My Favorite L.A. Hikes that Aren’t that Hard

Brianna Kozlarek / Tuesday January 29, 2019

I grew up on the Southside of Chicago, and lived there my entire life up until about a year and a half ago. While being an absolutely incredible city full of amazing art, culture and people, Chicago isn’t necessarily known for it’s good weather. Like, the HIGH tomorrow is -12 degrees. That’s the high. It’s disturbing. Other than some camping trips in the summer where we’d walk around Starved Rock and evening strolls in the summer around the neighborhood, growing up in this climate didn’t really lend itself into turning me into someone “outdoorsy.” Fast forward to June of 2017 when my husband and I took a big leap and moved to L.A. for his career. I was apprehensive of some L.A. stereotypes – who could actually hike that much and drink so much green juice? The answer, apparently, is me. Hiking has quickly turned into me and my husband’s favorite weekend activity. I like it because it feels like exercise in disguise. It’s hard work, but it feels more like you’re just exploring and talking. I have the knees of an 80 year old woman, so I tend toward hikes that aren’t crazy hard or long. Plus: After each hike we usually bring a picnic or hit up a happy hour, which I am strongly motivated by. If you’re looking for a medium-hard but beautiful hike in L.A., here are my current favorites:


Escondido Falls