Runyon Canyon Park
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- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 28, 2014
For those in marginally fair physical shape, a walk down the fire road that begins at the top of 160-acre Runyon Canyon Park (using the northern entrance off the 7300 block of Mulholland Drive) offers an impressive view of the Los Angeles Basin ranging from the Hollywood Sign to downtown, to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Monica. It will also take you to within a few blocks of Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Roosevelt Hotel. The walk back won't be as bad as it looks. Eavesdropping on and watching the many other walkers (and a few joggers), including an occasional celebrity and wannabe, will serve as welcome distractions in this dog friendly park. Sir Richard Branson of Virgin fame told the L.A. Times that "Hiking Runyon Canyon is an L.A. must-do...the people-watching is great - people and their dogs."Recommended for:
- Runyon Canyon ParkJul 21, 2014
Runyon Canyon is a 160-acre park smack dab in the heart of everything - a stone's throw away from the historic Hollywood strip and other amazing landmarks that make this one of the greatest cities on the planet.
Runyon Canyon not only offers the best hiking trails in Los Angeles, breathtaking views of the city, an amazing dog park for your four-legged friend but it also offers free daily yoga classes with professional instructors, your favorite celebrities and an atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. Don't forget your camera!Recommended for:
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellnessOct 19, 2013
There are two reasons I love Runyon Canyon: the hiking and the free yoga. As for the former, there are three trails of differing difficulty you can take, so it's a perfect destination for whatever your needs. And as for the yoga, it's held at 10:30am, 2pm, and 6pm weekdays and 10:30am and 6pm weekends, and it's donations only.Recommended for:
- Runyon Canyon ParkOct 16, 2013
After living in Los Angeles for over a year, I figured it was time to finally check out Runyon. I had heard a lot of bad things: too touristy, too many dogs (that no one picks up after), but I had a great experience. True, parking is a pain, but that isn't new to LA.
My friend and I took the long train and actually got lost for a bit, so we were hiking for a good hour and a half. We also started at 4, so by the time we made our way to the exit it was already dark out. A lot of people bring flashlights, and it's kind of a cool experience to see families out there in the dark, kids holding lights like they're on some kind of scavenger hunt. Yes, the first part of the hike is a steep uphill battle and you'll feel it the next day, but it really isn't a difficult trek overall, and certainly has one of the best almost-360-degree view in town.Recommended for:
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Sep 27, 2013
Where can you find all the pretentious workout types who don’t go to the gym in Hollywood? Well obviously they are all here at Runyon Canyon (at the same time) doing a workout of either jogging/climbing/hiking or whatever.
I decided to go hike here with a friend last week and it was a great lil hike/workout, except for the fact that there was like a thousand other people doing the same thing. AT THE SAME TIME! Regardless I still enjoyed it.
PRO TIP #1: Parking is a PITA and make sure you don’t park in a spot which has public parking until 7pm and permit only afterwards!
So Runyon has 3 routes from the bottom that you can head up. The right side leads to the “stairs”, the middle path leads up a paved maintenance road, and the left side climbs up to the ridge and allows you to stroll along the ridge crest to the back of the park.
PRO TIP #2: I didn’t see any restrooms, but there are a lot of shrubs =X
All of these areas are decent. But most people seem to stroll up the path or the stairs and then down the other side. I found it much nice to climb the stairs and then clamber up to the ridge from the back of the park. Definitely a fun fun time. If you time this at or close to sunset, you will get some awesome photos that are difficult to get in most of LA. It also presents a great view of the LA Basin lights at night.
PRO TIP #3: There is a doggie park at the main entrance from Fuller Ave.
Next to the entrance is a private vendor selling things like water and energy bars. Be ready for a stinky walk to the entrance. A lot of dogs have decided to urinate or defecate near the entrance from Fuller. Unfortunately not all of their owners will pick up the scat.
