• Activities:

    Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    3.25 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    800 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

Run Runyon Canyon and enjoy some of the most amazing views of Los Angeles. This is a great option for an early morning workout or a sunset date hike.

Located in the Hollywood Hills, Runyon is an iconic workout run/ hike that can give you great views all the way to the ocean. There are a few different loop trails/ hikes you can take ranging from ~1.5mi to 3.25mi all with a decent amount of elevation gain. Also, remember this is Hollywood, so you might spot a celebrity or two...especially with their dogs.

All of the trails are well marked and maintained and are wide enough for multiple people, so you'll definitely not get lost.

Photos: Chris Goldberg; Paul McGunnigle; Mark Mitchell; Ryan Vaarsi; Ryan Vaarsi

Pack List

  • Hiking or running shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
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It’s a canyon overrun with various irritating people of Hollywood. If you have no experience hiking, go to Temescal or Franklin Canyon. Far less crowded, nicer scenery, and better parking.

4 months ago
4 months ago

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.

10 months ago
10 months ago

Runyon is a great workout with great views! Parking on the other hand was a nightmare to deal with. Took over 45 min to find a spot!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Great views of downtown and the valley below. Pretty cool seeing a few tv stars enjoying the trail too!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Runyon Will Be Closed From April 1st to July 31st!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Parking is very limited, suggest parking far and walk/run to the hill

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

Grant Nyquist Admin

I'm basically awesome, more basic though

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