Hiking is an amazing excuse to get outside, get exercise and get recharged. After spending a lot of time during the week indoors and on computers, it’s a great way to take a break and get a breath of fresh air.
I definitely have favorites when it comes to hiking, but one thing I love to do is find new hikes – whether I’m on vacation or in my hometown. Here are a few great ways you can find new spots to hike too!
Check social media
I have stumbled upon a number of great spots just by searching on social media. I subscribe and follow a lot of outdoors groups and people who like to travel and explore. On Instagram it’s also easy to come across new spots because people tag locations. If someone tags a location it appears above the photo and below the user’s name. You can also open the app and click the search icon along the bottom of the app. Try searching phrases like ‘hiking Los Angeles.’ Look at hashtags or groups that focus on hiking. Or you can tap ‘Places’ to filter your search to locations in the area that the app recommends.
I’ve found some of my favorite hiking spots on magazine sites. Los Angeles magazine wrote about the Silver Lake stairs. Check out the video I made about it:
Search for spots
I am on a hike called the Wisdom Tree in the main picture above. It’s an advanced, cool and somewhat hidden hike in Los Angeles. By hidden, I mean you have to know where to go (it’s not so obvious) to find where the trail begins. I found it a few years ago just searching for hikes in L.A. I forget how I found it, but I came across it on Google, Yelp or a blog.
Post on social media asking friends for suggestions – or find blogs like this one and leave a comment if you are in search of recommendations (yes, I am encouraging you to leave a comment below!).