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Help and stuff

What's this?
LA Transit to Trails is my curated list of transit-friendly hiking areas around the Los Angeles area, started in pandemic times when hiking was suddenly in fashion.  All the transit and walking directions have been verified in person and include useful tips such as where to fill your water bottle, get a snack or go to pee after that long bus ride. I hope it inspires you to explore some of the amazing LA-area hikes reachable by bus and train. - Kevin
What's new?
April 13 - Added 1 area in Agoura Hills
March 28 - added 1 area in Riverside
March 25 - added 2 areas in Riverside
March 22 - added Calabasas
March 12 - added Hacienda Hills
--- 2023 ---
Nov 11 - added Palmdale
Oct 25 - added 3 areas in Thousand Oaks
Oct 22 - added Vermont Canyon
Oct 15 - added Westlake Village
Sep 28 - added Big Sky
Aug 27 - added Ventura
Aug 17 - added Thousand Oaks
How to use the walking directions maps?
Download the free CalTopo app.

At your destination open the corresponding LA Transit to Trails page. Tap the map to open it in CalTopo.

Tap the 4-dot button in the bottom right corner of the CalTopo map, then tap the Keep Centered button.

The map will center on your current location, indicated by a blue dot. The direction the top of your phone is facing is indicated by a blue arrow.

Turn until the arrow is pointing along the dotted route, and walk in the direction of the arrow. The dot will move to show your current position.

More help is available in the app.
example of CalTopo interface
map icons
bus icon
bus stop
walking path icon
path
hiker icon
trailhead
drinking water icon
drinking water
public toilet icon
public toilet
food shop icon
food shop
Why don't you use Google maps for walking directions?
Google's walking directions are often incorrect or needlessly long and complicated, especially in more remote areas. The directions here and their corresponding CalTopo maps are created with transit hikers in mind by actually walking the "best" route.  [Google directions] links are provided as an alternative; use them with a bit of skepticism. Tip: Google's driving directions usually produce correct walking routes.
Do I need an Adventure Pass or State Parks Pass to hike in the mountains?
No. Passes are only for vehicle access to certain sites. You're not a vehicle. Go. Enjoy.
Why isn't my favorite trailhead listed?
Maybe I just haven't found it yet.  If you know of an area or trail you'd like me to check out, write latransittotrails@gmail.com
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