My favorite gem is the San Jacinto Peak. You can either hike up or take the Tram up and then hike from there (more doable for what your're looking for). I'm from the heart of Los Angeles, so if you ever make it out here, let me know and i'll happily suggest some city hikes with great views or some hikes with beach views. And if I'm free, i'll join you 🙂 Welcome to LA! 🙂 P.s. Funny my sister JUST moved to Austin and I know i'll be visiting her often. I'll have to ask you for some great hikes out there.
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