10 Epic Outdoor Workout Spots in LA

Apr 16, 2018 | in Fitness, Travel, Lifestyle

Why go to the gym and wait for a turn on the treadmill or go to an overcrowded yoga class at a studio when you can get some fresh air and enjoy a killer view at one of Los Angeles’ outdoor workout spots. We’ve collected a diverse list of trails, lookout points, and treks to help you escape the mundane. Whether you have time to drive to the mountains or looking to stay local, these spots are sure to inspire your next workout.


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Located in a random spot in Malibu is this abandoned ranger station turned popular lookout of the San Fernando Valley. It’s a good place to do a circuit or a yoga session and admire some panoramic views.  

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Directly off of La Cienega in the Baldwin Hills lies an urban oasis. Kenneth Hahn State Park is a 308-acre park featuring a Japanese garden, a workout course, trails and athletic fields. If you’re lucky, it’ll be a clear day and your workout can feature this epic backdrop.

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A Los Angeles staple, the Santa Monica Stairs, are for sure going to give you a burn. The stairs can sometimes be a bit crowded, but everyone is welcoming. And after a scenic 160 steps up, you can take in some ocean views while your heart rate recovers. 

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By far the best past time in LA is biking along the 21-mile long path along the beach. Spanning from Will Rogers to Torrance, the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, otherwise known as the the Strand, is the best way to be a tourist in your own city and get a workout. Skip spin class and work the glutes along the coastline!

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Escondido Falls is one of the best hikes in Malibu. Boasting three waterfalls and lush surroundings, this spot is great for casual walkers and adventurers. Be sure to hit the Falls after a good rain to see the waterfalls in all their glory.

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Ranchos Palos Verdes has some of the most beautiful coastline in California, and the Portuguese Bend Trails allows you to view it from up high and up close (Start at Del Cerro Park to get the full effect). There are many little trails within the reserve, so just follow the signs and bask in the beauty of the peninsula.

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Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak is located in Topanga State Park, the most accessible park in Los Angeles. It features rolling hills, meadows, boulder formations, and excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains. The path to Eagle Rock is only two miles, but with a sharp incline, so be prepared. Push yourself and you’ll be rewarded!

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Hiking Mt. Baldy is one of the most rewarding experiences. The 11-mile hike, with about 4000 feet of climbing, brings you to the highest peak in LA County at 10,064 feet. It’s a challenging feat, but the satisfaction you’ll have at the top with views of the Pacific Ocean in the west and San Gorgonio (the tallest mountain in SoCal) in the east is unparalleled. Once you complete this hike, you’ll be frothing.

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From rock pools deep in the forest to epic mountain views the Santa Anita Canyon loop has it all, including two waterfalls. The path to Sturtevant Falls is fast and easy, but if you want more of an adventure, keep following the signs and you’ll find Hermit Falls, which is a quiet place to chill. Get out of the city and venture the great outdoors.

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Calling all adventurers: The Bridge to Nowhere is a quintessential SoCal hike. Over this 10-mile trek, you’ll cross rivers, boulder hop, see historic roads and tunnels, and reach the Bridge to Nowhere, a 120 foot high concrete bridge in the middle of a canyon (On weekends, the bridge is open for bungee jumping, if you’re interested in the extra thrill). It may be called the Bridge to Nowhere, but you’re headed to an epic destination.

Keep groovin’ 🤙🏼,