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Ten hikes for burning Christmas calories - 2013 edition!

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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?

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