Things to do outside when it’s too hot to hike in LA

23 Jul , 2017  

I’d love to say I’m down to hike all year long, but the truth is that I hate hitting the mostly shadeless trails of Socal when it’s over 85 degrees.

The sun is savage in the summer, often making it too hot to chill in my own apartment. (RIP window AC unit)

So to get outdoors without sweating like a whore in church, here are some casual outdoor activity ideas to try during a heatwave.

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.

Yoga 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

Working remotely outdoors

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

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

Charge the computer and set yourself up with a shady spot.

99 problems but a beach ain’t one

There are loads of cities along California’s 840-mile coastline, and no two beaches are the same. One can be as minimal as some sand & waves while others have amenities like boardwalks, firepits or even workout equipment.

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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