stroller friendly hikes LA - Los Angeles

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If you’re looking for some great family-friendly walks and hikes in Los Angeles then look no further.

After hours of research, I’ve compiled the 11 best stroller walks and hikes for you and your little ones to explore.

There’s everything from hiking the world-famous Hollywood Sign, to steep incline hikes on rugged terrain – I’d recommend the BOB Revolution Jogging Stroller if you’re planning on this.

I have no doubt you’ll find your perfect hike from this list, so…

Let’s get started…

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The difficulty level of stroller hikes in LA range from easy to medium. Hikes such as Runyon Canyon and Will Rogers State Park would require a sturdy jogging stroller, the rest of the walks a decent lightweight stroller will do the job nicely.

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Franklin Canyon

Just a short drive from Beverly Hills, you’ll find Franklin Canyon. A peaceful oasis where you can escape from the hectic city life and unwind with your little one.

The park is an impressive 605 acres where you’ll have over 5 miles of hiking trails to tackle with your stroller.

There is some rugged terrain on this stroller hike, so ensure you’re stroller is up to the job, I’d recommend a good jogging stroller for this one.

However, the terrain is mostly relatively flat, but I’d always ask the park ranger what the best trail is for a stroller just in case.

Overall Franklin Canyon is a beautiful hike where you’ll find a duck pond complete with turtles and fish, lots of picnic areas, and a three-acre lake.

Highlights:

  • 5 miles of hiking trails
  • Mostly flat with some rugged terrain
  • Picnic areas
  • Duckpond with fish and turtles
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Strong jogging stroller needed

Hike the Hollywood Sign

There are three different routes you can take to hike to the top, all of which vary in difficulty and offer an equally stunning view of the city and the Hollywood sign.

The easiest hike of the three is the Mt. Hollywood Trail offering 6.5 square miles of protected wilderness, complete with benches, tables, and excellent views.

Next is the intermediate Brush Canyon Trail, now this 6.5-mile trail offers sensational city views and climbs more than a thousand feet, so you’ll need at least 3 hours to complete this.

Finally, the most difficult trail is the Cahuenga Peak hike which offers wide-angle views of the Hollywood Reservoir and the San Fernando Valley. This trail has a more rugged terrain so make sure you’ve got a strong jogging stroller.

Highlights:

  • Three amazing trails to choose from
  • Stunning city views
  • Get close to the Hollywood sign
  • Overall three great trails to choose from

Venice Canals Walkway

Maybe you can’t make it to Venice in Italy right now, but don’t worry there’s always the L.A. equivalent, which makes for an idyllic stroller hike.

Take a break from the hectic city life with a peaceful stroll along the canals and admire the beautiful homes, bridges, and landscapes.

Some of the pathways are a little narrow, so if you have a double stroller you may find it a little tight in places.

Overall, the Venice Canal Walkways is a great stroller walk and is close to the beach in case you fancy combining the two walks. Also, the walkways are particularly beautiful at sunset.

Highlights:

  • Flat even surface, no rugged terrain
  • Quiet and peaceful
  • Near the beaches
  • Take a stroll at sunset

Griffith Park

With over an incredible 53 miles of hiking trails and 4,107 acres of natural terrain,  Griffith Park has a trail for everyone.

Obviously, the main attraction here is the observatory where you will get amazing views of L.A.

The park is equally impressive though and you can combine your visit with a stroller hike to the top of the observatory.

Along the way, there’s plenty to see from the children’s play area, zoo, lots of wildlife and of course the scenery.

Overall, Griffith Park is a great hike with a stroller with lots of different paths and trails you can explore. The terrain is paved dirt hiking, so I’d recommend a jogging stroller.

Highlights:

  • Over 53 miles of trails
  • 4,107 acres to explore
  • Incredible city views
  • Visit the observatory
  • Lots to do from the zoo to play areas
  • Lots of places for picnics

Solstice Canyon

Rich in L.A. history, take the 3-mile Solstice Canyon hike to the ruins of Roberts Ranch, where you’ll be greeted with a refreshing waterfall in which the family can go for a swim in.

Depending on the route you take, you can encounter steps, however, if you can get your stroller up there you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the canyon and the ocean.

You can avoid the crowds by visiting in the afternoon, however, I’d probably visit early morning or late afternoon when it’s a little cooler.

Overall, I’d recommend a lightweight stroller, as in places there may be some lifting to do if you want to get to the top. Be sure to check the best route at the visitor center and get a map.

Highlights:

  • 3-mile hike
  • Rich in L.A. history
  • Visit an impressive waterfall
  • Great views of the ocean and canyon
  • There are steps so may have to lift your stroller

White Point Preserve & Nature Center

If you love the ocean then you’ll love White Point, it features over 102 acres of restored coastline which boasts handicap and accessible trails overlooking Catalina Island and the ocean.

