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5 Hikes to Trim Your Post-Turkey Tail

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Before you let your post-turkey food comas consume you by prepping yet another leftover plate, consider taking one of many excellent hikes over the long holiday weekend. Though there are hundreds of trails we'd love to share with you (eventually we'll cover them all!), here are five easy ways to get your post-turkey tail moving to enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous views our fine city has to offer.

Deb's Park in South Pasadena - 2.6 miles
For downtown residents, the Deb's Park trail head is a short trip up the 110 off the Ave 43 exit and offers a perfect quick-escape from the city. You'll also find the Audobon Society's nature center on the property which is very cool when it's open. Though you can hear the freeway for most of the Deb's hike (and though the trails are mostly paved), there are oh so steep climbs mixed in for a good workout. A secret little shaded lake welcomes you at the top of the trail - a perfect spot to picnic before heading back down the steep exit to enjoy panoramic views of downtown. All photos are from the Deb's Park hike.

Fryman Canyon in Wilacre Park: Betty D. Dearing Trail - 6 miles
Wilacre Park offers many trails if the six mile trek is too much or too little. It's only steep in a few areas (most notably at the beginning, when you'll wonder what you've gotten yourself into) and levels out nicely for a shaded hike. This park is higher traffic than others, but the benefit is restrooms, water fountains and ample picnic spots to enjoy lunch outdoors.

Brush Canyon Trail - 4.5 miles
If you've visited the Bronson/Batman Caves at Griffith Observatory, you've likely taken the Fern Dell Hike in or out. Brush Canyon Trail is more intense - perfect for your post-turkey-tush. The recent cold weather should make the view from the trail-top impeccable.

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Getty View Trail - 3.6 miles
While this hike is one of the shortest on our list, it's certainly not the easiest. The first bit from Sepulveda Pass to Casino Fire Road is steep with a capital "S" and there's no Getty tram to save the day. You will get your just rewards though, because the top of this trail will give you spectacular views of the ocean, the Getty Center and the city just beyond. You can also scope out traffic on the 405 and snicker quietly to yourself that you're basking in nature's glory while others are stuck in traffic.

Verdugo Mountains Fire Road - 5.3 miles
This hike on the Verdugo Fire Road travels the entire length of the Vergudos and will reward your hard work with crazy good views of the city below as well as other mountain peaks and valleys. There is little shade on this trail, making it a perfect cooler weather hike.

Get out there & get hiking L.A. Just think: you can have pumpkin pie when you return!