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Day Hikes Around Los Angeles, 5th Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Just over half of the hikes in this book are in the Santa Monica Mountains, which run from Griffith Park to Point Mugu. Although these mountains are not very high, and do have a fair amount of development, especially on the eastern end of the range, they feature a lot of rugged canyons and pretty overlooks. The rest of the hikes are along the beaches of Santa Monica, the Palos Verde Peninsula, and Long Beach, with a scattering of hikes in the front country of the Angeles National Forest. Most hikes in this book are in the 2-4 mile range, with a few up to 10 miles and several short walks in the half mile to 1.5 mile range for those with children, limited time, or simply a prediliction for short and sweet walks. All route descriptions are about a page with accurate driving descriptions and decent sketch maps.
This book almost merits 5 stars, but it falls a little short in one respect. Stone does not give enough attention to the higher regions of the Angeles National Forest.Read more ›
I live on the Westside, and had no knowledge of the trails around here, and no hiking experience. My friends were in a similar boat. This book is a way for a novice to really get out there, get in shape, get into nature and be adventurous--and in many cases, get back in time to pick up the kids from school.
This edition has almost double the hikes of the last edition (the one with the yellow-orange cover). The new version adds some hikes in the San Bernardino mountain area (above the Pasadena area) which was lacking in the old.
I have a few other hiking books but none grabbed me like this one, and I recommend it highly.
The Santa Monica Mountains are some of the best for LA hikers with staggering Pacific Ocean views in Malibu and along PCH. The cover pictures Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park, which alone is a good reason to buy this book (easy hike with some of the best views of the SM Mountains).
Each hike includes hiking distance, estimated time, elevation gain and a small map. There is detailed information of each hike and how to find the trail, depending on the park (some, like in Zuma, can criss-cross and confuse some hikers). I have hiked nearly every trail in this book and this is easily the only guide I recommend to friends looking for great places to get away for the day.
Don't be fooled by the title; many LA day hikes can be both grueling and exciting, especially in the Angeles Forest. If you're looking for a great time along Los Angles trails, this is the book to have.
LA can be a daunting place, with traffic and drive times. This cuts the anxiety in half, at least.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for hiking in the LA area. Good maps and suggestionsPublished 12 months ago by Aaron Vance
An excellent guide to L.A. hikes: I've used it in the past. I've now given it as a gift.Published 13 months ago by David Silber
Great book. We have done the Hollywood sign in it and it was a blast. Great place to start when looking for hikes.Published 14 months ago by Natassia Webb