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Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles

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Runyon Canyon Park represents an urban wilderness with desertlike habitat within one of America's most bustling cities. The park features hiking and picnicking areas, including an off-leash dog park (unleashed dogs are also permitted on hiking trails). Since it's close to Hollywood, you may spot celebrities here. Be sure to bring water with you; there are no water sources along trails. Nearby parking can be a challenge to find. To visit Runyon Canyon Park on your holiday in Los Angeles, and find out what else Los Angeles has to offer, use our Los Angeles.
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  • Runyon Canyon is THE BEST trail for hiking and amazing LA views. It's also a safe place to take the dogs for a stroll. The weekends get very busy so parking can be a challenge. 
    Runyon Canyon is THE BEST trail for hiking and amazing LA views. It's also a safe place to take the dogs for a stroll. The weekends get very busy so parking can be a challenge.  more »
  • Was in LA from out of state - staying for a long weekend. Saturday morning “hike” was fabulous. Easy to get to Runyon given its central location Parking can be tight and signage for parking in... 
    Was in LA from out of state - staying for a long weekend. Saturday morning “hike” was fabulous. Easy to get to Runyon given its central location Parking can be tight and signage for parking in...  more »
  • This is an easy hike for anyone visiting LA and offers some great views of the city. You also might run into an actor or two 
    This is an easy hike for anyone visiting LA and offers some great views of the city. You also might run into an actor or two  more »
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  • Runyon Canyon Park is one of my favorite places in LA, especially during a clear sunny morning, the views are amazing and the hike/run offers a great exercise. Runyon Canyon Park has several entrances. On the South valley side, there are entrances on Fuller St and Vista St, on the North hilltop side, it's off Mulholland Dr. Between these entrances there are three main trails/roads. The East Trail and the West Trail are dirt trails with great views. They are a bit steep, especially the West Trail; the central Fire Road is paved road and more gradual. All trails are well marked and easy to follow. There is a more technical and steeper trail between West Trail and Wattles Garden Park. Come around sunrise and sunset, the view is spectacular!
  • As the rude lady with her two golden retrievers said, “there are a lot of dogs, mostly unleashed.” This is true. We brought a friend who didn’t like dogs and it was a bit frightening for her, so fair warning. Overall, it was a great little walk, with some areas that I would consider to be a “hike.” About 3-5 miles. It’s all looped and connected so you can’t get lost. And there are some maps in the front. It’s a city hiking trail, I wouldn’t call this “nature” but it’s a nice workout if that’s what you’re going for. I would definitely wear sunscreen, no tree coverage. On a good day it’s got great views of the city and the Hollywood sign! Very cool. If you’re looking for something a little closer to nature, I would suggest a different hike, but overall it was a good one.
  • One of my favorite local places to hike in the Westside of LA. Parking can be tough depending on when you go but there’s usually free parking if you can find it by the apartment streets near it. Runyon is beautiful & open, has awesome views of the whole city and takes about an hour to get to the top - 1.5-2 hour hike depending on how fast or slow you walk/run. There’s different trails that branch off, it’s a great place to get in a quick workout as well. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a solo / safe hike to go on!!
  • Beautiful views. You can see the Hollywood sign, not up close, but you can see it as well as the whole LA city. You have two options to go up, the paved way or the stairs and gravel/sand area. We went up the paved way and it took us about an hour or so to get up. Very scenic though. The area was nice. There were residential people jogging and walking their dogs, very friendly. Worth the walk up. Recommend you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring plenty of water. Don’t go during peak hours of the day, it gets really hot in LA. We went around 6 and by 7:30 we weren’t coming down.
  • Great hike to do with friends and a puppy! Lots of young adults on a Saturday morning, not too many children, but MANY dogs. If you’re not a dog person, this might be a bit overwhelming—I’d just schedule to come during off peak. There were Porter potties at the entrance. We used spot hero to find ourselves a parking lot for $10 about .4miles away. There is closer street parking if it’s not too busy and your game for parallel parking. Close enough to the Walk of Fame if you want to stack your day with fun. This park has a handful of hikes to choose from, we chose a shorter 2 mile loop. You can see the Hollywood sign from a distance and nice homes in the Hollywood hills.

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