Just a few blocks from the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater, this hike includes observation points with stunning views of Hollywood. It is great for beginner hikers and their dogs as it has an off-leash policy.
With steep hill climbs, this hike begins in Pacific Palisades at the end of Los Liones Drive. It can be a tough hike at seven miles round-trip, but offers magnificent views of Santa Monica Bay.
The Venice Canals were built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his "Venice of America" plan, as he sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy, in Southern California. The canal area is a nice urban walk with many beautiful homes and lots of resident ducks.
There is a beach path that runs from Marina Del Rey past Santa Monica and down around the marina to the beach communities of Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan Beach. You can walk on a pedestrian path, or rent a bike and cruise along the beach.
A loop hike takes you up to beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles, and down into a shady canyon with a few small waterfalls.
Considered the world's largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city, Topanga State Park is located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains. It features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks, and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, providing excellent recreational opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, and even equestrians!
The site of Will Rogers' ranch hosts easy hike trails that include great views of the ocean and the city.
Santa Monica Stairs
For those who want a little exercise, you can run or walk up and down this long, steep staircase that leads from north of San Vicente down into Santa Monica Canyon.