/or exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
- Follow all posted regulations at trails and trailhead facilities
- Physical distancing of 6 feet always required. No group gathering allowed on trails or in the parking lot.
- Limit visit to members of your household only.
- Trail users over the age of 2 are required to wear face coverings at trailheads, parking lots and while on the trail.
- Consider avoiding popular locations that are prone to crowds.
- Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass.
- Bring water, hand sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes to wash or sanitize hands frequently.
- Practice the leave-no-trace principles on the trails to protect park staff and wildlife.