"Want to go hiking this weekend?" - every Angeleno ever.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I knew I would love hiking. But I didn't realize it would become my thing. As my manager said "Oh you can always expect Ansley to be walking up a mountain somewhere!" And it's true! Florida doesn't have these glorious mountains and escapes that LA does and for some reason they are crack for me (and thank goodness I am marrying a man who loves to hike too). I discovered the All Trails app (and website too) and I highly recommend it - it's like Yelp for trails. It tells you the difficulty of the trail, shows photos, gives parking information, ratings, etc. We find most of our hikes on All Trails.
Everyone has heard of Runyon Canyon and probably hiked it at least once. It's right in West Hollywood and it's the spot you take your cousin who is in town from Idaho who wants to feel like she's "really in LA." Don't get me wrong, I love a quick Runyon trip when you can't get away to another hike, but it's definitely not one of my favorites. Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are full of killer hikes - want to see a waterfall? No problem! Hike with an ocean view? Got you covered! So pack a sandwich, grab a water bottle, lather on the sun scree and let's go for a hike!
Solstice Canyon - a 6 mile hike featuring ocean views, ruins of old homes and (sometimes) waterfalls. This was one of the first big hikes I did in LA and it will forever be one of my favorites. The ruins of the old homes are really cool and you can walk through and explore some of them. For more info: Click Here.
Angeles National Forest
Angeles is my escape. Whenever my fiancé and I need to get away we pack a backpack full of sandwiches and water and go out to Angeles. There are a bajillion hiking trails and it's only about 20-30 minutes from LA depending on where you go. So I am going to break this one up into two groups: Medium and Hard
My favorite Easy/Medium hike in Angeles is the Millard Canyon Falls - this is one of the most stunning places I have ever been in my life.
My favorite Hard hike in Angeles is the Dawn Mine Trail Loop - it is the #2 out of #138 trails in Angeles on All Trails and has a well-earned hard rating. My fiancé and I discovered it when we wanted to go for a legit long hike on Valentines Day. The trail follows the old rail road track and has a stop at an old mine - We didn't make it that far, but we intend to go back! The loop is 5.1 miles, but make sure you stay on the trial - there is a side trail with raddle snakes.
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Thank you for stopping by. My name is Ansley and I am a creative being. With not much to show for it. Feel the same?! Welcome! For all of you artists out there who are just hanging in there - this is for you!