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Take a Hike . . . to Happiness

Southern California offers its residents some of the most breathtaking vistas, it’s why so many of us make it our home. The now ‘not-so-recent’ stay at home orders have forced us into alternative ways to exercise, but the one true and tried So-Cal go-to is a hike. From Ridge top to Oceanside below are some of the best, coupled with the homes, that if you lived there, could be your daily walk.

Hollywood Reservoir to the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Hills – 6.6 miles

There are now two routes to the Hollywood sign, but this hike includes the little known reservoir and the very well known sign, while well trafficked it’s often described as a must-do attraction. With stunning views from Downtown to the Ocean it peaks at the infamous hillside icon that since 1923 has marked ‘Hollywoodland’ and signaled Tinseltown’s arrival to the world.

Directly below the sign rests this resort-like private three structure compound complete with its own recording studio.

6161 Mulholland Hwy, Hollywood Hills | $6,495,000 | Represented by Resnick & Nash | View Listing


The Hastain Trail – Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills P.O. – 2.1 miles

If you are looking for a nice loop hike in the Santa Monica Mountains high above Beverly Hills, consider Hastain Trail in Franklin Canyon Park. Consisting of two routes, one easy 1.8-mile loop and one moderate 2.1-mile option (with a steep incline). Franklin Canyon was the summer home of Edward L. Doheny and views include the William Mulholland built Franklin Reservoir. Today it features heavily as a film location and is home to the revered charity ‘The Tree People’.

One ultimate storied property at the top of Coldwater Canyon is Charlton Heston’s former estate, a multi-structure 1959 Mid-Century compound by William S. Beckett AIA that features stunning views and private access to the Franklin Canyon Trails.

2859 Coldwater Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills PO | $12,800,000 | Represented by Brett Lawyer | View Listing


Mandeville Canyon Trail (Sullivan Canyon Park), Brentwood – 7.1 miles

Located above Brentwood this vastly sought-after location is close to Brentwood Country Estates (developed by the Hilton family) and boasts enviable hikes such as The Canyonback, Westridge and Tiger Tail Trail. Starting at Sullivan Canyon Park this particular hike is great for running or biking, for a harder incline take the West Mandeville trail, both are known for their wildflowers and Mountain Lion sightings. While ending at Mandeville Canyon Park you can extend your hike to the San Vicente Mountains Trail.

Susan Smith represents a one-of-a-kind property consisting of 48 sprawling acres in Mandeville Canyon. Numerous structures grace this secluded equestrian friendly ranch (made famous as the Hart-to-Hart home) and features its own lake, tennis pavilion and art gallery.

3100 Mandeville Canyon Rd, Brentwood | $21,500,000 | Represented by Susan Smith | View Listing


‘Corral Canyon Loop, Malibu – 2.3 miles

Slightly less traveled than the Malibu Bluff Trail and easier to navigate than the stunning Malibu State Park hikes the Corral Canyon loop starts and finishes at Malibu Seafood, the rustic, legacy-backed seafood homestead since 1972. So while dinner at Nobu and a stroll around the Malibu Lagoon is always a winner, heading further North on PCH and harking back to Malibu’s surf roots is what the seasoned locals enjoy. This loop is child friendly and naturally features stunning Pacific Coastal views.

Above Malibu Lagoon sits Villa Mariposa, an iconic Mediterranean estate with Moorish accents, verdant grounds, a truly sublime sanctuary and entertainer’s home, including theatre, guest wing and staff apartment.

23111 Mariposa De Oro St, Malibu | $13,995,000 | Represented by Laura Kalb | View Listing


Story written by Judith Parker

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