This park is not for hiking, but for viewing! By the way, look at the dogs trained here! There are many people, including models, ready models, top trainers and tourists from all over the world. It has a good view. You can see Hollywood signs, the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles City, and more on sunny days. We're here again for Hollywood's signature wilderness. If we have good speed control, we can have a good time. It's fun here. It's unbelievable. I've lived in Lalaland for 20 years and I'm only here now. It's really worth it. I'll come here again to watch the sunset!
WE LOVE USING THE NORTH ENTRANCE – 2.6 miles east of Laurel Canyon Blvd. on Mulholland DriveWe think this walk has the best views of the Hollywood Hills and the City of Los Angeles, and all the way out to Catalina Island on a clear day. The parking and entrance for this walk are actually the north entrance of Runyon Canyon Park, a large park and series of hiking trails that starts way below off Franklin Avenue. Follow the trail/route that you will find most other people going in to see amazing views of the Hollywood Sign, a lot of Hollywood Hills homes, the Griffith Park Observatory, and the skyline of Hollywood and Los Angeles to the ocean. Dogs are allowed off-leash throughout all of Runyon Canyon Park (a ways into the walk from this entrance, watch for signs and other off-leash dogs). Closes at dusk.
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."
Have a dog? Love dogs? Love beautiful views (on the rare occasion when LA isn't smoggy)? This is the trail for you then. I came here for the first time recently and I am kicking myself for not coming sooner. Located in Hollywood, Runyon Canyon is a little hiking trail that is dog friendly and also features a dog free park at the base where people can take yoga classes. Rain or shine, this park is always a great experience. When it is sunny, you can get breathtaking views of LA, from the skyline of downtown to the Channel Islands (if it's REALLY clear). Rain brings in the fog, and with it, a sense of hiking through Jurassic Park. I'm a huge fan of exercising without realizing you're exercising. This is one of those perfect locations to do it!
If you want to see the stars in Hollywood, pass on the bus tour, don’t bother shopping on Robertson. Strap on your Nike’s, slap on sunscreen and head to this “seen and be scene” hiking trail in the hills just west of the Hollywood Sign. Bring bottled water and take the main trail that curls around the canyon. It's a brisk 45 minutes up and back. There’s a more advance trail uphill, but what do you got to prove? Relax, eavesdrop on the juicy Hollywood conversations and enjoy the stunning scenery -- the cinematic views are nice too! OMG! Amanda Siegfried sweats! Is that shirtless dude Mathew McConaughey? Well, alright, alright, alright. Just avoid the doggie land mines and parking is a nightmare since no one seems to works in LA.
Runyon Canyon is a 160-acre park smack dab in the heart of everything - a stone's throw away from the historic Hollywood strip and other amazing landmarks that make this one of the greatest cities on the planet. Runyon Canyon not only offers the best hiking trails in Los Angeles, breathtaking views of the city, an amazing dog park for your four-legged friend but it also offers free daily yoga classes with professional instructors, your favorite celebrities and an atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. Don't forget your camera!
I love this hike. I do it regularly. It's got great views of LA. It's always busy but not overwhelming. Dogs are allowed which makes it fun for animal lovers. The people watching is great! And you will see the occasional celebrity. NOTE for tourists: it's not a walk in the park, it gets difficult and hot so please go in appropriate attire. I saw someone try to hike it in heels and it did not end well.
Amazing Yoga Classes Outdoor!!! Among the countless great opportunities to have fun (free of charge!) you may find in Los Angeles, this is no doubt in the top 10! All year around, three classes a day, 7 days a week! If you are looking for a more challenging class, join the yoga boot camp on Sundays lead by Yogi Steve! Ready to get energized?!? Namaste'
No matter what level of fitness you're at, you can get a great workout here while enjoying spectacular views of L.A.As others have mentioned, Runyon doesn't have the most naturey feel to it. A lot of the trails are covered in pot hole ridden asphalt but the hills, city views, and potential celebrity sightings more than make up for it.