From Our Editors
What services does your business offer and what makes your business standout from the competition?
Hikely offers personalized guided hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains, experience the world's largest urban National Park the way to you want to. You get to create your own experience by choosing from our six thematic trails: Nature Lover's, Family Fun, Trail to Consciousness, Photographer's Dream, Backpacker's Trail, and Sunrise or Sunset. Our knowledgable and passionate tour guides are professionally trained with NOLS Outdoor Wilderness and Safety. Whether you're new to the city or getting to know the place you call home a little better, get ready to see Los Angeles from a new perspective!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Although hiking is a rather simple activity, it requires a lot of planning and research- that's why so many people miss out on the best of what Los Angeles has to offer! At Hikely we take those hurdles out of the equation, simply lace up your shoes and meet your guide for one of our six adventure filled hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains. Once we're together, Hikely takes care of the rest- we keep pace for the group and make sure no one gets lost, we're trained in wilderness first aid, and we pack first aid kits and extra bottled water. We offer an engaging educational opportunity to learn more about Los Angeles and also to bond over a shared sense of accomplishment, tours range from 2 to 8 miles and generally last 1 to 4 hours.
What do you love most about your job?
Hiking is an enjoyable and non-competitive outdoor activity that lowers stress levels, increases creativity, and can provide an opportunity for family and friends to interact and work together. These activities are intended to teach lessons on how to communicate, how to work together, and the importance of listening and leadership. People create connections as they strive to reach goals they've set, release endorphins, and share a sense of accomplishment. It's beautiful and rewarding to help orchestrate that- plus I don't mind the killer glutes from being on a trail all day!" -Marly Benedicto, Founder of Hikely LLC.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
It's impossible to chose just one, every group and every trail is so unique! People are always captivated when learning the quirky fun facts and history of Los Angeles while on the Backpacker's Trail. The Family Fun trail is an absolute delight, this short and simple trail is designed to engage young hikers with the original games and folklore of the Chumash tribes who once lived in the Santa Monica Mountains. But the best reactions typically follow the guided meditation on the Trail to Consciousness- hiking has a lot of life analogies, and on this trail we have great opportunities to reflect on topics in depth that are inspired through connecting to our senses.