Runyon Canyon Park
Runyon Canyon Park
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Located off Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills, this park is especially loved by dog-lovers since they can hike with their dogs without a leash.
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  • 600FrankC66
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Runyon Canyon Hike
    This was a good hike/walk up from Hollywood and Fuller up to the entrance to Runyon and up to Mulholland Drive. I took the paved path up, which will take you to Mulholland with a link up to the West trail. The paved path is a moderate climb. The West trail, which I descended is more rugged and steep in some places. I wouldn't recommend the West trail(up or down) to someone that isn't in decent shape or not an experienced hiker. It is steep in some sections. TAKE WATER, although there are water fountains along the paved trail. It's not crowded but is definitely a popular walk for the regulars. Great views of LA from the top!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Cavalier1994
    Bethesda, Maryland557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Hiking in the hills of Hollywood!
    Great hike with fantastic views of LA and the Hollywood sign! The trails are moderate but a bit challenging in certain places. The Beware of Rattlesnakes signs are helpful and so are the few water replenishment spots. Parking is limited at the main lot so just be mindful. To enter the enclosed park, there is a gate near the parking lot. We drove up Mulholland drive to get to the lot. Not a lot of shade so bring the sunscreen!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2024
  • John M
    Langley, Canada88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great May Hike in LA!
    Challenging for non-hikers but some beautiful views are the reward for your efforts. Wear good shoes as the well travelled dusty trails can be slippery otherwise. Took the trails up and the paved pathway down which was a good strategy. Great way to see LA and get your bearings.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 May 2024
  • Rachel & Andy
    393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab views of Hollywood.
    Visited: 16/06/2023 Wasn't expecting a hiking trail in the middle of Hollywood in L.A. so we were pleasantly surprised. It was a brilliant walk. We did the East Ridge which had a steeper incline on the way up but the views were worth it. Take plenty of water with you for doing this Park, and wear decent trainers or hiking shoes. Whichever side you do you are in for some stunning views of Hollywood at the top.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2024
  • Rick P
    Phoenix, Arizona28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views. Worth it.
    Amazing views of the Hollywood hills, the Hollywood sign and L.A. I arrived at 12:30, and parked at the North trailhead. The small, dirt parking lot sign said full, but I found one of only two open spots. I took the West trail, which turned out to be closed for renovation, but everyone has been bypassing the closure for what looked like months. The trail can be steep with slippery sand at times. At the South end I made a wrong turn and had to take the paved fire road back up the canyon. Still a good workout for me. The East trail looked as steep as the West, for a challenging climb. It was about 90 minutes round trip. Upon returning, the lot was mostly empty by 2:15 pm. This was a Thursday. Great views. Great memory. Would do it again. A local informed me there is another nice hike just one canyon to the West, and not as busy. Maybe next time!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 June 2024
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GiGi
Green Bay, WI19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
While the hike, and views were great be careful on parking! LA, and Hollywood tow are in bed together. Parking anywhere at the top will get you towed. Hollywood tow charged almost $300, and the sleezy city of LA will give you a $93 parking ticket. They purposely closed the parking lot! Park at the bottom on the side streets.
Written 8 August 2020
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David N
Hawthorne, CA5,030 contributions
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Jan 2020
Runyon Canyon is convenient to get to and offers great views of the city. It is quite popular, so you will not be alone on this hike.

You can start at the top of the canyon off of Mulholland Drive, but I like to start from the bottom at the Vista Gate, because there is a steep hill up to the gate before you even enter the park. I also like to do the Hero's Trail, which is the most difficult and steep of the hikes available in the park. If you enter through the Vista Gate, as you go up the road past the water fountain, take the first left after the interior gate and you will be on the Hero's Trail.

You can also just follow the road up and back to stay on pavement the whole time.

If you go on a day after it rains, you can see beautiful views of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean, as well as of the whole city.

It is a beautiful spot and a place to get some great exercise hiking some steep hills.

