Outdoor activities when it’s too hot to hike in LA

23 Jul , 2021  

Hiking on a hot summer day isn’t always ideal, especially in Southern California where many trails lack shade. If you want to be outside but need an alternative to hiking, here are a few casual outdoor activities to try:

Pick your own produce

Picking strawberries at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, CA

Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark (an hour-ish north of DTLA) let’s you roam their plots of homegrown fruits & veggies in search of the freshest produce. Admission is only $3 on weekdays/$6 on weekends, and you pay for whatever you pick. It ends up being cheaper & fresher than Ralph’s.

Check out the Pick-Your-Own-Crop Calendar for what’s in season.

Take a yoga class in the park

There’s an outdoor yoga class happening somewhere on any given day. Most are donation-based and usually take place in the morning. Even if you don’t feel like practicing with others, you can always post up with your mat on a relaxing knoll.

Favorite yoga classes: Yoga @ Echo Park, Runyon Canyon YOGA

Work remotely outside

You’ll never have a problem finding a café patio to work from, and there are even several parks with free wifi:

  • The Observatory
  • Echo Park Lake
  • Venice Beach
  • Pershing Square
  • Reseda Park
  • Cabrillo Beach

Find your beach

There are several beach towns along the coastline of Los Angeles but no two beaches are the same. Some are no-frills with simply sand and waves while others have amenities like boardwalks and firepits.

Here are my favorite beaches in LA, based on activity:

Relaxing: Torrance Beach
Dog watching | Leo Carrillo
Skating & biking | Venice Boardwalk
Having a fire | Dockweiler Beach
Slacklining | Muscle Beach, Santa Monica

Still feel like hiking but in the comfort of a cool ocean breeze? Check out my hiking guide to the shipwreck in Palos Verdes.


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