Want to get away? Check out these 5 day hikes just far enough from home.
Love the outdoors? Need a day away from the city? Hate long drives? All of the above?! You’re in luck! Below are just a few of the best day hikes Southern California has to offer, and they’re only about an hour from Long Beach — depending on traffic, that is.
Abalone Cove State Park
5970 Palos Verdes Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes
One of the easier hikes on this list, Abalone Cove offers numerous trails to explore for beginners. Covering roughly 64 acres of land, it’s the perfect place to adventure, swim or relax. The park is ideal for a family day out; there are picnic tables available in addition to open grass areas. For avid photographers, Abalone Cove offers scenic paths, stunning views and the occasional wildlife. The park is open 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the weekends. Parking is $5 for the entire day.
Bridge to Nowhere
San Gabriel Mountains, Mt. Baldy
About nine miles round trip, this hike is considered slightly difficult. The trail takes you through the San Gabriel Mountains with gorgeous woodsy views, swimming holes, open fields and numerous stream crossings. Other than the beautiful scenery, another perk of this trail is the mysterious bridge itself. Built in 1936, it was originally intended to create a route through the mountains, but the flood of 1938 washed away the connecting roads. Today, the bridge still stands— and offers bungee jumping on the weekends!
Top of the World Hiking Trails (Alta Laguna)
3300 Alta Laguna Blvd., Laguna Beach
Top of the World provides various activities to enjoy. There are easy trails, difficult trails, rock climbing— and even a playground. This is also the location of the infamous Car Wreck Trail (Aliso Viejo Canyon). Here, hikers can see the remnants of an abandoned car deep in the woods. Strangely enough, nobody is sure how the car ever got there. Locals says it just “showed up one day.” Another local favorite is to take advantage of the elevation by watching the sunset from the top of the trailhead. With so much to do, spending the entire day here is easy!
5700 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier
Hellman Park is a beautiful hike known for its inclines and great workout. With trails extending into the the mountains, hikers and runners are offered colorful sights of the canyon and local reservoir. This hike also offers amazing views of the city, allowing for a great place to catch the sunset.
Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades
If you’re looking for luscious green sights and coastal views, you’ve found a winner! Temescal Canyon has a selection of hikes to choose from, many of which take you through the trees of the canyon and out to the sights of the ocean. One of the most popular hiking trails here is the hike to Skull Rock where hikers can see a rock in the shape of a skull. For families or afternoon picnics, the park offers open areas, as well as picnic tables. Parking is about $7 for the entire day.