Run Runyon Canyon
Los Angeles › Runyon Canyon (South Entrance)
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Run Runyon Canyon and enjoy some of the most amazing views of Los Angeles. This is a great option as an early morning workout or a sunset date.
This 130-acre dog park is located in Hollywood on the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, providing hikers with a few overlapping loops and great views over Hollywood. For a quick Runyon Canyon hike, try a 1.65-mile loop with 500 feet of elevation gain, or get more of a workout on a larger 2.65-mile loop with 700 feet of elevation gain. To really stretch your legs, extend things even further for a 3.25-mile hike with 800 feet of elevation gain. This is a crowded park, so if you are looking for a bit of outdoor exercise with added people watching, Runyon Canyon is perfect.
The majority of the trails in Runyon Canyon Park are wide dirt and paved fire roads, but there are also single-track trails that are often steeper and less maintained. Runyon Canyon is officially a dog park and has off-leash areas where canines run free. The landscape is well trodden and the trails can easily feel congested. Runyon Canyon starts at the main entrance at the top of Fuller Avenue, two blocks north of Hollywood Boulevard. If you're looking to hike even further, you can connect Runyon Canyon Park to nearby Trebek Open Space.
- Hiking or running shoes
- Comfortable clothes
- Sun block
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Runyon Canyon is an LA staple. You have to do it at least once. The views are some of the best in the city and not to be missed. But if you don't like hiking with tons of people around, you might want to do this once just to say you did, and then check out some other less-trafficked local hikes.
This hike has cool panoramic views of LA and is a great option for those who don't want to venture outside of the city however it's usually extremely crowded and can get very hot as there is not much shade on the trail
Great Views! Too Mainstream
Guess we can thank social media for the outburst of this canyons popularity. From Rihanna to The Game you don't know who you'll see on these trails. If you're more about the scene then the scenery, this spot is for you my friend!
Parking is always tough and this place can get pretty packed (with dogs and people) on the weekends, but it is worth doing once! It's an absurdly clear, wide path that takes you to the top where you can take in panoramic views of Los Angeles. Try to hit a clear day and you can see from the ocean to far beyond downtown.
Live in Downtown or Near USC? Take the Expo Line to the Red Line all the way up to the Hollywood/Highland station - it's about a 10-15 minute walk to Runyon from there and you avoid the awful parking situation. Hint - if you DID take your car, there's a Ralph's at the VERY bottom of the Runyon trek (about a block down) where you can park unnoticed for a few hours.
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