Southern California is known for its ideal weather.  Year round, save for a few cold and rainy days, the sun beats down upon our heads and many of us use this blessing as an excuse to hike.  But you don’t have to be a literal trailblazer to get in on the action.  In fact, many have trod the way, so pull out some hiking shoes, grab a water bottle, and take off into the sunrise or sunset.

Zuma Ridge Trail – Located in Malibu, Zuma is a Chumash word for abundance, and the trail lives up to its name.  This trail winds 6 miles along the ridge between Zuma and Trancas Canyons, has abundant plants and little critters, and of course, views of the ocean.

Temescal Canyon – This is a Pacific Palisades favorite.  It has everything.  Views of the ocean.  A steep (but not too-steep) climb. And once you round the bottom, you’re walking along a stream and covered in a shady canopy of trees.

Runyon Canyon – A sceney LA favorite.  Hit Runyon early in the morning to avoid the after work crowds.  Or go at Sunset.  The trail isn’t too steep (depending on the route you take) and if you hit the peak right as the sun goes down you get a breathtaking view of the city.

Cold Spring Trail  – Santa Barbara has some of the best hiking around! The Front country is what most people think of when hiking in SB. It’s the part that runs along the waterfront and if you start at main entrance of The Cold Spring Trail and follow the signs, you can hit waterfalls like Tangerine Falls along the way.  It’s no easy feat, fairly adventurous and not for the faint, but the backdrop of the waterfall sure is worth it.

 -Arianna Schioldager

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