Aside from the above points of interest, Mandeville boasts several other key draws:
- The Crowds — As in, there just … aren’t any. Not only is Mandeville free from your typical overwhelming crush of Los Angeles “fitness” denizens, but you’ll also be shocked to find, upon your arrival, hassle-free parking. Will the wonders never cease?
- The Workout Variety — Regardless of how much time (or willingness to sweat) you’ve got, Mandeville’s got you covered with a variety of trail loops of differing lengths and elevation changes. Meander where you will, the views are incredible. Marine layer? You’ve got a bird’s-eye view. No marine layer? All the way to the Pacific.
- The Lack of Signal — No cell signal might seem a hassle at first, but when you’re out with the sun on your face and truly enjoying those aforementioned views rather than Instagramming them, you’ll be thankful.
A few tips from Reuben Brody, Los Angeles editor of InsideHook and avid hiking enthusiast, on enjoying Mandeville properly:
“Whether you’re spitting rocks on a mountain bike or hiking the winding trails, go prepared. Bring plenty of water, sun protection and a handy trail map — no service, after all. And exerting that much effort definitely deserves a reward in the form of some tasty BBQ — Holy Cow is nearby and slow cooks their ribs and pulled pork to lip-smacking perfection.”