Overall though this is a fun way to see a big chunk of LA and it can be a great date destination for something a little bit outside of the norm. Imagine taking a picnic up to the ridgeline to watch the sunset or something similar. Hope you like this place too…Recommended for:
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Sep 02, 2013
Favorite place to go for a weekend hike with the pup then after the hike a nice yoga session at the bottom of the hill. Yoga is free with a small donation! Parking is difficult so don't get discouraged.Recommended for:
- Runyon Canyon ParkAug 31, 2013
Runyon Canyon is one of the most poplar hikes in the LA Area. A lot of people bring their dogs. Its a great place to get some exercise while taking in the great views of Hollywood/Los Angeles.
The hiking trails can get quite busy. There are certain areas where dogs are required to be on leash and others were they are allowed to roam free. There are also portions with steep inclines and declines. So you need to be careful and patient. There are a lot of people on the trails and many dogs. However, if you are able to deal with all this Runyon Canyon is not a bad hike.
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Aug 15, 2013
Have a dog? Love dogs? Love beautiful views (on the rare occasion when LA isn't smoggy)? This is the trail for you then.
I came here for the first time recently and I am kicking myself for not coming sooner. Located in Hollywood, Runyon Canyon is a little hiking trail that is dog friendly and also features a dog free park at the base where people can take yoga classes. Rain or shine, this park is always a great experience. When it is sunny, you can get breathtaking views of LA, from the skyline of downtown to the Channel Islands (if it's REALLY clear). Rain brings in the fog, and with it, a sense of hiking through Jurassic Park.
I'm a huge fan of exercising without realizing you're exercising. This is one of those perfect locations to do it!Recommended for:
- Runyon Canyon ParkMay 25, 2013
WE LOVE USING THE NORTH ENTRANCE – 2.6 miles east of Laurel Canyon Blvd. on Mulholland Drive
We think this walk has the best views of the Hollywood Hills and the City of Los Angeles, and all the way out to Catalina Island on a clear day. The parking and entrance for this walk are actually the north entrance of Runyon Canyon Park, a large park and series of hiking trails that starts way below off Franklin Avenue. Follow the trail/route that you will find most other people going in to see amazing views of the Hollywood Sign, a lot of Hollywood Hills homes, the Griffith Park Observatory, and the skyline of Hollywood and Los Angeles to the ocean. Dogs are allowed off-leash throughout all of Runyon Canyon Park (a ways into the walk from this entrance, watch for signs and other off-leash dogs). Closes at dusk.
- Runyon Canyon ParkMay 20, 2013
I like the three different levels of trails at this park. Trail A is long and flat, which is good for beginners. Trail B is more challenge but still fun to try. Trail C will make your body sore so get ready. There is also free yoga class and stretching area. You can take your dog too, something for everyone.Recommended for:
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersMar 19, 2013
This is the place to see and be seen (in a more natural setting). People are dressed in their best workout clothing and full makeup and everyone looks fantastic working out on the incline for the trail. The park itself is not very pretty but there are great views of the city. It's also a great place to take your dog off leash.
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Mar 08, 2013
Hiking, people watching, and dogs!
When my agent called me to find out if I'd settle for 1.3 instead of a 1.5 million dollar contract, I said, "Let me think about it; meet me at Runyon Canyon so I can get in touch with nature and discuss business at the same time. " Ok, not really, but if I had an agent, I think I'd fit right in here.
This dog exercise area is full of people and dogs, but considering the location and relative easiness of the hike, what do you expect? At 3.6 miles with an 800 foot elevation gain, it's a hike that can done quickly and without carrying a backpack or even a bottle of water (although I would still suggest bringing at least a bottle of water, even on a cool day).
If you take the trail clockwise, you will go up a slope, then come down 'steps'. If you want a more strenuous hike, go counterclockwise, going up the 'steps' and down the slope. There are many places to stop along the way and enjoy the views of the city, the Hollywood sign, and even the mountains and ocean.
Some common complaints:
~Poop. The majority of this area is an off-leash dog park. Unfortunately, there are some bad dog owners out there who believe that means it's also a don't-pick-up-poop area as well.
