"The Perfect start to your day and stay in L.A."
Designed to be the first thing you do when visiting Los Angeles, hikes by The Los Angeles Hiking Company are more than just a stroll up a mountain -- they're an expert- guided introduction to the city and how to tackle it like a traveler, not a tourist.
Los Angeles is massive and can be hard to understand. That's why the first thing you should do when visiting L.A. is get to higher ground for a figurative and literal "over-view" of the city.
With map and binoculars in hand, you'll get a crash course in the city's geography -- including where the neighborhoods, places and things you want to see are located.
Los Angeles is one of the coolest, yet most misunderstood, cities in the world.
That's why it's vital to hike with not just any local, but an in-the-know local expert -- someone who can tell you about hidden neighborhoods, where to get the best ice cream, which restaurants are L.A. institutions and which are the hot ticket right now, where to find great bars and breweries, and much, much more. Your guide, a professional travel writer and L.A. expert, will tell you everything you need to know!
Now imagine knowing all that on your very first day in Los Angeles, skipping days worth of confusion, and being able to confidently enjoy your time in L.A. like a pro!
Hi! I'm Trevor Morrow, your guide and new friend in Los Angeles.
I'm a professional travel writer & blogger who has written for outlets like Outside, Details, Men's Journal and more -- and my thoughts on the outdoors have even been featured on CBS This Morning. I'm also a L.A. local and L.A, expert with my finger on the pulse of the city.
I started The Los Angeles Hiking Company after realizing that way too many visitors weren't experiencing L.A. to the fullest. They'd hit the typical tourist spots and leave without getting to know the real L.A...or worse yet, leave wishing that their trip had been just a little more special. I'm here to prevent both from happening to you.
And it all starts with a hike!
I look forward to hiking with you soon on your next trip to Los Angeles.
For more on me and to follow my adventures in L.A. around the world...
The Los Angeles Hiking Company hikes in beautiful Griffith Park, which is home to over 50 miles of hiking trails, the world famous Griffith Observatory, and the most amazing views of the Hollywood sign and city.
Start your day off right (and like a real, active L.A. local) with an invigorating morning hike.
- Take in the absolute best views of the city, including incredible views of the Hollywood sign, downtown skyline and much, much more. And we'll have binoculars on hand for closer looks
- Stop for amazing photo ops
- Learn the fascinating history of Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign
- Get customized L.A. tips, advice & recommendations from your expert guide
- Enjoy a champagne glass of cold sparkling cider and a selection of snacks at the summit
Price: Gratuity is included in the price! Good to know: hike with our competition and they'll insist you tip your guide 20% (bringing the real cost of their tour to $63). We sure think we're worth the extra $5 (and know you'll think so too)!
Please Know: Becasue of the trail's length (approximately 3.5 miles round trip), the hike is classified as beginner/intermediate in level. Hikers should be in good physical health and confident in their ability to finish the hike in order for everyone to have the best hike possible. Except for one short portion where we take a more rugged trail, both hikes take place on wide and groomed trails with a consistent incline (see photos for details). All hikers will be required to sign a waiver before beginning the hike.
When it comes to hiking in Griffith Park, The Los Angeles Hiking Company does things differently.
We know what makes a travel experience truly special
It's The Little Things - We know it's the attention to detail that makes a travel experience extra special. That's why when we reach the summit, we lay out a classic checkered picnic tablecloth, present a basket of snacks, and cheers to the amazing view of the Hollywood sign and city with a champagne glass of cold sparkling cider (it makes for amazing photos).
And while looks aren't everything...in L.A. they're kind of something. That's why, unlike the other guys, our guide wears all black athletic gear (with no 'The Los Angeles Hiking Company' branding) and looks more like your personal trainer than tour guide.
It's a fact, our hikes are more informative.
