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Casey Schreiner is the founder of Modern Hiker, the oldest and most-read hiking site in LA
“Most people don’t know Los Angeles is literally surrounded by National Forest and Recreation Areas, and we have here the largest urban wilderness park in the country, Griffith Park. People think of Griffith Park as LA’s answer to New York’s Central Park, but it’s far more rugged. Although popular hiking trails can get pretty crowded, it’s easy to find yourself in a clearing surrounded by coyotes and eagles.
“Elysian Park, which surrounds Dodger Stadium, has some amazingly picturesque landscapes. It’s popular with dog walkers, hikers and joggers, and it’s right in the heart of Echo Park, one of LA’s most exciting neighbourhoods right now. For urban hiking, Echo Park is filled with
lots of narrow staircases that once connected to trolley routes.”