5 Hiking Trails in Los Angeles for Killer Firework Views
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Los Liones Canyon
Paseo Miramar trail. Image courtesy of @anniebosko
Tip: Ideally don’t hike much further than about 30 minutes past where the trails intersect as the view is the most perfect in this stretch. And don’t assume you can drive up because the Paseo Miramar Trail is a road. There’s no parking up there and you’ll get a ticket. This place is always open at night.
Top of O’Melveny
Top of O’Melveny. Image courtesy of @annadrusilla
Tip: This is actually a very easy hike and great for families. This one is always open at night.
Castle Peak. Image courtesy of @springs2002
Tip: Since it’s a peak with rock formations you’ll have instant access to built-in seats. Bring a seating pad and sit down and enjoy the festivities. This one’s for go-getters so not a good hike for older people or kids. It’s hard to get up that peak unless you’re fit. Do double check night restrictions here before you go as upper Los Virgenes Canyon may have restrictions.
Inspiration Point. Image courtesy of @krizelldreamsof
Tip: I actually met some of my best friends on a random night hike here. If you do meet people along the way, you’ll probably find if they’re up here too, they’re incredibly like-minded.
And two lookout points you can drive to:
San Vicente Mountain Park
The Nike Missile Radar Control Site. Image courtesy of @dani_mac91
Tip: At the former missile site there’s still a tower so you can climb up the ladder and chill out. Open for night hikes.
Robber’s Roost. Image courtesy of @ashleybigfield
Tip: At 9:30 p.m. every evening you can view the Disneyland firework show from here. Obviously, this is extra spectacular on 4th of July. Open for night hikes.
Night Hiking Tips:
- Most hikes are open after sunset on the above list, but if a park ranger stops you, just be cool. Tell them what you’re up to and most likely they will be more than fine to allow you to continue. “They don’t tend to ever mess around with you on the fourth of July; they know you want to have fun,” says William.
- Don’t smoke, be it tobacco or the green stuff. No matter how tempting it may be, if a park ranger gets a whiff of it, it’s a steep fine—as in, your monthly rent steep.
- Bring a flashlight and water. The sun may have gone down, but being dehydrated is never fun.