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Discover hidden gems of wilderness in the Los Angeles metropolitan area! Despite the imminent presence of the city, there are thousands of acres of natural, undeveloped land with hundreds of miles of trails. Highlights include year-round waterfalls, wildlife preserves, lighthouses, Griffith Park, the famous "HOLLYWOOD" sign, boardwalk beach strolls, intriguing metropolitan walks such as Sunken City, panoramic overlooks of Los Angeles and the coastline, shady canyon trails, and the rugged terrain of the San Gabriel Mountains. Residents and adventuresome travelers will find this book essential to locating an amazing number of hiking opportunities. All levels of hiking are included, with an emphasis on mid-range trails.

About the Author

Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books for more than a decade.  Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. With 20 hiking guides in the series, he has hiked over a 1000 trails throughout the western United States and Hawaii.
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Product Details

  • Series: Day Hikes Around Los Angeles
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Day Hike Books; Fifth Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573420611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573420617
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than a decade, veteran hiker Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. Robert resides summers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and winters on the California Central Coast. This year-round temperate climate enables him to hike over 200 trails throughout the year. When not hiking, Robert is researching, writing, and mapping the hikes before returning to the trails. Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. With 20 hiking guides in the series, he has hiked over 1,000 trails throughout the western United States and Hawaii.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on April 4, 2010
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Hiking is not exactly the top draw for tourists headed to LA. Indeed, my wife and I are among the only people I know who have scheduled trips to the LA metropolitan area with the specific goal of exploring the trails. Between the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the Angeles National Forest, and a wide variety of county parks and beaches, however, LA does feature its fair share of walking opportunities. Some of these include dramatic wilderness settings that you would not expect to find so close to 15 million people or so. Other trails almost seem to require advanced parking reservations. And most of them can be found in the 5th edition of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Los Angeles.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Monica on January 5, 2011
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The big secret of LA is that there is a vast amount of wilderness right in or adjacent to the city. And of course the weather cannot be beat. However, for whatever reason, only a small percentage of the local population seems interested in these incredible open spaces. That means beautiful and uncrowded trails, and this book details quite a few of them.

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.
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I have numerous books on Los Angeles trails, and this is the only one I ever recommend. There are nearly six to seven hundred trails in the Los Angeles Basin (some say even more), and this guide focuses specifically on LA county, so obviously Ventura and Orange Counties aren't included here. The author has selected 135 hikes of all lengths and difficulty levels and of the three distinct land regions; Forest, chaparral, and urban.
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.
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As a native Angeleno and a person who enjoys hiking, I thought I knew of a lot of the hikes in and around Los Angeles. After finding this book, I realized how wrong I was. I bought it and am slowly moving through each hike, which may take a life time. Really informative and handy. A must have. A whole new Los Angeles will open up to anyone who wants to explore the natural beauty that still exists in and around L.A. It's great beecaus, as the title says, they're day hikes.
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By Jascha on August 1, 2013
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I first saw this series in a cabin I rented in Big Sur. It was the Big Sur edition (also great) so I bought this on my return to LA. Has all the best trials around with good instructions on getting to the trail heads. If you live in LA and hike get this book!
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By P. Sloan on February 17, 2013
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Anybody looking to hike around LA should have a copy. I've used it already on several good hikes. It's not perfect and some of the descriptions can be a little confusing, but it's good and got me out and about.
LA can be a daunting place, with traffic and drive times. This cuts the anxiety in half, at least.
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