Hiking is a year-round activity in Los Angeles, but when the summer heats up, some Trails become less enjoyable than others. Steep sun-exposed trails can be brutal, while hikes with shade and coastal breezes become even more enjoyable. Keep your cool exploring this selection of trails in Los Angeles.
- Solstice Canyon Trail is short and level, benefiting from coastal closeness and partial shade.
- Corral Canyon Trail might not be shaded, but usually fans hikers with sea breezes. You’ll be a fan of the views too.
- Hondo Canyon Trail has plenty of shade, which will keep you from overheating as you hike up the side of the canyon near Topanga.
- Rivas Canyon Trail connects Temescal Gateway Park with Will Rogers State Park and delivers a good amount of shade along the way.
- Sullivan Canyon Trail is gradual with tall sycamores lining the trail.
- Santa Anita Canyon Loop in the San Gabriel Mountains has plenty of shade, and even if Sturtevant Falls isn’t gushing, it is still a nice hike.
No matter what trails you end up exploring, try to hike in the morning when it is cooler if you can, and bring plenty of water.