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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 84%Spiritual Seekers
- 78%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Local Culture
- 69%Budget Travelers
- 69%Family Travelers
User Reviews (55 Reviews)
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureFoodies+ 2Feb 21, 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget 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…
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 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.
- Runyon Canyon ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget 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.