University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Exploring Los Angeles

Sports and Recreation

Beaches

For a guide to local beaches, see beaches.co.la.ca.us.

Cabrillo Beach

3720 Stephen M. White Dr.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Popular for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and volleyball. Watch grunions bury eggs in sand March – August. Open 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Malibu Beach

23050 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265

Sandy beach near beach resorts. Open 6 a.m. to dusk.

Venice Beach

3100 to 2700 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291
laparks.org/venice/venice.htm

Three-mile sandy beach, street performers, people watching and funky shops. Bike or rollerblade along bike path. Open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Zuma Beach

30000 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265

Sandy beach with volleyball nets and playgrounds. Open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Biking

Paths and Trails

There are bike paths in parks, along rivers, beaches and lakesides. For more information, visit labikepaths.com or mountainbikebill.com.

Bowling

Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge

See Pico Station.

Midtown Lanes

4645 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 933-7171
amf.com/midtownlanes

Bowling alley. Games are $4.45 to $5.70 per person (depending on day and time); shoe rentals $4.85.

Pickwick Bowl

1001 W. Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 845-5300
pickwickgardens.com

Bowling costs $3.75 to $6.75 per game; shoe rentals $3.75 to $4.75.

Camping

Visit socalcamping.com for information about camping in Southern California. The site includes campground locations, maps, weather forecasts and road conditions, hiking trails and outdoor recreation opportunities.

To reserve a campsite or purchase a day pass for recreation venues, visit recreation.gov.

For information about California State Parks, visit parks.ca.gov or gorp.com.

Angeles National Forest

fs.usda.gov/angeles

Provides a wealth of recreation opportunities, over 110 camping and picnicking sites and more than 500 miles of hiking trails.

San Bernardino National Forest

fs.usda.gov/sbnf

Forest provides mountain lakes, challenging trails and beautiful views of the valley below.

Santa Monica Mountains

National Park Service Visitor Center
401 W. Hillcrest Dr.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 370-2301
nps.gov/samo

The 153,075-acre national park runs for 46 miles from the Hollywood Bowl to Point Mugu and from the Santa Monica Pier past Malibu.

Sierra National Forest

fs.usda.gov/sierra

Provides abundant fish and wildlife, varied mountain flora and fauna and numerous recreational opportunities. For campground reservations (recommended from Memorial Day through Labor Day) call (559) 297-0706 or visit recreation.gov.

Golf

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913-4688
laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK

Golf courses include Harding Municipal Golf Course, 18-hole, (323) 663-2555; Los Feliz Municipal Golf Course, special course, (323) 663-7758; Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course, nine-hole,
(323) 665-2011; and Wilson Municipal Golf Course, 18-hole, (323) 663-2555.

Hiking

Visit latrails.com for a list of hiking trails. Some popular areas include Griffith Park, the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest (fs.usda.gov/angeles), the Malibu coast and Santa Monica Mountains (santamonicamountains.areaparks.com), Arroyo Seco Park (arroyoseco.org) and the Pacific Crest Trail (pcta.org).

Information about organized group hikes is available at lamountains.com.

Horseback Riding

Griffith Park Horse Rentals

480 W. Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 840-8401
griffithparkhorserental.com

Horseback riding $25 per hour (cash only). Riders over 200 lbs. pay extra. Dinner ride for $75 to a Mexican restaurant and cantina available every night. Call for reservations.

Sunset Ranch Hollywood

3400 N. Beachwood Dr.
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 469-5450
sunsetranchhollywood.com

Horseback riding accompanied by an experienced wrangler – $40 for one hour or $60 for two hours. Visit the Website for information on special evening and lunch rides.

Ice Skating

Culver Ice Arena

4545 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 398-5718
culvericearena.com

Ice skating admission $10.50; figure skate rentals $3 and hockey skate rentals $4.

Pasadena Ice Skating Center

300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 578-0800
skatepasadena.com

Ice skating admission $9; skate rentals $4.

Special Deal

Free skate rental on Sunday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Thursday from 7:30-9 p.m.

Parks

Barnsdall Art Park

See Vermont/Sunset Station.

Griffith Park

See Vermont/Sunset Station.

Mar Vista Recreation Center

11430 Woodbine Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 398-5982
laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/marVistaRC.htm

Features picnic areas, tennis courts, a soccer field, a hockey rink, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, an auditorium and barbecue pits.

Temescal Canyon Park

15900 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 840-2187
laparks.org/dos/parks/facility/temescalCynPk.htm

Landscaped park in the Santa Monica Mountains, picnic area with barbecues and many hikes, including one to a waterfall.

Will Rogers State Historic Park

1501 Will Rogers Park Rd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454-8212
parks.ca.gov/?page_id=626

Tours of ranch house, broad lawns, picnic areas, polo fields and equestrian trails. Hike to Inspiration Point for view of city.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Big Bear Mountain Resorts

880 Summit Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-5766
(909) 866-5841 (reservations, lift tickets and lessons)
bigbearmountainresorts.com

Bear Mountain

(800) BEARMTN (snow report)
bearmountain.com

Lift tickets are interchangeable between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain every day.

Snow Summit Mountain Resort

(888) SUMMIT-1 (snow report)
snowsummit.com

Includes 14 lifts with beginner through advanced terrain for skiers and snowboarders. Reservations are recommended on weekends and holidays.

Lake Tahoe

There are 15 ski resorts to choose from in the Lake Tahoe area. A few of the most popular are Kirkwood (kirkwood.com), Heavenly Ski Resort (skiheavenly.com) and Northstar-at-Tahoe (northstarattahoe.com). For more information on these and other Lake Tahoe ski resorts, visit laketahoeskiing.com.

Mammoth Mountain

10001 Minaret Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(800) MAMMOTH (reservations)
(888) SNOWRPT (snow report)
mammothmountain.com

Mammoth’s 11,053-foot elevation is the highest of any California ski resort in California. There are 28 lifts with beginner through advanced terrain. Snowboarding also available at seven terrain parks and three pipes.

Surfing

CampSurf

2120 Circle Drive
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(424) 237-2994
campsurf.com

Offers private and group surfing lessons for all skill levels. Surfing equipment is included in the lesson fees.


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