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I love a good hiking challenge. Visiting a new spot is always fun, although I usually end up getting lost, it’s still fun. Smoking in the great outdoors is a total given and what better way to enjoy your session with some of the views on this list? Some are well known, others underrated, and maybe one or two of my favorites.
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Beginning with the most obvious. Griffith Park is a great way to really see all of Los Angeles, nestled beneath the thick layers of smog. The views are simply breathtaking. Of the three times I have hiked this place, I have yet to reach the Hollywood sign. And I went the back way! But that’s a secret only locals know.
A little way outside of LA, but totally worth the swirling and winding roads that lead up to this magnificent beast of a hike. Angeles National Forest has more than just dope hiking trails. There’s a shooting range, you can camp, and most other things nature-related. Careful going at night, those cars parked on the side are not making soup with the windows up. But do enjoy that view of the city lights twinkling in the night.
Sitting at the gorgeous San Gabriel Mountains base is Eaton Canyon, a beautiful botanical and geological wonder. I certainly was not planning on going as hard as I did, but just too beautiful to stop. However, I would probably not recommend it for inexperienced hikers or the little ones. It is a bit more rugged, but the views are certainly worth all the trekking.
If you’re feeling something a bit more historic or less intense, Inspiration Point at the Will Rogers State Historic Park is a good place to go. A nice little 2-mile loop to literally be inspired to become an amazing hiker or some other really awesome interest. I do also happen to enjoy a trip down history lane, and coming here is always the vibe.
Let’s head over to the beach! Or someplace nearby like Topanga State Park. Of all of the beautiful spots to smoke and hike, this might be one of the more breathtaking views. I mean, how many places can you stand on what looks like a desert mountain and see a city and the ocean at the same time?
If you want something a bit closer to the water, check out Solstice Canyon. It’s a family-friendly hike that has some challenging trails as well. Bring the dog, and have a picnic. Whatever you feel, you can find a way to do it high at the Solstice Canyon. Please keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife; we wouldn’t want to disturb nature.
Ok, so we are sticking with a bit of a Malibu theme here, but Escondido Canyon has some of the best waterfall hikes, in my opinion. I’m a sucker for a good waterfall, throw in some edibles or a portable dab rig, and I can live happily ever after.
Alrighty, let’s head out of the Malibu area and check the outskirts of Santa Clarita. O’Melveny Park has more kid-friendly trails, but this is more of the active adult scene. Though the trails may seem smooth, the degree to which you are climbing can seem a little trippy, so to speak.
A more popular place nearer to Griffith, Runyon Canyon Park has totally won the hearts of the local Angelenos. The views are a total vibe. The most awesome city views, monumental hiking trails, and you can even let your dog off the leash at the dog park! The true LA life can be seen and felt from the top of this spectacular mountain.
Wandering around the same area, you’ll find Debs Park. The majority, if not all, is open space with a lot of smooth hiking trails, perfect for beginners—another with some pretty fabulous city views. Debs is a bit closer, so the city looks more focused for those really artsy Instagram posts.
Over to the opposite end of Santa Clarita lies the majestic Vasquez Rocks. Prehistoric nature just chillin’ like the sexy beast she is. Not as kid-friendly but still passable for the active little ones. Spark up, stay hydrated and enjoy the stunning views of nature’s capabilities. If you are wondering, yes, these rocks are famous and featured in many films, TV shows, and Instagram posts.
Sticking to the more trail-specific, Crystal Lake Trail is, as it says, a trail next to a lake, but why is this one worth the trek? It’s short, about the length of a medium-sized blunt or a 1 g pre-roll, 2 if you are with the company. This short trail is beautiful and perfect for when you just need an escape from the world but don’t want to go too far into the woods.
A great little treasure, nothing but flat, uphill trekking with what feels to be world-opening views at Turnbull Canyon Trailhead. Seemingly secluded, this trail is perfect for a morning wake, bake, and stroll along the path with or without your dog.
Think back up the list to Topanga and Will Rogers because nestled between them is the Murphy Ranch Trail. About 3.5 miles of that deep meditative beauty. Do it alone, with friends, the kids, the pets, whoever you go with; you will certainly never forget the views here. Every step forwards transports you to another world. So again, spark up, or pop an edible, and don’t forget to take pictures.
Kick back and enjoy.
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