Get out of the house this month and get some exercise by exploring the hiking trails in Los Angeles, like the Wildflower Trail in Elysian Park. Walking or running is an excellent form of healthy activity as well as relaxation while enjoying views of the Los Angeles skyline. Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy time in nature.
Take a friend, partner, family member, and/or your dog (make sure to bring a leash) and start out at the Wildflower Trail. You can take a picnic to Elysian Park before your walk, or take a walk to recover from a big meal in the restaurants in the area. Wildflower Trail goes for about three miles; along the way, you’ll notice a garden with a bench to rest at. From the trail, you’ll see views of Los Angeles, the Grace E. Simons Lodge, and beautiful wildflowers as you rise to 200 feet in elevation. Try to identify the wildflowers as you make your way through the park. You can enter the trail at 1025 Elysian Park Drive. This is a beginner level trail that is perfect for walking or running and for hikers of all levels, including children. You won’t regret leaving the house for a day on the trail and a breath of fresh air.
If you’re walking alone, put in your headphones and focus on your breathing as you walk the path. This mindfulness practice can be done while listening to music (but remember to be aware of your surroundings at all times). Many people find this is a great way to escape from stress and busy city life. The more you practice, the easier you will find it is to escape and relax on the trail.
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Elysian Park is open daily between 5 am and 9 pm and is located at 835 Academy Rd in Los Angeles, California. It’s the perfect spot to getaway from work, worries, hectic streets, and enjoy a picnic at the picnic areas and the BBQs in the park. Other places to visit while at Elysian PArk include the Victory Memorial Grove, the Chavez Ravine Arboretum, the Portola Trail Historical Monument, Dodger Stadium, and the Memorial Sculpture. This park spans 600 acres and also has baseball fields available. As you visit Elysian Park, also be sure to check out Angel’s Point Trail, Portola Trail, Elysian Park Drive Trail, West Loop Trail, and more as you explore.
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