Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles
About Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles - Address, Phone Number
Address: 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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Spread over 160 acres, Runyon Canyon Park is one of the best recreational areas which offer a perfect contrast to the usual hustle bustle of the city. They are located at the extreme eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountain range and are easily one of the most scenic locations of the city. There are various trails here for you to take to explore the beautiful nooks and corners of the park. The best part is that you can take your dog for a hike as well and he is sure to lick you more out of happiness considering it’s a location and an activity which is generally loved by dogs.
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One of the highest parks in the City of Los Angeles. Outstanding views of the City out to the Pacific Ocean and Catlin Island. However, a large section of this area is owned by a b private party. The private area encompasses more acreage than Disneyland. This area is entered by "invitation only." Access to the park and private area is accomplished via high dollar value, residential area. Don't even consider driving erratically or speeding through the area. The public area and private area both have wheelchair accessible parking...but don't let go of the handles. This area has steep hills and rough terrain.
Parking nearly impossible. You have choice of starting on to the bottom or top. 2 choices, easy or hard route. If you park top off the hill, parking area closes at sunset. Careful parking on top and bottom, parking patrol is always going around. Dog water fountains placed every so often, and bring doggy poop bags easy hike takes about 50 minutes round trip and hard hike took about 1hr 45 at brisk pace.
This park is a wilderness within the Hollywood Hills and city of Los Angeles. Designated as an off-leash park for dogs it is one of the best parks in the city for your dog. Many of the structures in here are designs by Frank Lloyd Wright and lived in by Hollywoods Superstars. Errol Flynn lived in one of the larger estates towards the bottom of the canyon. These days, however , just a foundation and a brick fireplace are all that remain of these structures as they burned to the ground in the 30s.
This is the preferred hiking destination for many in the Hollywood/Valley area. There's numerous trails to choose from, most of of which aren't too challenging for even a novice walker/hiker/jogger. If you're not particularly fit, I'd start from the entrance at the bottom (Fuller, just North of Franklin) and either go to the right for a slightly challenging low-to-intermediate skill-level dirt trail hike with a fairly steep grade, or go left for a really basic uphill paved track. This way, walking downhill to get back to your car is easier than uphill (probably best if you're out of shape). Whichever route you take, you will be rewarded with a great view near the top. In a clear day, you can see not only the Hollywood Sign, Capital Records Building and Griffith Observatory in one view, but the Pacific, glittering on the horizon. Early in the morning, it is also not uncommon to see famous people out for their morning run.
Runyon Canyon is one of the popular hikes in the LA area because of its easy access and location. Locals and tourists alike come here to hike. There are 3 trails that you can hike which ranges from easy to difficult. Each trail provides stunning views of the LA area. The middle trail which is a paved road, leads to the top of the East and West ridge trails. It has a steady incline which is ideal for kids and for running up/down the hill. The East Ridge trail is a little more challenging. It has a steep incline going up the hill but not that difficult. It provides views of the Hollywood sign. This is the trail where you will find the locks of love attached to the fence. The West Ridge trail is the most difficult trail. It has several steep climbs which some are very close to the edge of the hill. Not ideal for kids. This trail provides the most stunning views because it is at the highest peak. Runyon Canyon is a dog friendly hiking trail. You will see tons of dogs hiking and running with their owners
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