University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Exploring Los Angeles

Sports and Recreation


For a guide to local beaches, see

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

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.


Paths and Trails

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


Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge

See Pico Station.

Midtown Lanes

4645 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 933-7171

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

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


Visit 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

For information about California State Parks, visit or

Angeles National Forest

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

San Bernardino National Forest

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

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

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


Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913-4688

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.


Visit for a list of hiking trails. Some popular areas include Griffith Park, the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest (, the Malibu coast and Santa Monica Mountains (, Arroyo Seco Park ( and the Pacific Crest Trail (

Information about organized group hikes is available at

Horseback Riding

Griffith Park Horse Rentals

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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)

Bear Mountain

(800) BEARMTN (snow report)

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

Snow Summit Mountain Resort

(888) SUMMIT-1 (snow report)

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 (, Heavenly Ski Resort ( and Northstar-at-Tahoe ( For more information on these and other Lake Tahoe ski resorts, visit

Mammoth Mountain

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

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.



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

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

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