(photos taken on various hikes over the years)
Written 23 March 2020
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858sharlae
Warminster, PA174 contributions
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May 2019
Even though I was having a rough morning from our night out in West Hollywood, after a fulfilling breakfast, I was in need of some fresh air and to sweat out the toxins. Runyon Canyon park has street parking in the surrounding streets near the entrance. It wasn't too difficult to find free on street parking fairly close by. We walked about two blocks from our parking spot and entered Runyon Canyon and started on the trail over to the right. It turned out to be the more difficult and steeper dirt part of the trail but ultimately led us to the awesome views of the city as well as excellent views of the Hollywood sign. We also walked right up past the chain link fence with all the locks on it. At the top of the trail there were water refill stations. Once at the top and with water bottles replenished, we had the easier walk back down the other side. As difficult as the walk was since I was out of shape, I really enjoyed it and appreciated the views. It was totally worth it in the end.
Written 4 January 2020
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caraj00
Adelaide, Australia55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I really enjoyed this hike, I was able to get some good exercise while on holiday, and it also offers fabulous views over the whole city of Los Angeles.
I exercise regularly including the gym, so while some of the dirt trail did make me puff, there were plenty of places to stop to catch my breath and keep going. However my hiking companion found it tough going and gave up halfway.
The fire path is easy underfoot, and a good option for those who don't like coming down hills on a dirt track.
Keep an eye on the ground to watch out for snakes near the top - I almost stepped on a little one!
Written 16 May 2020
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TeroLohja
Lohja, Finland426 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Solo
Absolutely super views for a morning run. Or semi-run, as partly the hills are really steep and it is slow hiking. Great anyways. Just make sure you don't do this more than 30mins before sunrise, otherwise you'll miss big part of the views and it is quite difficult to see where to step. Heard from a friend ;)
Written 9 March 2020
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mark b
Annapolis, MD47 contributions
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July 2021
This was a great hike! There are three different "trails" to take. The west (which is the hardest), the east (which is not nearly as difficult), and the fire trail (which is paved and very easy). They all loop together so you can take different trails up or down. We took the west up and it was all dirt and rocks which made it much more fun and then the east down. The views of Los Angeles are amazing! I recommend going early as it tends to get quite warm later in the day. I think it's about a three mile loop.
Written 16 July 2021
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TigerTina301
New Orleans, LA1,747 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
Came here for a hike with my dad and little brother while on vacation. As many others stated in previous reviews, parking did look tricky if you didn’t get a spot outside in the front. We went on a Friday around 1pm and lucked out getting a parking spot in front of the park about 10 cars down. It was not crowded at all and there are indeed no bathrooms. We hiked the East Trail which took an hour. Just enter and go right. There is a small part that is uphill, but it’s not bad. You’ll pass the gate with the padlocks and then come across a spot to view the Hollywood sign. Beautiful views!! We had a great time. Bring a backpack with waters and sunscreen as there are not trees for shade.
Written 2 August 2021
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Sophia P
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4,457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
We entered the park from the top, the park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. We took the walk along the trail all the way to the bottom which took us about 35 minutes. It’s quite steep going down but such amazing views. It was busy with dogs but thankfully no bikes allowed. Just incredible views and well worth the hike.
Written 6 November 2020
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geotech522
5,309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Runyon Canyon is a not too hidden treasure in the Hollywood Hills of L.A. It is 130 acres of undeveloped hillside and canyon stretching from the foot of the Hollywood Hills just north of Hollywood Boulevard up to the top of the hills at Mulholland Drive. On a weekend, the park can be quite crowded. Parking at the south entrance on Fuller Avenue can be difficult as only street parking is available. You may have to park blocks away in the neighborhood nearby. From the south entrance, there are basically three hiking loops you can take. These loops range from 1.9, 2.65, and 3.3 miles long. A shorter 0.85 mile loop can be done at the north end (from Mulholland). I did the 1.9 mile loop and you do get to see some magnificent views of Los Angeles from Inspiration Point and Cloud's Rest on these loops. The east trail can be quite challenging as it can be very steep and some parts are very sandy, so footing can be difficult. Hiking shoes are highly recommended; having athletic shoes won't provide the traction you need to keep a firm footing on some of these steep sandy places. The hike is quiet rewarding in getting great exercise and spectacular scenery of both the natural canyon and the surrounding neighborhoods with expensive homes. Bring lots of water and snacks, too.
Written 28 February 2020
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Elisa M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
Listen, folks. Nothing that I’ve read on line accurately describes or prepares you for the rigors of this hike, which is actually a CLIMB, at least if you take the West Trail, which is what I did.

Anyone who describes Runyon Canyon as an easy hike is trying to prove something, or has not hiked the West Trail.

Yes, the views are amazing and the flora is stunning, and you will feel like a warrior once you complete this, BUT, you need to know that this trail features heavy sweating, dehydration, many sections that are at 45 degrees and even some at 60, thudding heartbeats, necessary rests with calming breaths and invocations of courage. The terrain is rugged, sandy and rocky, with narrow slippery trails cut through the mountainous hills. It requires shoes with good traction. The descent from the peak at the very top is especially treacherous, reducing many a hiker to butt sliding or climbing down backwards.

Even if you walk up the paved fire road, it is all uphill for well over a mile, and then all downhill to return.

A water bottle and sunscreen are musts.

Do not attempt this activity if you are over 60 unless you are flexible, strong , with good cardiac health and a fair dose of the confidence that comes from physical fitness.

When you complete this “hike” you will feel both euphoria and exhaustion afterward. It’s a great thing to do, but it IS challenging for people who do not rock climb.
Written 2 July 2023
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