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Close access to respites from urban intensity is another one of L.A.’s great advantages. A weekend in Big Bear or up the coast is needed every now and then, but far less so in comparison to east coasters’s desperate summer escapes to the Catskills or the Cape. Lucky for us Angelenos, urban hikes with a modicum of peace can be found just a couple miles north of some of this city’s busiest thoroughfares. Why spend time cooped up in the gym like a hamster on a wheel when L.A. affords us amazing and convenient opportunities for outdoor exercise?

City meets wilderness (albeit quite tame, just the way LAist likes it) along the trails of Hollywood’s Runyon and Bronson Canyons. Enjoy the delicious ocean breezes at Temescal Canyon and be reminded why we live in a coastal climate. The New York Times published a succinct summary of some of these locations. And check out for a more complete list of Southern California hikes that appeal to city slickers and hard core outdoorsy types alike.

Note to the Times: Contrary to what articles like this suggest, plenty of non-entertainment industry related people hike and do stuff in Hollywood, too.