Mother’s Day Part III: Best Hikes in LA + Outdoor Essentials

Photo by Nicki Sebastian

One of my favorite things to do is to spend time outdoors… and with this perfect spring weather we’re having in Southern California… I’ll be taking my fam for a good ‘ol Mama’s Day hike.

The BEST hikes in LA, in my opinion, are the trails that overlook the ocean. I mean… it REALLY doesn’t get much better than that. So for all you active folk out there… I put together a list of some of my favorite hikes near the ocean and some muuuust have items before hittin’ the trails. Honestly, G has so much energy these days, she might lap us…. but we’ll deal with that on Sunday. Here’s a few of my favs…

  1. Sandstone Peak: Fun fact… this overlook is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains! A lot of people don’t even know that we have this mountain range, but trust people… you don’t want to miss this one… it’s THAT good. I’ll go ahead and say it’s probably one of the prettiest hikes out there.
  2. Parker Mesa Overlook: Not only does this hike have incredible ocean views, it’s RIGHT NEXT TO Shoppe Pacific Palisades soooo, don’t be a fool…and stop by Shoppe before or after your hike and buy your mom whatever she darn wants!
  3. Solstice Canyon: Another good one in the Santa Monica Mountains AND it’s got lots of shade, so you can save this one when it gets a little warmer too.
  4. Zuma Ridge Trail: Okay, last one that I’ll mention for now in the Santa Monica Mountains.. A toughy, but a gooood workout if you’re looking for it.  
  5. Point Dume Cove Trail: This one isn’t reaaaaally a ‘hike,’ but if you’re looking for a goooorgeous view and a nice walk, this is the one for you. It’s only a mile and you’re on the cliffs of Malibu. It’s a stunner.

ALRIGHT, so in summary of my last few Mother’s Day posts… 1) buy mom gifts, 2) make waffles for breakfast, 3) hike off the waffles (see above), and 4) get back home in time to relax before a manic Monday. CAN IT BE MOTHER’S DAY ALREADY?!

Enjoy you guys! I was not kidding when I told ya I’d be posting like crazy for Mother’s Day, and I have ONE more Mother’s Day post coming… so stay tuned!!

1. The Class French Terry Square Hoodie, $48

2. Treasure and Bond Canvas Baseball Cap, $19

3. Outdoor Voices Merino Muscle Tank in White, $55

4. Outdoor Voices Stretch Crepe Pants, $85

5. Warby Parker Piper in Jet Black, $95

6. Baggu Zip Backpack in Mushroom, $48

7. Move Sports Bra, $39

8. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, $179

9. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Brown Leather Case, $12

10. Malin + Goetz SPF 30 Face Moisturizer, $40

11. RX Bars Variety Pack, $24

12. Danner Mountain Light Boot, $360

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