Limekiln Canyon hiking trail in Porter Ranch. Photo by Colleen Park.
Limekiln Canyon hiking trail in Porter Ranch. Photo by Colleen Park.

Though Runyon Canyon is known for its celebrity hikers and Griffith Park for its iconic scenery, you might want to take your post-Thanksgiving trail plans somewhere you can sweat in peace without an athletic mob pushing you forward.

Here are five easy trails for beginner hikers to avoid the crowds and work off the turkey flab.

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1. Stough Canyon, Burbank | 2300 Walnut Ave
Leads into the Verdugo Mountains. The trail starts off steep but eases out pretty quickly. There’s also a pretty nature center worth a short visit.

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2. Wilacre Park, Studio City | 3431 Fryman Road
It has a nice wooded start and a wide trail. Dog-friendly.

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3. Limekiln Canyon, Porter Ranch | Chatsworth St & Tampa Ave

Reviews may seem sparse and middling but it has a beautiful abundance of trees and little streams. Also, it’s a block from In-N-Out in the Porter Ranch Town Center, if you want a post-hike snack.

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4. Lower Arroyo Seco Recreation Area, Pasadena | Arroyo Blvd at Norwood Street
Different trails make for interesting sights, leading hikers under the Colorado Boulevard bridge, past the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and by an archery range

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5. Topanga State Park, Pacific Palisades | 575 Los Liones Drive
No dogs allowed. But almost all the trails have a great ocean view. The trail to Eagle Rock stays pretty manageable for beginners.

It’s hard to go wrong with hiking and if Yelp reviews are to be trusted, Angelenos and tourists are generally pleased by the trails offered by the parks and canyons of Los Angeles County.

Other resources for trail hunting:

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