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HIKING RUNYON CANYON

If you’re visiting Los Angeles and want to “do as the locals do”, check out one of the many hikes favored by active Angelenos.

The Runyon Canyon hike is unique – it’s a patch of parkland and wilderness right in the middle of Hollywood. It has a reputation of being celebrity central – not that I would ever recognize anyone, I’m so bad with faces and names. Even better though, it seems like everyone you meet on the hike has a dog so you will end meeting a lot of very happy dogs roaming around. 

Anyways, back to the hike. I think the Runyon Canyon hike is great for other reasons. The location is great; it’s located in the heart of Hollywood and is super easy to get to. If you’re driving up there, you can park for free. However, it does attract a lot of hikers throughout the day and at times can be challenging finding an available parking spot. To save yourself the trouble of having to find parking, get an Uber or Lyft up there. Easy! You can enter from either North Fuller Avenue or from Vista Street.

The trail is easy to follow and offers amazing views. On clear days you can see all the way to the Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the skyscrapers in downtown to the southeast, and the Hollywood sign and the mountains to the east.

   Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean can be spotted in the horizon

The infamous Hollywood sign in the background

Downtown LA

There are two trails; one is paved and runs in the middle of the park – you basically follow the paved path up and walk the same way back down. Due to the pavement, people also bring strollers for this path. 

The trail is easy to follow and offers amazing views. On clear days you can see all the way to the Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the skyscrapers in downtown to the southeast, and the Hollywood sign and the mountains to the east.

The other trail runs along the park’s outer border and is gravel. The hike loops around and is around 5.6 km (3.5 miles). Bear in mind, that some parts of the trail are quite steep, so do wear appropriate shoes! 

 

It a great hike and pretty decent workout. Depending on your fitness level and the length of your breaks along the route, the loop along the outer border of the park takes around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Remember to stop and enjoy the view!

charlotte

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