Westridge Trail in November 2011
For those of you that live in Los Angeles, Westridge is one of the quickest hikes/runs that you can bring your dogs on. I love it. If you’re heading east on Sunset coming from Santa Monica/Brentwood/Malibu, then you would turn left at Mandeville Canyon Rd., left on Westridge Rd. and drive all the way up until the road dead ends into “Westridge Trailhead”.
bring your dogs!
It’s not a terribly demanding hike/run, but you can make it more challenging by starting up the tiny single-track trail on the right-hand side (the main entrance is a fire road that’s to the left of the little parking lot), and the single-track will prove to be more challenging with steeper grades and also more rewarding with sweeping views. Today we could see Downtown LA, Century City, and the gorgeous coastline. The picture above is of a portion of the single-track trail.
If you hike to the big tower (where the water fountain & bathrooms are) and back to the trailhead, it makes for a round trip total of just about 7 miles and about 1,100 feet of total elevation gain. If you’re feeling frisky, you can continue past the trail, make a left, and you will be heading toward the rest of the Santa Monica Mountains (Temescal Hub, etc.). Also, just a note, but the trail can get pretty hot during the summer time, so be sure to bring water for you and your dog during the summer months!