Although there is always something fun going on at USC, sometimes it is nice to get off campus and explore Los Angeles. A great way to do this is through hiking. Even though most people don’t think LA is very outdoorsy, there are plenty of great hikes around LA County that are definitely worth checking out! Here a few cool ones:
Hollywood Sign Hike
Everyone knows the Hollywood Sign is iconic to Los Angeles, but most people don’t know you can actually hike all the way up to the sign! The hike itself is pretty short with only a slight incline, but the views at the top are unreal. You can see a whole panorama of LA with the Hollywood sign in the foreground.
Another classic LA hike, Runyon is the perfect place to spot celebrities since they go here all the time. Runyon Canyon is a 160-acre park with multiple trails, so there is always a new route to take. Runyon offers a good workout since the trails have a slope to go along with beautiful views of LA.
Bridge to Nowhere
A 10 mile round trip trek, this hike takes you to a bridge that actually leads to nowhere. The bridge was built to connect a highway through the mountains but after a flood in 1938, the road was never finished. The hike follows the path of where the road used to be and offers views of the river, the canyon below, or patches of trees. Once you reach the bridge, not only can you swim in the river but you can also pay to bungee jump off the bridge!
A well kept secret of LA, Murphy’s Ranch is an abandoned Nazi camp. Yes you read that right, there is an abandoned Nazi compound in Los Angeles! Murphy’s ranch was built in the 1930’s in preparation for winning WWII and taking over the United States. However, because WWII ended how it actually did, the ranch ended up being abandoned, but still stands to be explored by adventurous hikers. The hike isn’t difficult except for the descent down to the ranch. There are over 300 steep stairs with no handrail, so prepare for a leg workout! Within the ranch, there are multiple structures that still stand, but they are all covered in graffiti so they look really unique.
These are only a few of the wonderful hikes in the LA area, and there are tons more that are worth checking out too!