Del Cerro Park★★★★★Incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Also easy to get to and park. I haven’t tried any of the hiking trails in the area yet, but I keep meaning to.
Entradero Park Loop★★★★☆Relaxing walk through scrub habitat around a basin with restored wetlands. Not much shade, good for spotting birds.
George F Canyon★★★★★A quiet hike along a seasonal streambed. Shady for the first part, then opens up. Beware of poison oak. City view at the summit. Birds, rabbits, butterflies.
Hopkins Wilderness Park★★★★☆A good place to bring your kids or just take a shady walk in something that feels like nature. Lightly wooded, some hills, trails, a stream and a duck pond, plus picnic areas and camping.
Toulon Drive Loop★★★☆☆The easy part runs along a stream bed. Then it gets steeper and a lot less shaded as it wraps around a chaparral-covered hill.