A mix of paved road and rugged dirt path, this hike through L.A.’s oldest park leads to a blufftop recreation area with sweeping views of Dodger Stadium and the San Gabriel Mountains. The 600-acre Elysian Park, which includes Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Police Academy, is the city’s oldest park and second only in size to Griffith Park. No stranger to controversy, this park saw three of its communities uprooted to make room for the stadium in 1950, and later it was divided in half by the Pasadena Freeway. Still, it’s a great place for a solitary run or hike, though its lack of good trail maps can be confusing for those unfamiliar with the area. Birders also frequent the park; recent sightings include redtailed hawks, Western bluebirds, a black-headed grosbeak, and Lucy’s warbler. On weekends, the park is full of picnicking families, exercise hounds, and nature lovers. If there happens to be a home baseball game, the area is even livelier; just try to plan your visit so it doesn’t coincide with the beginning or end of a game, or you will likely find yourself caught in a massive traffic jam. The first time I hiked Elysian Park, I showed up without a plan, figuring the trail system was small enough to make that unnecessary. In reality, the park has many and varied trails spread over its 600 acres. A couple of trail maps are posted within the park, but it’s hard to get a sense of how long or difficult they are.