~All the people/All the Hollywood types. Yeah, it's a popular area. If you don't like it and want to go on a "real" hike, drive to one of the many other areas a little further from the city.
~You can see the city/You can't escape into the wilderness. Well, you are in the middle of civilization. Some people appreciate the view of the city. See above tip regarding "real" hiking.
~Parking. Limited street parking does suck. But don't be afraid to park further away and make the trek up the little hill to start your hike. After all, you are there to get some exercise, right?
So why do people hike here?
~If you have a dog, they can run around without a leash! (Just please obey the signs for the areas which are not off-leash.)
~If you are a dog lover, OMG!! They are all so cute! I even saw a Saluki/Spaniel mix...that made my day!
~If you live close by, it's super convenient.
~It's nicer than going to the gym.
~There are some other little trails if you're not afraid to get off the main trail.
It's definitely not my favorite place to hike, but I would probably frequent this area if I lived super close by. It is really convenient for those who want to get in a bit of a workout while enjoying views of the city and a bit of nature without going to a gym.
The plethora of pups earns an extra star from me.
- Runyon Canyon ParkFeb 02, 2013
I wanted to take a leisurely/medium-level hike since I had a minor sprain in my ankle from last weekend's hike (ha ha, another hike? I'm smartz).
+ You are hiking... in Hollywood. Thus, you will spot hot people (aka aspiring actors/actresses) who are half-naked.
Good on the eyes and body inspiration. Plus plus.
+ So many cute, well-trained dogs - most of them unleashed
+ A short part of going up will kick your ass, but for the most part, there's no fuss, quick, and leisurely.
- Horrendous hilly street parking. If you live in this area, good luck with hikers taking up your street space, oy. Parking signs and towing hell.
The view here is great. You could see some fancy Hollywood homes, and the view is pretty clear considering it's rare to see an overcast in this area + you're not THAT high up compared to other hikes.
Naked people and dogs, fitness inspiration......... SET
- Runyon Canyon ParkSep 12, 2012
OMG!!! This hike is so LA! I love it! (in my best valley voice)
If you're the type of person who hikes for the sake of hooking up with new people, then this is the hot spot to meet people for dating. Forget the grocery store, hiking is it.
Hell, I wouldn't even be surprised if a person hikes this spot in high heels. You can't go on a hike here without being dressed to the nines in your athletic gear. There is a ton of eye candy for girls, boys and dog lovers!
This is an easy 3.6 mile hike not bad. incline- not that high a cool 800 ft. So needless to say, I think a bad hangover made the hike a bit challenging. I was so under prepared that I brought flat sneakers. Bad idea!
For the most part, it was an easy hike. It was only towards the end that I realized my shoes were going to kill me. The last portion was a little steep and my shoe kept slipping. There were huge wooden steps to assist but with the wrong shoes I had to walk down gingerly. I can see why there was a fence.
The views were pretty neat. I can't believe I've never ventured up here. Once you reach the top you can see the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory. LA looked rad and we actually had an ocean view. The snow capped mountains looked magnificent as a background to the multimillion dollar homes on the hills.
It's a very LA hike, so don't be upset if you're not enjoying nature away from the city. What I love about this place is that it's super dog friendly. Although that is a reason why I love this place, I am a bit disappointed with the amount of doggy doo hanging out on the trail. So shame on you dog owners for not paying close attention to Fido or Fifi.
OH, OH, OH- I almost forgot, this was the first time I've ever seen purse puppies walk. I didn't know they actually had legs. SO cute.
- Runyon Canyon ParkAug 08, 2012
A great place to hike. I'm not much of a hiker and pretty scared of heights and this one is not a problem for me. There are always tons of people, at times a little too much. But the end result is a fabulous view of LA!
Some things I don't like. Tons of dogs off their leash! At times they get in my way. It's also a very hollywood crowd, a lot of people want to be "seen". But at the same time there are a lot of beautiful people enjoying the trail.
Parking is pretty tough but not impossible. Make sure to take your camera!