The trails at White Point are safe, accessible for all and taking your stroller along is not going to be a problem.

This is a great hike for a family with young kids as there’s plenty of things to do on your hike. Why not head down to the beach and check out the rock pools or bring some binoculars and check out the passing cruise ships.

Overall, if you love the ocean and nature this family-friendly stroller hike is a great choice.

Highlights:

  • Over 102 acres
  • Great ocean views
  • Stroller friendly
  • BBQ and fire pit areas
  • Check out the rock pools on the beach

Lake Hollywood

The 3.3-mile loop around Lake Hollywood is flat and paved making it the perfect destination for a leisurely stroller walk or run with your jogging stroller.

There’s plenty to do here from feeding the ducks, deer watching to letting your kids run around the vast green space or play in the play area.

Lake Hollywood is a very beautiful setting that has lots of family picture opportunities and selfies with the Hollywood sign.

So, escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and head down to Lake Hollywood for a great stroller walk and enjoy nature at its finest.

Highlights:

  • 3.3-mile walk
  • Features a paved and flat surface
  • Play area and large fields
  • Great views and pictures of the Hollywood sign
  • Lots of nature to see

Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon is a popular walk for celebrities and dog owners, however, it’s also a great walk for families with kids and strollers.

This paved curved trail will head up the mountain and give you a good workout whilst providing breathtaking views of the city skyline and the ocean.

There are lots of steep inclines and depending on what route you take you could encounter some steps.

Once you reach the top I’d recommend going back down the way you came up, as the dirt path down is too narrow and a little steep for a stroller.

So, if you’re into keeping fit and you’re up for a challenge then the Runyon Canyon hike is a perfect choice. Make sure you bring some good hiking trainers for this one!

Highlights:

  • Consists of 160-acre
  • Paved and curved paths
  • Lots of inclines
  • Bring some hiking trainers
  • Great city views
  • Lots of nature to see

Will Rogers State Park

There are various trails you explore at Will Rogers Park such as the shady hike down to the brook, the 2.5-mile hike to Inspiration Point or the trail offers access to nearly 65 mile Backbone trail.

The trails are nice and wide and not to steep making it the ideal terrain for a stroller walk. There’s plenty of clean bathrooms too, which is always handy with kids.

I wouldn’t recommend the hike to ‘top of the ridge’ in the summers hottest days as there’s no much shade or breeze. That said, there are other trails you can explore.

On the hike, you’ll encounter lots of horses which the kids will love and you could even catch a polo match! There’s also lots of green space for the kids to play and have a picnic.

Highlights:

  • Lots of different trails to choose from
  • Clean bathrooms available
  • Wide pathways and ideal terrain
  • Green space for kids to play
  • Plenty of space for picnics

Eaton Canyon Nature Center

This is mostly a nice flat stroller hike where you’ll be greeted with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

There are a few different routes you can take which all vary in length and difficulty. The Junior Nature Trail is about a quarter of a mile long, which is well suited for little ones, especially if they’re walking.

Other trails include the Ecology Nature Trail and the Henninger Flats which are more strenuous, I’d check with the park ranger or the maps for the best route to take.

Keep your eyes peeled for all the wonderful wildlife you’ll witness on the hike from lizards and a variety of birds to native plants.

Highlights:

  • Mostly flat surface
  • Lots of trails to choose from
  • Lots of wildlife to see
  • Stunning waterfall at the end

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

Located in the heart of UCLA this tranquil oasis offers flowers, trees, birds, and much more for the little ones to see, making it a perfect hideaway for a hot summer day.

This 7-acre tropical garden has lots of sitting areas, clean bathrooms, and several trails you can explore, all of which have flat surfaces.

So, if you’re looking for an escape from the city then visiting the Botanical Gardens is the ideal place to forget everything and go for a peaceful stroll with your little one.

I’d recommend a lightweight stroller for this walk as there’s no rough terrain or steep inclines.

Highlights:

  • 7-acres to explore
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Nice flat surface and no rugged terrain
  • Ideal for a lightweight stroller
  • Escape the city life

Final Thoughts

There you have it, that was our 11 best stroller hikes and walks in Los Angeles.

As previously mentioned I’d recommend the BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller if you’re planning on exploring hikes with rugged terrains, such as Runyon Canyon or Will Rogers State Park.

However, if you’re looking at hiking the Hollywood sign or taking a peaceful walk down the Venice canal walkways then I’d opt for a lightweight stroller such as the  GB Pockit Stroller.

My favorite stroller hikes are the Hollywood sign hike, Lake Hollywood and Runyon Canyon!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite stroller hike is or if I’ve missed any from the list let me know!

I hope you enjoyed this article.

2020-05-27T12:31:59+00:00