Elysian Park, close to downtown Los Angeles, is a 575-acre retreat from urban stress. Although the park has been cut by many roads, it’s possible to follow trails that will immerse you in greenery. Although near the central city, Elysian Park is usually uncrowded and has a remote feeling—possibly because access is a bit confusing. The park appears to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Motorists see it while motoring along the Golden State and Pasadena Freeways, and pass through it on the way to Dodger Stadium; to commuters and Dodger fans, it’s a familiar sight. But when you explore the park on foot, it somehow seems as if it’s in the middle of nowhere. More than 10 miles of hiking trails and dirt fire roads lead through some surprisingly wild terrain.