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Top 5 Best Hikes in Southern California

Top 5 Best Hikes in Southern California

The weather is getting warmer, and the days are (finally) longer. It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors once again — and what better way to do that than hitting the best hiking trails in Southern California?

Hiking, especially social hiking — when you grab a group of friends and hit the trails — is a great way to stay active, have fun, and enjoy the scenery in SoCal. Southern California hikes are especially impressive because of their wide range of options. From snow-capped mountains to stunning waterfalls to quiet beaches, you’ll encounter the best of mother nature while hiking in Southern California. 

If you’re overwhelmed with the options in SoCal, we don’t blame you. We’ve got you covered with the best hikes in Southern California — and what to wear for a hike. 

Top 5 Best Hikes in SoCal

1. Black Star Canyon

Tucked away in the hills of Orange County, Black Star Canyon  is one of the best places to hike in Southern California. It can be a tough hike — but it’s worth it to see the majestic waterfall you’ll encounter on this hike. It’s best to visit after a heavy rain to see it in all its glory. 

Hike details:

  • 6.7 miles
  • Rated difficult
  • Over 3 hours to complete
  • Dogs allowed 

2. Hollywood Sign Via Canyon Drive

One of the best hikes near Los Angeles, visitors and locals alike love the hike that leads to the Hollywood sign. It offers stunning views of the famous Hollywood sign with a picture-perfect 360-degree view at the top. 

Hike details: 

  • 6.8 miles
  • Rated moderately challenging
  • Over 3 hours to complete
  • Dogs allowed (on leash only)

3. Runyon

Located near West Hollywood, Runyon Canyon Trail is a popular trail for hikers, runners, and walkers of all sorts. It can be crowded at times, but the views always make it worth it. 

Hike details: 

  • 2.7 miles
  • Rated moderately challenging
  • An hour and a half to complete
  • Dogs allowed

4. Crystal Cove: El Moro Canyon Loop Trail

Giving the perfect tour of the El Moro Canyon, this loop hike can get busy, but at the right time, offers some solitude and quiet. You'll get amazing views of the ocean — just be sure to watch out for mountain bikers and horseback riders, who also use the trail. 

Hike details: 

  • 5 miles
  • Rated moderately challenging
  • 2 and a half hours to complete
  • No dogs allowed

5. Point Dume Cove Trail

One of the best beach hikes in Southern California, Point Dume Cove Trail is an easy hike accessible for all stages of hikers. The beautiful panorama view of the ocean is the perfect morning hike that gets you moving but doesn’t take all day. 

Hike details: 

  • 1.4 miles
  • Rated easy
  • 48 minutes to complete
  • No dogs allowed

Gear Up: What to Wear Hiking in Southern California

Choosing your hike is just step one. Now, you have to make sure you have the best hiking attire to keep you comfortable and looking good. Proper hiking attire should keep you cool — especially during those sunny days. But you don’t have to skimp on style when choosing what to wear. 

If you’ll be hiking on a particularly sunny day, opt for an Essential Tank or Basic Tank. These Tanks are great hiking wear because of its engineered breathability — not to mention its classic look that’ll match any hiking vibe you’re going for. 

You can also spice up your hiking attire with a Graphic Tank. The bold designs will reflect your personality while keeping you comfy and cool in the SoCal sun. 

As for your bottom half, we recommend a pair of Basic Shorts. They match just about anything, and with multiple zippered pockets, you won’t lose your keys halfway through the hike. 

Hiking in Southern California is one of the best parts of summertime in SoCal. Gather your clothes for hiking, map out your route, and it’s time to hit the trails.



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