Hiking LA
The best part about Los Angeles is the easy accessibility to nature. From more urban hikes with city views to coastal hikes overlooking the ocean, there's no better way to cleanse the mind and body than to gain elevation.

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Be Brave and Bold at Mt. Baldy

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Whether sunshine or snow, a day at Mt. Baldy is a thrilling adventure above the clouds. At 10,068 feet the trek to the summit along cliff-hugging trails gets your adrenaline pumping. The best route is to tackle the steep 4.5 mile climb up the Ski Hut – Baldy Bowl trail, return down the 3 mile razor thin Devil’s Backbone trail and reward yourself with a pitstop for grub and brews at the Top of the Notch restaurant. From here, you can either continue down the remaining 3 miles or “cheat” by hopping the ski lift to skip this rather uneventful part of the trail.

During snow season, Mt. Baldy is the closest ski resort to the city and offers 26 runs across three mountains. For those that prefer to spectate, you can enjoy a marshmallow-piled-high hot chocolate while looking out across the canyon, LA and the Pacific Ocean.

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by Susan Mason
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