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The LA Hiker’s Checklist of Essentials

So you say you’re in the mood for a hike? Well, then you’ve come to the right spot! We here at Access Culver City have extolled the virtues of hiking in some of our previous blog posts – but today we’re going to skip the specific spots and go for an insider’s guide to pro hiking tips that you don’t want to miss.

In this week’s blog, here’s a countdown of 10 things you should know before you suit up for a hiking trip in Los Angeles. Ready? Let’s go…

  • 10: Leave early. Many spots for hiking in LA fill up quickly, so the earlier the day, the better!
  • 9: Drink lots of water. This one’s a no-brainer, but it must be said – Los Angeles is hot, and you don’t want to be caught in that heat!
  • 8: Skip Runyon Canyon for now. Sure, it’s a fun spot – but it’s a little too touristy and too crowded for our liking.
  • 7: Plan to be surprised. You’ll get much more out of your hike if you don’t give yourself a deadline – just explore and be open to new twists and turns on the trail.
  • 6: Don’t go solo. Another no-brainer… but everyone should know that it’s not the best idea to hike alone. Grab a buddy to go with you!
  • 5: Pace yourself. Especially if you’re training for something… the view at the top of the hike isn’t going anywhere, so opt for stamina first and foremost.
  • 4: Your boots matter. LA may be famous for our beach weather, but leave the flip flops at home!
  • 3: Wear sunscreen. Even on overcast days, the burn from the UV rays can be bad in the California sunshine. Don’t let it happen to you!
  • 2: Try a new spot. Sure, you may know the trusty, tried-and-true ones… but we dare you to find a new adventure to make your own best-kept secret.
  • 1: Carry an emergency kit. The last thing you want is trouble on the trail, so prepare ahead for emergencies!


Now that we’ve shared our tips with you, it’s time for you to share your favorite pro hiking tips and memories with us! Share, and we’ll feature on our blog or social media. Happy hiking!