There’s no doubt Los Angeles has plenty of spectacular trails. But sometimes, when you’re hiking through all that dust, rubble and scrub with the hot sun beating down, you really wish that a cool, shady oasis would magically appear.
The good news is, you may have just been hiking the wrong trails. There are plenty of impressive waterfalls, hidden shady valleys, and green canyons around the city. Here are 9 of the best.
1. Escondido Falls
At 150 feet, this is one of the tallest—and most spectacular—falls in LA. After the rain, it’s lush and green, but even in drought it’s worth the trip to see the unusual cave formations behind the waterfall. For the most part, it’s a pretty easy hike. But if you want to take it to the top, be prepared for a few steep inclines. Weekends are busy and parking can suck, so get in early.