It feels like fall has finally arrived in Southern California. Misty mornings and cooler daytime temperatures means that getting out of doors to get some fresh air and exercise is an enjoyable option.
There are some beautiful hiking trails in the San Gabriel Valley that lead to gorgeous vistas or historical sites. Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point is a well maintained hiking trail beginning in northern Altadena. Plan ahead, as this trail will provide great exercise, extending over 10 miles that leads to the ruins of historic old Echo Mountain Resort. Endless vistas of Los Angeles are visible from Inspiration Point, well worth the effort.
The Big Santa Anita Canyon offers another beautiful way to commune with nature within the San Gabriels this fall. This route offers picturesque streams, shady canyons, waterfalls, and thick forests. There canyon offers something for everybody. Families with young children may enjoy the benefits of exercise during the short hike from Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls. More adventurous hikers may want to follow the Big Santa Anita Loop trail; a longer, more strenuous effort, but worth the
Another family-friendly choice is Eaton Canyon. There are picnic areas, many native plants and wildlife, and a seasonal stream. The short (about 3 miles) and easy dirt trail will be enjoyable for even the youngest hiker, and gorgeous 40 foot waterfall.
Finally, even hardcore hikers may find the Mount Lukens trail to be a challenging way of getting in some conditioning exercise now that fall is here with cooler temperatures. This trail may be described as a "strenuous ascent up the south face of Mount Lukens" (Modern Hiker) – the highest point of elevation within Los Angeles City Limits. Many believe that the fantastic view of the city from this vantage point is worth the effort.