GETTING HIGH IN LA & BEYOND
Sure, Los Angeles can be one hectic, smoggy and noisy city. However, nature, wide open skies, sea views and a variety of outdoor activities are available at no more than 45 minutes (by car, of course) from almost anywhere.
So whether you're in the mood to commune with friends or solo with nature, here a few of our favorite spots to get outdoors, get high and broaden our perpective from our West Coast outpost.
Tuna Canyon in Topanga consists of a steep but relatively quick hike up Fern Hill Drive. There is a quaint, well-preserved rock labyrinth at the top. And views of the rolling hills from Malibu across Santa Monica to downtown and beyond.
Accessible from Los Feliz in eastern LA, Griffith Park is comprised of over 4,000 acres and is one of the largest municipal parks with urban wilderness areas in the United States. The dog-friendly trails lead through gardens and forests with a wide range of flora, fauna and wildlife; to the Hollywood sign and the park offers horseback riding excursions as well. Don't miss the Griffith Observatory for the sunset walk and talks, sound baths and public viewing events for meteor showers and most lunar and solar eclipses.
Red Rock Canyon Park provides stunning geological scenery with dramatic views of from the Santa Monica mountains to Calabasas Peak and the Topanga Ridge. Choose this route for a steady, long distance day trek. Dog friendly, too.
Runyon Canyon doesn't always make for the greenest hike in town due to inner city smog. However, it's easily accessible from West Hollywood, great for people watching - including celebrity sightings which are common in these parts - and dog friendly. Be sure to do as the locals do by stopping by Erewhon grocery and at the new MedMen consumer-oriented cannabis dispensary.
Point Dume applies to the triangular peninsula on volcanic rocks jutting out into the Pacific Ocean on the coast of Malibu. The hike over the bluffs is a bit strenuous but pleasant due to the beautiful topography and stunning views. Be sure to take a windbreaker or similar to protect from the chill. Great spot for surf-spotting and some moderate rock climbing routes as well.
Choose your own adventure in this massive national park in the desert, at the junction of the Mojave and the Colorado ecosystems. Joshua Tree is just over 2 hours from LA and less than 1 hour from Palm Springs. There is camping on site or choose from an increasingly broad selection of attractive rentals - ranging from yurts to cabins to villas - in the surrounding areas. Check out also Garth's Bolder Garden's or a sound bath experience at the Integreton.