Sad about Runyon Canyon being closed for the Summer?

Here are some outdoor spots in Southern California State Parks with refreshingly beautiful views!

1. Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area – 4100 South La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90056

If you’re looking for a place to spend a good part of your day, this is it. From hiking trails to picnic areas and neatly landscaped sections, this place has it all. Even a fishing lake, a lotus pond, a community center, and more. This is your warning- you might not want to leave! This perfect little spot is centered in the Northeast center of La Cienega and Fairfax, about 8 miles south of Runyon Canyon. If the 5 miles of hiking trails aren’t enough to draw you in, just take a look at that skyline view.

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Photo by Freddy Gomez

2. Placerita Canyon State Park – 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, CA  91321

Before we tell you about the view you’ll get here, let’s all just agree that this place is awesome just for the being the first place gold was discovered in California in 1842. If you’re a history and nature buff, we’re okay if you stop reading here and move on to Park Visitor for directions to Placerita right now. Now the view in store for you here includes sandstone formations, plenty of vegetation and favorite trees like cottonwoods, sycamores, and riparian oak woodlands,  There’s a popular waterfall at the end of the trail, but we should warn you to be careful of the poison oak that’s near there.

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Photo by Mitch Barrie

 

3. Will Rogers State Beach – 15800 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

When you think of going hiking, a beach may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but beaches are parks too, and they have plenty of recreational activity options for your enjoyment. Will Rogers State Beach offers hiking trails as well as other things like camping and picnicking, and with a view of the fresh blue waters crashing into California rock, it makes for a very unique hiking experience. Plus, the wildlife, the noises and the smell of the air are all strikingly different, so if you’re up for a new type of hike, check out your local state beach. This may be a longer drive depending on where you live in L.A., but the view makes it all worth it. Visit Park Visitor for a list of activities at Will Rogers State Beach and more park information.

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Photo by Rufus

4. Verdugo Mountains – 8700 La Tuna Canyon Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352

The Verdugo Mountains are a 15 mile drive from Runyon Canyon, and are located just east of the Los Angeles basin in the north Glendale area. A view from the top gives you a perfect look over Glendale of course, but you can also get a unique view of downtown Los Angeles and a “lay of the land” so to speak. In addition to hiking trails, there are also some pretty neat biking trails. This view is a perfect photo opp so make sure to take your camera and sturdy shoes to get one of the best view of L.A.

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Credit: Milestone Rides