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Not much into running or going to the gym but still want to exercise? Hiking is the perfect alternative! Whether alone or with friends, you can go at your own pace while enjoying beautiful scenery. Here are some great local hikes:
– Palos Verdes has a number of trails ranging from easy to hard and nearly all with breathtaking views of the coast and the ocean. Starting at Del Cerro Park, you can make your way down one of the many trails to the tide pools at Abalone Cove or the Trump Golf Course. (Or go the opposite way and get the uphill part out of the way first!)
– The Mandeville Canyon Fire Road in the Westridge-Canyon Park, just west of the 405 between the 10 and the 101, offers more great trails. Even if you don’t go the whole 8 miles, you still get awesome views of the Santa Monica coast and the South Bay!
– The west fork trail along the San Gabriel River near Azusa is a more family-friendly hike with fairly flat paths, wildlife around the river, and plenty of places to stop and rest. It’s also a great place for trout fishing (although please check with the San Gabriel River Ranger district first for any rules).
There are many more wonderful hiking trails, but these are just a few. Of course, picking a nice neighborhood and just wandering around there also counts! And since so many of us have those smart phones with the GPS maps, we probably won’t get (too) lost either.
Heather Harada is an intern for Keiro Senior HealthCare. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Gerontology at the University of Southern California and received her Bachelors of Science from UC Berkeley in Political Economy. She loves to travel and is an amazing baker!
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