With the weather cooling down for the autumn, Los Angeles opens itself up to more prolonged outdoor activities. Whether it be a jog through the South Bay area of the city or a hike through nearby mountain ranges, guests at hotels near Torrance CA are never short of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in and around Los Angeles.
So if you’re on holiday in the city and want to broaden your scope or are on business and have a day off to explore the city, what are the urban escapes that can elevate your romantic hotel package or work trip? This blog will explore some of the best ways to see LA’s nature, utilising the unique location within one of California’s basins. The mountains to the east and sea to the west offer a diverse range of walking trails and landscapes that make up the beautiful collage of California’s largest city.
Otherwise known as Mount Allen, Sandstone Peak’s Mishe Mokwa Trail is around 7 miles long and takes you to the highest peak in the Santa Monica range. With its amazing views over the LA cityscape and beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, there’s more than just the views to draw you to Sandstone. Sandstone Peak and its surrounding area are also popular for rock climbing and camping trips too.
Located on the westside, the Temescal Canyon Loop is a great way for guests at hotels near the LA Convention Center to enjoy a diverse range of vistas due to its proximity to the urban centre of the city. The Temescal Loop boasts craggily canyon walks, shady trails and otherworldly rock formations, whilst seasonal waterfalls make the lush green valleys sparkle even more. The lopping trail is about 2.6 miles long and is easy to reach via Highway 10 from the South Bay area.
Santa Anita Canyon
Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Anita Mountains are home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Los Angeles. With the 50 foot high Sturtevant Falls topped by ivy clad walking trails, the Santa Anita Canyon acts as the gateway into the historic San Gabriel Mountain range. It takes just 50 minutes to drive highway ten from the hotels and Japanese restaurants in Torrance to the Canyon, and when there you’ll find creekside historic cabins dating back to 1912 which number over 200. Each has its own unique character and some are even rentable for a true Santa Anita experience.
With a peak laden with post-civil War history, the 3207-foot peak of Echo Mountain is clad with an observatory complex built by the first-ever military aeronaut. The former train tracks surrounding the mountain were part of the Mount Lowe Railway and the “White City” itself is a strange oddity amidst the Sam Merrill Trail serenity of the area. Visitors from hotels near Redondo Beach can easily reach the Echo Mountain trails by driving Route 110 for just under 42 miles.
Located in the Hollywood Hills, Runyon Canyon is just a 40-minute drive from hotels in Torrance California and offer a broad array of different trails to run and walk. Whether you’re looking for a quick spot to walk your dog or a heavy sweat workout, Runyon Canyon offers the easier Runyon Canyon Road, Star Trail and Hero Trail. From the Mulholland Drive side of the Runyon Canyon Park, you’ll be faced with panoramic views of Los Angeles that have become synonymous with Hollywood imagery.