4 Great Family Friendly Hikes For Westsiders


Temescal Gateway Park

Pacific Palisades 15601 Sunset Blvd. Pacific Palisades, CA

Temescal Gateway Park is one of the most popular parks in the Santa Monica Mountains. The park encompasses 141 acres of oak and sycamore canyons, ridgetop views, and access to miles of trails

PROS Big, open, shady fields to run in, great picnic spots, lots of wildlife
CONS Have to walk a bit to get to the dirt trails



Topanga Canyon State Park

20829 Entrada Road Topanga Canyon, CA

Considered "the largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city," Topanga Canyon State Park offers acres to explore (14,000 to be exact).

PROS Great views, well marked trails, lots of wildlife
CONS trails can be challenging










Los Liones Canyon

W Sunset Blvd & Los Liones Dr Los Angeles, CA

Great hiking spot that overlooks the ocean as well as downtown Los Angeles. If you can't make the long hike, there is a half way mark with a bench where you can stop and enjoy a nice view of the ocean.

PROS lots of shade, easy to stop and rest, great views
CONS not a great place to run as the paths can get narrow and steep



Mandeville Canyon Fire Road

2652 Westridge Rd, Los Angeles, CA

Westridge-Canyonback Park provides more than 1,500 acres of open space bordered by upper Mandeville Canyon. Popular spot for bikers and dog lovers.

PROS: Ample parking in the neighborhood , various levels of difficulty, wide open paths
CONS: Not a ton of shade