Best of LA Parks

Los Angeles has a number of parks for any feeling, fitness level, or amount of time. Here are a few different parks to try depending on your day:

A lovely stroll…

Echo Park Lake [751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026] is a charming little park where the main attraction is a lake, but a closer look will reveal there is a lot to love here. The palms amongst the city skyline in the distance give this park such a cool California feel.

echo park lake_3The trail around the lake doesn’t take much more than ten minutes to walk, but the details here are wonderful. The plentiful lotus flowers add a serious splash of color.

echo park lake_2A goose with some serious character befriended us and wagged its tail which gave us a good laugh.

echo park lake_There were some beautiful oriental decorations scattered about.

echo park lake_1If you visit at the right time you can rent a paddleboat or buy some snacks from vendors pushing their carts. This would be a relaxing place to lay out with a book and spend an afternoon.

A great hike…

Runyon Canyon [2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046] has a loop trail that rolls through the urban wilderness of the desert hills.

runyon canyon_4Only two blocks from Hollywood Blvd, parking can be a hassle, but if you circle enough you will find something. This park is very popular with dog walkers, so feel free to bring fido along for your hike.

runyon canyon_1Keep your eyes open for some speckled street art.

runyon canyon_ runyon canyon_2After a short time of hiking you will receive outstanding views of the city, the whole loop is approximately 3.5 miles.

runyon canyon_3 runyon canyon_5This is a moderate hike with a few steep sections, but lots of reprieve making for a very pleasant experience.

A serious workout…

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook [6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232] though not technically in LA is a great park to visit if you are looking to exercise. Find free parking on the street, or pay $6 in the lot. The scene here is filled with people who are climbing up the strenuous stairs trail just over a mile long with yoga mats strapped to their backs.

baldwin hills scenic overlook_2If you take a moment to wipe the sweat off your brow you may notice some beautiful wildflowers.

baldwin hills scenic overlook_1 baldwin hills scenic overlook_4 baldwin hills scenic overlook_Once you reach the summit you’ll find people jump roping or doing push ups. Along with the great workout you get a fantastic view of the city.

baldwin hills scenic overlook_3Check out the informational displays and visitor’s center to learn more about the ecology.

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