We Know L.A. - We're passionate about Griffith Park, Los Angeles and ensuring you have an amazing time. We know how to share the best information, and when, and always have an tablet handy to show you fun supplementary photos and video. Plus, our expert guide is a professional travel writer and L.A. local with his finger on the pulse of the city. The other guys' "expert" guides? Well, some of them have only lived in L.A. for a few months.
Well Worth It
Our founder and guide has traveled around the world and been on countless tours. That means we know what it takes to craft a travel experience to remember.
Hikes by The Los Angeles Hiking Company cost $68 and include gratuity (removing that awkward exchange of cash between you and your guide at the end of your tour). Book a tour with the other guys and you'll get two reminders in bold letters to give your guide a 15-20% cash tip. The cost of their tour, plus a 20% cash tip, brings the actual total cost of their tour to $63. We sure think we're worth the extra $5 (and know you'll think so too)!
Dress like you would if you were going to the gym or out for an active afternoon in a park. Most importantly, you'll want to wear a sturdy pair of running or hiking sneakers with good traction on the bottom. We also recommend bringing a light jacket or sweatshirt (L.A, mornings and evenings can be cold), sunscreen (as we'll be exposed to the sun for the majority of the hike), sunglasses (to protect your eyes and help you look super cool), and of course, a camera or cell phone to take amazing photos.
Every hiker get a bottle of water and a champagne glass of cold sparkling cider at the summit. We'll also lay out a basket of complimentary packaged snacks for snacking at the summit. And of course, don't forget the information, advice and tips form your expert guide.
Yes! Griffith Park, and the route The Los Angeles Hiking Company takes to the top, provides some of the most amazing and unique views of the Hollywood sign. This hike does not take you directly to, behind, or underneath the sign, but if you'd like to get closer to the sign, we can tell you the best places to do so.
We'll also have amazing views of the Griffith Observatory, the downtown skyline, the San Gabriel Mountains, and well, the entire city!
This is just one of many things that sets The Los Angeles Hiking Company apart: our hikes are capped at a maximum of 8 hikers. Our competition does not cap their tour group size (so you never know how many people you'll be with).
While the weather in L.A. is usually nice, it's not always beautiful and sunny (like how it's portrayed in movies and TV shows). While we keep our fingers crossed for the best weather possible, we can't guarantee a perfectly sunny California day. Hikes are not cancelled on account of clouds or fog -- they are only cancelled in the event of rain. Should your tour be cancelled, we will do our absolute best to reschedule you on another hike (pending availability). If rescheduling is not possible, we will happily issue you a refund.
We find that the hike itself (including its informational content and pace), is most enjoyed by children over the age of 12 (although you are the best gauge of your child's interest and ability).
We currently do not. Why? Becasue we love mornings in Griffith Park. Mornings are when the real, active L.A locals hike -- and they're the most peaceful (and least busy) time to be in the park. Plus, hiking in the morning means you'll have the entire day ahead of you to explore L.A. and maybe even enjoy the sunset at the beach!
Good to know: On our competitor's "sunset" tour, your tour will be long over by the time sunset even begins. Really, it's a "late afternoon" tour.
On the 1st of each month, tours become available for the following month (ex. on July 1st, August tours become available for booking; on August 1st, September tours become available for booking). Hikes may be booked no later than 24 hours before the hike date (although if you would like to book a hike less than 24 hours in advance, please contact us using the form below and if we can accommodate you, we will).
If you will be using a smartphone to take photos during the hike, we recommend downloading these 2 photo apps: Snapseed (free) and VSCOcam (free). We'll even show you how to use the apps and help you take and edit some great photos if you'd like!
For domestic travelers or international travelers with an American cell phone data plan, we recommend downloading the Google Maps app to your phone if you don't already have it. Using Google Maps, you can "star" to save any of the custom recommendations given to you by your guide -- that way, you'll remember them, know where they are, and have them handy for the remainder of your trip! Don't worry if you're not familiar with the app, we'll show you how it's done!
Griffith Park is a rugged oasis located right in the middle of Los Angles, just minutes from Hollywood.
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