Hiking at Christmas time has at least three benefits. First, getting out into nature can be a great escape from the stress of the holidays. Second, for people who have friends or family visiting from out of town, a nice hike can be a good way to show non-Southern California natives that L.A. actually does have a natural side. And third - as the ten hikes on this list prove - hiking can be a great way to burn off the inevitable extra calories that come with the season. Here are ten challenging, scenic hikes in order of difficulty - all with free parking and no required permits - easily accessible to L.A., Orange County, San Diego, the Inland Empire and the San Fernando Valley. What better way to enjoy holiday cheer than in the beauty of nature?
December 23, 2013