Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Travel Tales: Hiking in Los Angeles

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In 2014 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stay in a guesthouse that was within walking distance of the Santa Monica Mountains. I had an uphill walk in a residential area to get to Dirt Mulholland and its many other trails. The Verdugo Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains and the Santa Susana Mountains also offer amazing views and great hikes for visitors to the Los Angeles area.

I did a lot of research to prepare for my hikes to some ranges. One of the best sites was  www.LAMountains.com. Another great site was www.nobodyhikesinla.com. I was able to find all the info I needed from those two sites. Nobody Hikes in LA had links to other hiking blogs. It also described the trails and included the location, the distance of the trail, the elevation gain, the difficulty rating and the estimated time of the hike.

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A variety of sources will prepare hikers for their journeys. Yelp and Trip Advisor provide reviews from locals and tourists about certain trails. Google maps will provide the map of the area and also the satellite view. Travelers can also use that site to check traffic situations on the way to the destination. YouTube has many videos that hikers have uploaded for the convenience of others.

Hikers should be careful when parking their cars. Message boards will alert them to areas that have a problem with automobile vandalism. Another important aspect of parking is the fees. Hikers should make sure to pay all parking fees and obey all traffic signs. Those who think no one is watching may be surprised to find they have been filmed by cameras. Check Yelp for further information.

Vacationers will find their time well spent to hike these trails to experience amazing views of Los Angeles area.

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