Best Hikes Los Angeles details the best hikes within an hour’s drive from the metro area, perfect for the urban and suburbanite who may be hard-pressed to find great outdoor activities close to home. Ranging from easy nature walks to strenuous day hikes, this guide offers something for every hiker—all within easy reach of the city. Each featured hike includes a detailed route description; at-a-glance data including the length and difficulty level; thorough directions to the trailhead, including GPS coordinates to the trailhead; directional cues; and a detailed, accurate trail map. Inside you'll find full-color photos; approximate hiking times, canine compatibility, fees and permits required; and sidebars on local lore, points of interest, and area wildlife.
Allen Riedel is a photographer, journalist, author, and administrator. He has authored several hiking guides, including 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California, Best Hikes with Dogs in Southern California, and a number of Best Easy Day Hikes guides, and written for magazines and newspapers. He is a longtime educator currently residing in the mountains of Southern California.
Monique Riedel is a native 4th generation Southern Californian. She has worked in the legal field, social services and education. Diversity and Inclusion is one of her passions. Monique has traveled the world extensively and is always looking for another adventure. When not traveling abroad, Monique enjoys exploring the vast network of trails right here in Southern California. Monique lives with her husband Allen and their three dogs in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains.