Runyon Canyon Park
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 85%Budget Travelers
- 84%Adventure Travelers
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- 76%Local Culture
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- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2
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:
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- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
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 ParkMember ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7
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 ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts
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 ofBackpackersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 12
Pros: Great view of the city, celebrity sightings (if you're into it) & dogs galore
Cons: You'll be hiking on asphalt for most of the hike and you won't really feel like you're chilling with Mother Nature.
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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 TravelersWellness
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:
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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:
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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+ 5
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: