I was driving with my husband on the 110 freeway in Los Angeles not too long ago and pointed out a trail I had seen people walking along that went up a steep mountain (well, perhaps it was a steep hill) not too far from the freeway. As I looked at him, I realized my mistake but had no way to rewind the words that had just come out of my mouth. You guessed it, that weekend we were climbing the beast and what fun it was!
To my surprise, it turned out to be a really pleasant trail. The path scissors back and forth up the mountain (aka hill) making it very doable. Along the way are views of some of the best parts of Los Angeles County, including views of Pasadena, downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the Century City skyline, and the Long Beach City skyline. It really is impressive. Another perk, this trail is not well traveled by other hikers so you get to feel like it is your own trail.
Remember to bring water if you decide to hike it as this area of town gets very hot. A hat and sunscreen would be other good choices. You can park in Hermon Park and then cross the street to the trailhead. A fun place to go after your hike is Charlie’s Coffee House. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about Charlie’s. Enjoy!
Hermon Park is located at 5566 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90042.